The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights return for a twelfth season of thought-provoking and enlightening films followed by moderated discussions throughout the fall and spring. Films in the series cover a broad range of human rights issues that affect women around the globe.
2016 Winter/Spring Season
Thursday, January 21, 6:30 p.m.
Highland Park Community Center Auditorium
“India’s Daughter” is the powerful story of the 2012, brutal gang rape on a Delhi bus of a 23 year old medical student, who later died from her injuries. The assault made international headlines and ignited protests by women in India and around the world, inspiring filmmaker Leslee Udwin to create a cinematic, impassioned plea for change. The film pays tribute to a remarkable young woman and explores the stories behind the incident, the ramifications throughout India, and lays bare the way in which societies’ patriarchal values have spawned such acts of violence globally.
“A Path Appears: Sex Trafficking in the USA”
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library
The Department of Justice estimates that 300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the U.S. In part one of “A Path Appears,” acclaimed New York Times writer Nicholas Kristof teams up with actor/advocates Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, and Malin Ackerman to interview the survivors behind these shocking numbers and illuminate the widespread existence of this violent crime taking place across America. The film explores anti-trafficking agencies’ efforts and law enforcement’s response, painting a complex picture of the problems that exist and the solutions we need to see.
“Llévate Mis Amores (All of Me)”
Rescheduled from February 11.
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library
Arturo González Villaseñor’s documentary “Llévate mis Amores” offers an intimate view of Las Patronas, a group of Mexican women who for 20 years have organized to offer food, drink and support to thousands of migrants traveling northward to the United States on the freight train “La Bestia” (The Beast). In the midst of a country at war, in a world where all hope seems lost, the Patronas embody human kindness, caring for total strangers as they go hurtling past on a fast-moving train to an unknown destiny.