October 8 - October 29, 2009

Thank you for helping us celebrate the
10th Anniversary of the Human Rights Film Series!

The Annual Human Rights Film Series at American University explores ways in which film and media can be used to promote and protect human rights. This year, the largest coalition of partners joined together to organize an impressive schedule of films and speakers for the 10th anniversary. The series kick-off was at the AU Katzen Arts Center. The next two films were screened at the Wechsler Theater on the 3rd floor of the Mary Graydon Center at American University's Main Campus. The film series finished with a final screening at the Katzen Arts Center. All screenings began at 5:30pm and featured a post-screening discussion with award-winning filmmakers and human rights advocates. The Series is always free and open to the public every year.
We hope to see you next year, at the 11th Annual Human Rights Film Series!

Film Schedule:

October 8, 2009 @ the Katzen Arts Center -
Burma VJ
With special guests -Burmese monks


Armed with video-cameras a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country.

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October 15, 2009 @ the Wechsler Theater -
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
With special guest -film editor Mary Lampson


The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy-a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

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October 22, 2009 @ the Wechsler Theater -
New Muslim Cool
With special guest — filmmaker Jennifer Maytorena Taylor


Take a ride with Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez’s through the streets, projects and jail cells of urban America, following his spiritual journey to some surprising places - where we can all see ourselves reflected in a world that never stops changing.

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October 29, 2009 @ the Katzen Arts Center -
The Reckoning
With special guests -Paco De Onis and Pamela Yates


Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issues arrest warrants for the rebel leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, puts 4 Congolese warlords on trial in The Hague, charges the President of Sudan with genocide and war crimes in Darfur, challenges the UN Security Council to have him arrested, and shakes up the Colombian criminal justice system. Will this tiny upstart court in The Hague tame the Wild West of international conflict zones and end the culture of impunity?

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American University Address (Mary Graydon Center, 3rd Floor):  4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC.

American University Katzen Arts Center: 4400 Massachusetts Ave—see Google Maps

For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, please call the Center at 202-274-4180 or e-mail humlaw@wcl.american.edu or the Center for Social Media at 202-885-3107 or socialmedia@american.edu

The 10th Annual Human Rights Film Series is sponsored by the Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the School of Communication’s Center for Social Media, in collaboration with the following offices and programs at American University:

WAMU 88.5,
Department of General Education,
Black Student Alliance,
Women’s Initiative,
School of International Service Grad Council,
Department of Sociology,
Department of Religion and Philosophy,
School of International Service International Peace and Conflict Resolution Department,
Center for Global Peace,
Multicultural Affairs,
Community Service Center,
Office of Campus Life,
Kay Spiritual Life Center,
Community Action and Social Justice Collective,
Darfur Action, and the
Peacebuilding and Development Institute.


Previous Human Rights Film Series programming