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 people all across the globe.
2017 Fall Season
“The Blood is at the Doorstep”
Thursday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.
Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Avenue, Saint Paul
While not as publicized as cases of police brutality and police shootings in cities like New York, Oakland, Ferguson, and Baltimore, the 2014 killing of Dontre Hamilton in Milwaukee is as shocking and tragic as any. In broad daylight in the middle of downtown, an officer responding to a complaint from a Starbucks employee approached Dontre Hamilton, an unarmed black man coping with paranoid schizophrenia resting in a public park. Minutes later, the officer shot Dontre 14 times.
“Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America”
Thursday, December 7, 6:00 p.m.
Saint Anthony Park Library
2245 Como Avenue, Saint Paul
When Moises Serrano was just a baby, his parents risked everything to flee Mexico and make the journey across the desert in search of the American dream. Twenty-three years later, as an undocumented gay man in rural North Carolina, Serrano is forbidden to live and love in the country he calls home. This award-winning documentary chronicles his personal journey as an activist fighting for equality, all while trying to forge a path for his own future.