Human Rights Films are shown now shown on an occasional basis in various locations around Sacramento. Scheduled film events will be listed on this web site. Send email to email@example.com if you are interested in borrowing one of the films for personal viewing or a free event.
Human Rights Films
April 25th, 2007
Human Rights in Mexico - Laws Without Justice
Through direct testimonies of victims, their legal defenders and members of human rights organizations, the DVD illustrates cases of human rights violations committed within the public security and criminal justice system in Mexico.
June 20th, 2007
Voces Innocentes (Innocent Voices)
set in El Salvador during the brutal civil war of the 1980s, Voces Innocentes (Spanish w/English subtitles) tells the true story of boys in a small city caught in the battle between government soldiers and guerillas and facing forced recruitment into the army at age 12.
August 29th, 2007
Road to Guantanamo
Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guantánamo focuses on the Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who were held in Guantanamo Bay for two years until they were released without charge.
October 24, 2007
A man emerges from the slums of Rio to lead the nonviolent cultural movement known as Afro-reggae.
December 4, 2007
Justice Without Borders
Justice Without Borders explores the global movement seeking justice and accountability for the most grave human rights abuses with a spotlight on three stories from Peru, Congo and Guatemala.
February 20, 2008
Lost Boys of Sudan
Lost Boys of Sudan follows two Sudanese refugees, orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, as they make an extraordinary journey from Africa to America.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
4 Little Girl's
A documentary of the notorious racial terrorist bombing of an African American church in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement.
August 20, 2008
OUTLAWED: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the “War on Terror”
"Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the 'War on Terror'" tells the stories of Khaled El-Masri and Binyam Mohamed, two men who have survived extraordinary rendition, secret detention, and torture by the U.S. government working with various other governments worldwide.
October 22, 2008
Taxi to the Dark Side
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.
December 10, 2008
Made in L.A.
"Made in L.A." follows three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles's garment factories and their struggle for self-empowerment as they wage a three-year battle to bring major clothing retailer “Forever 21” to the negotiating table.
February 25, 2009
I KNOW I'M NOT ALONE
A MUSICIAN'S SEARCH FOR THE HUMAN COST OF WAR.
Armed with an acoutic guitar and a video camera, popular San Francisco musician Michael Franti takes us on a musical journey through war and occupation in Iraq, Israel and Palestine. Along the way he shares his music with families, doctors, musicians, soldiers and everyday people who in turn reveal to him the often overlooked cost of war.
April 29, 2009
“Running Dry” is a comprehensive public information/education project, established to raise awareness regarding the worsening global humanitarian water crisis. Ironweed is proud to bring you the project’s centerpieces, two explosive and enlightening in-depth documentaries, “Running Dry” and “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” In the first film narrated by award winning actress, Jane Seymour, this wake-up call proves that the real crisis is not oil! RUNNING DRY is a compelling documentary about water quality and quantity around the world. The film gets behind the headlines and superficial treatments to grapple with the complexities of the global water crisis through interviews with the likes of former Prime Ministers Shimon Peres of Israel and Mikhail Gorbachev of the former USSR.
June 30, 2009
Heightened security in California and Texas has pushed illegal border-crossers into the treacherous Arizona desert in unprecedented numbers – an estimated 4,500 a day. Most are men in search of work, but increasingly the border-crossers are women and children seeking to reunite with their families. This influx of migrants crossing through Arizona and the attendant rising death toll have elicited complicated feelings about human rights, culture, class, labor and national security.
War Child, an award-winning documentary directed by C. Karim Chrobog, chronicles the tumultuous, shocking, inspiring, and ultimately hopeful odyssey of Emmanuel Jal. A former child soldier of Sudan's brutal civil war, he is now an emerging international hip hop star sharing a message of peace for his war-torn land and beloved Africa.
War Child tells the story of Jal's life through his words and music, and remarkable film footage dating back to his childhood. Even at the age of seven, Emmanuel's charisma were so evident that National Geographic focused their own 1980's reportage on him as spokesperson for the children. Today, as Emmanuel travels the World, even into the halls of the US State Department, he takes us through his homeland's tormented history of civil war, assesses the prospects for peace after the country's 2005 ceasefire agreement, highlights the increasing problem of War Children, and shines light on the growing African hip hop scene that is tackling the continent's ills through its music.
THE DEVIL’S MINER is the story of 14-year-old Basilio Vargas and his 12-year-old brother Bernardino, who work in the ancient Cerro Rico silver mines of Bolivia. It is believed that over eight million workers have perished in the mines since the 16th century.Raised without a father and living in extreme poverty with their mother and six-year-old sister on the slopes of the mine, the boys assume many adult responsibilities. It takes two months’ work just to afford the clothing and supplies vital to their education. Without an education, the brothers have no chance to escape their destiny in the silver mines.
The Vargas boys chew coca leaves to stave off hunger and keep their wits about them during their long hours in the mines, where they also present offerings to El Tío, the malevolent spirit that is believed to reside there. Each mine has its own statue of the horned demon who guards the mine’s riches. According to local legend the mines are the exclusive province of El Tío, the protector and destroyer of the miners. El Tío is a miner’s only hope of salvation in this heavily Catholic region, where the people believe that the spirit of God does not exist in the hellish underworld inside the mountain.
Filmmakers Kief Davidson and Richard Ladkani spent months with the Vargas family, journeying down into the Cerro Rico mines with Basilio, Bernardino and the adult villagers who risk their lives to make a meager living. The result is both harrowing and moving, a portrait of a world where children risk their lives daily in hopes of an eventual better life—if the quest doesn’t kill them first.
Mardi Gras Made in China
In a revealing juxtaposition of cultures and values, Director David Redmon follows the Mardi Gras bead trail from young Chinese factory workers to New Orleans revelers, presenting without comment the contrasting realities of globalization.
Joe Berlinger 105 minutes
Three years in the making, this highly acclaimed feature film is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures.The landmark case takes place in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador, pitting 30,000 indigenous and colonial rainforest dwellers against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. The plaintiffs claim that Texaco – which merged with Chevron in 2001 – spent three decades systematically contaminating one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, poisoning the water, air and land.
The People Speak
A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
American Outrage is winner of 12 major awards in North American film festivals. This beautifully crafted film documents the struggle of two Western Shoshone sisters to protect their tribal lands and the horses and cattle that graze there. They endure terrifying roundups and ongoing persecution by US Marshals and other federal authorities before bringing their case to the Supreme Court and eventually the United Nations.
The Other Side of Immigration is a documentary based on interviews with men and women in the Mexican countryside. The film presents a vivid and emotional portrait of families and communities in rural Mexico and explores why so many people leave small towns to work in the United States.
A Better Life
A Better Life is tells the story of a Mexican gardener in East L.A., struggling to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give him the opportunities he never had. The NY Times describes it as an “emotionally resonant film about how we live now.” It was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 and has been honored at many international film festivals.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
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Five years in the making and the winner of more than 25 awards and honors, BROTHER OUTSIDER illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, who has been described as "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide
Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere.
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