This coming Thursday through Saturday, the University of San Francisco will host its 10th annual Human Rights Film Festival.
This year’s event will feature a host of film screenings, participation from human rights organizations, and question and answer sessions with filmmakers and directors. As the name suggests, the festival will be themed around film and its capacity to explore human rights abuses occurring in a multitude of situations and circumstances. However, this year a special focus will be given to themes relating to protest, dissent, and civic action in light of increased global political activism during this past year. Accordingly, twelve films will be shown to raise awareness about various human rights abuses.
Susana Kaiser, Media Studies professor and chair of the Latin American Studies department, has played an integral role in the organization of the Human Rights Film Festival.
One of her courses, Human Rights & Film (MS 350), requires students to analyze documentaries and narrative films from a perspective keen to violations of fundamental human liberties. Yet students in the course are taught that watching a film on human rights abuse is only the first step in solving the problem. Community discussions and analysis are central to developing a deeper understanding of the issues.
Kaiser’s students have also been actively engaged in preparation for the festival. They designed the flyers and posters for the event and will be working as ushers and greeters.
Professor Kaiser hopes the Human Rights Film Festival will inspire activism and further interest amongst students, participants, and organizations across the Bay Area through the art of film.
This year’s event will feature a screening of the film “Better This World” and a subsequent question and answer session with director Katie Galloway. Students and participants are invited to engage in meaningful conversation with the filmmaker and question the prevalence of human rights abuses in the United States.
Continuing a four year tradition, the Human Rights Film Festival will open with screenings of short films created by University of San Francisco students!
The 10th Annual Human Rights Film Festival will run from Thursday, March 29th to Saturday, March 31st and will be held in the University of San Francisco’s School of Education Building (2350 Turk Boulevard, between Annapolis Terrace and Tamalpais Terrace).
This event is free and open to the public!
Noah Starr is a student in the Human Rights and Film class participating in the organization of the Human Rights film festival.