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 Fall Season
Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 p.m.
Hamline Midway Library
In PROFILED racial profiling and police brutality are explored through the stories of black and Latin mothers of unarmed victims of fatal police shootings. Their ordeal was little known outside their communities. Today, with the widely circulated video of Eric Garner on Staten Island, killed in a police officer’s chokehold, followed just days later by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the issues and concerns raised by the women resonate across the nation. Demonstrations against police brutality that previously attracted only hundreds of protestors have now swelled to thousands.
“Red Light Green Light”
Thursday, October 13, 6:30 p.m.
St. Anthony Park Library
As nations around the globe attempt to fight sex trafficking, many consider legalizing prostitution. Two filmmakers travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question:
“How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?”
Though governments are getting better at prosecuting traffickers and providing aftercare to victims, it is time we begin to ask the question of what lies at the root.
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 p.m.
Highland Park Community Center
Angy Rivera had two crucial secrets in her life. The first was that she was an undocumented child living with her mother and siblings in New York City for 19 years. That secret was a constant source of fear: If her immigration status was discovered, she could be deported and her family shattered.
The second secret was more tragic: Rivera had been sexually abused by her stepfather from ages 4 to 8, a secret she eventually revealed and which, in the strange world of immigration law, helped her gain the visa she had always desired.