Voices in Action - Human Rights on Film 2010


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Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film

September 30 – November 4, 2010

This fall the Northwest Film Center presents its annual “Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film” series, an eleven-film showcase of contemporary documentaries which explore with depth and sensitivity the many political, social, and environmental issues — from racism and genocide to gay and immigrant rights — that we face in the world today.

While for some cinema is a means of entertainment and escape, for many committed filmmakers and viewers, it is a vital medium of engagement and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers help deepen our awareness of injustice and the values of dignity and equality as they tell universal stories of struggle and triumph. The eleven films in this year’s series are presented in the hopes that they inform, inspire, broaden understanding, and stimulate involvement, as they reveal the commitment and courage of individuals whose hearts and minds are focused on the many challenges confronting humanity.

Many of the screenings in the “Voices in Action: Human Rights on film” series are complemented with visiting artists, speakers, and guest performances. Khmer Rouge genocide survivor Kilong Ung will lead a post-film discussion at ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE on September 30. Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will introduce GERRYMANDERING on October 3. The children of the Northwest Tibetan Cultural Association will perform traditional Tibetan songs and dances at TIBET IN SONG on October 6. Finally, several visiting directors will be in attendance to introduce their films, including Greg Barker (SERGIO, October 7), Michael Nash (CLIMATE REFUGEES, October 17), Esther Podemski (THE PEASANT AND THE PRIEST, October 21), and Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer (OUT IN THE SILENCE, November 4).

Whitsell Auditorium | 1219 SW Park Avenue | Portland Art Museum
$9 general admission; $8 students, seniors, Museum members
Tickets can be purchased online at www.nwfilm.org.

Brief series overview:

Thursday, October 7, 7:00 pm | SERGIO
U.S. 2009 | Director: Greg Barker

Watch the trailer online

Sunday, October 17, 7:00 pm | CLIMATE REFUGEES
U.S. 2010 | Director: Michael Nash
Director Michael Nash will introduce the film.
Read the Variety review
Watch the trailer online

Monday, October 18, 7:00 pm | PUSHING THE ELEPHANT

U.S. 2010 | Directors: Beth Davenport, Elizabeth Mandel

 Read the Huffington Post review: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/leora-tanenbaum/refugees-are-normal-peopl_b_678883.html

 Watch the trailer online: http://www.usposttoday.com/angelina-jolie-makes-cameo-in-pushing-the-elephant-trailer-video/


Thursday, October 21, 7:00 pm | THE PEASANT AND THE PRIEST

U.S. 2010 | Director: Esther Podemski

 Esther Podemski will introduce her film. She will also be on KBOO's Art Focus on 10/19.

 Watch the trailer online: http://www.houseoftheworldfilm.com/thepeasantandthepriest/


Monday, October 25, 7:00 pm | THE LAST TRAIN HOME

Canada/China 2009 | Director: Lixin Fan

 Watch the trailer online: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/lasttrainhome/


Tuesday, October 26, 7:00 pm | MUGABE AND THE WHITE AFRICAN

U.K. 2009 | Directors: Lucy Taylor, Andrew Thompson

Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Silverdocs.

 Read the Huffington Post review: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/12/filmmaker-spotlight-mugab_n_680923.html

 Watch the trailer online: http://www.mugabeandthewhiteafrican.com/


Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm | LAST BEST CHANCE

U.S. 2010 | Directors: Michael Camerni, Shari Robertson

 Read a review by the Human Rights Watch: http://www.hrw.org/en/iff/last-best-chance

Thursday, November 4, 7:00 pm | OUT IN THE SILENCE
U.S. 2009 | Directors: Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer

Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer will introduce the film, kicking off a series of screenings in rural Oregon communities sponsored by the Rural Organizing Project, Basic Rights Oregon, PFLAG, and the Community of Welcoming Congregations.
Co-sponsored by QDoc — Portland Queer Documentary film Festival.
Read the Philadelphia Weekly review.
Watch the trailer online.

More Info: http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/27/274/#1722


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