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.



“Girl Rising”

Monday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

Directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, this groundbreaking film tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 different countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. “Girl Rising” showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

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

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“Call Me Kuchu”

Wednesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Riverview Library, 1 E. George Street, Saint Paul

With the recent repeal of Uganda’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Act, “Call Me Kuchu” provides a timely look at the work done by Ugandan activists in the year preceding the passage of the now infamous bill. Primarily following the life of David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, the film demonstrates his efforts to spearhead activism in his home country and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women.

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“Not My Life”

Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library, 2245 Como Avenue, Saint Paul

Filmed in a dozen countries on five continents, “Not My Life” takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. From brothels in India to street beggars and child soldiers in Africa, to domestic servants in Washington, D. C., the reality presented here is difficult to imagine, let alone accept.

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“Light Fly, Fly High”

Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 p.m.
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

Thulasi, a young Indian woman in her twenties, is literally willing to box her way out of poverty and into a better life. Born into a “Dalit” or “untouchable” Indian family, she left home at an early age to avoid an arranged marriage. Ten years later, despite her impressive record in the ring, Thulasi remains stuck at the bottom, deprived of opportunities she rightly deserves. 

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