Women’s Human Rights Films

womens-human-rights-films-logoThought-Provoking Films

The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights present a series 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 across the globe.


“Rape in the Fields”

Tuesday, January 28, 7 p.m.
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

For the women who pick and process the food we eat every day, getting sexually assaulted, and even raped, is sometimes part of the job. In a yearlong investigation, the new FRONTLINE documentary, “Rape in the Fields” reveals the story of the hidden price paid by many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants to stay employed and provide for their families. Winner of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast and digital news. A discussion follows the film. Presented by The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights.

Read more about the film in this New York Times article.

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“With Impunity: Men & Gender Violence”

Monday, February 24, 7 p.m.
St. Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Ave., Saint Paul

Beliefs about manhood that allow men to exploit and use violence against women are ingrained in our culture. “With Impunity” engages the thinking of leading historians, sociologists and practitioners to examine our past, cultural realities and options for ending gender-based violence. A discussion follows the film. Presented by The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights.

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“Forbidden Voices: How to Start a Revolution with a Computer”

Monday, March 10, 6:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central
Pohlad Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored, but world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new, networked generation of modern rebels in Cuba, China and Iran as they use social media to denounce the violations of human rights and freedom of speech in their countries. A discussion follows the film. Presented by The Friends, The Advocates for Human Rights, and the Friends of the Hennepin County Library.

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“Rafea: Solar Mama”

Monday, April 7, 7 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul

Rafea is a strong-minded Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. Given the incredible opportunity to attend the Barefoot College in India, Rafea travels to join 30 illiterate women from different parts of the world where she trains to become Jordan’s first female solar engineer. A discussion follows the film. Presented by The Friends and The Advocates for Human Rights.

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