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Peace, Justice & Human Rights program to host film festival

February 28th, 2013

JCU’s Peace, Justice & Human Rights program has announced a first. On March 16, the program will be holding a film festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 226 of the Administration Building.

Over 500 films were screened at the London and New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Three award-winning films from that festival that have been traveling to cities in Canada, the U.K. and the U.S. were chosen by Justice & Human Rights program director Richard Clark and the PJHR Advisory Committee to be shown to the JCU community.

“Salaam Dunk,” “Putin’s Kiss” and “Call Me Kuchu” will be shown back-to-back.

The festival is aimed at reaching out to students, faculty and staff through a new approach in order to raise awareness and provoke thought about human rights and social justice issues.

The films center on international issues, ranging from Middle Eastern conflict, to political struggles in Russia to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender laws in Uganda.

According to Clark, “The award-winning films were chosen due to a belief that they would be of interest to our students and the local community. They focus on the human struggle for dignity and respect and highlight the courageous actions taken by individuals to protect and promote human rights.”

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s intent is to allow audiences to see controversial issues from a different perspective, while engaging in a form of artistic expression. As stated on their website, the films are meant to “bring to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.”

The afternoon-long film festival on March 16 is free and open to the public. More information can be found at http://sites.jcu.edu/pjhr or by calling (216) 397-6656.