8th Annual Human Rights Film Series

Presented by:
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law & the Center for Social Media

October 3 - November 8, 2007

The Center, in conjunction with the AU Center for Social Media, the Center for Global Peace, the Kay Spiritual Life Center, and School of International Service sponsored the Eight Annual Human Rights Film Series. The Film Series explores ways in which film and media can be used to promote and protect human rights.

Out of respect for those breaking the Ramadan fast, light refreshments were served at each screening. Each film was followed by a discussion with a guest speaker from local NGOs and institutions.


Human Rights in a Time of War: An Evening with Ghosts of Abu Ghraib Producer Liz Garbus

November 8, 5:30pm
Katzen Arts Center

Award-winning human rights film pioneer Liz Garbus shared her experiences and answered questions about the making of this provocative film. This event took place against the backdrop of Fernando Botero's startingly barbaric exhibit, Botero: Abu Ghraib.


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Runtime: 85 minutes
The film portrayed the unlikely journey of two Israelis and two Palestinians as they risk their lives and public standing to promote nonviolence in their communities.  A true story about the everyday leaders who refuse to sit back as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict escalates.


Wednesday, October 3,
WCL Rm. 603,
6 p.m.

Encounter Point
At Main Campus:

Thursday, October 4,
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd floor,
Mary Graydon Center,
5:30 p.m.

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Runtime: 82 minutes
Fourteen-year-old Basilieo and his younger brother work in the mines of Cerro Rico in Bolivia, where devout Catholic miners sever their ties with God upon entering the mountain. Winner, Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Special Mention.

At WCL: Wednesday, October 17,
WCL 6th Floor Student Lounges,
6 p.m.
The Devil's Miner
At Main Campus: Thursday, October 18,
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd floor,
Mary Graydon Center,
5:30 p.m.

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Runtime: 78 minutes
An inspiring story of survival and rebirth in the wake of the horrors of Sierra Leone’s Civil War, and a triumphant testament to the power of music. SXSW 2006 Film Festival Winner.

At WCL: Wednesday, October 24,
WCL Room 603,
6 p.m.
At Main Campus: Thursday, November 1,
Wechsler Theatre, 3rd floor,
Mary Graydon Center, MGC,
5:30 p.m.

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Runtime: 60 minutes
A beyond-the-headlines look into the psychological and political contexts of the torture at Iraq’s infamous prison. An HBO Documentary, also featured at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

At Katzen Arts Center: Thursday, November 8,
Katzen Arts Center,
5:30 p.m.
Ghosts of Abu Ghraib



All screenings are FREE.

Discussions with experts followed each screening.

The Human Rights Film Series is sponsored by the Washington College of Law's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the School of Communication's Center for Social Media, in collaboration with the Center for Global Peace, the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program, and the Office of the University Chaplain, all of American University.

WCL ADDRESS: 4801 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

MAIN CAMPUS ADDRESS: Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

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