NDHRFF18 Bismarck Afternoon Schedule

NDHRFF18 Bismarck Afternoon Schedule

Oct 12, 2018 | NDHRFF

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Heritage center & State museum | Bismarck, North Dakota
$12 in advance | $15 at the door | $2 seniors and students

A Ferry Tale

2018 | 10 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Turkish
Directed by: Mehmet Tığlı
Country of Origin: Turkey

This short film is about a father and his two autistic children. They get on ferry in a wintry day. They meet with some disappointing incidents in their short trip. Due to some impatient passengers’ reactions to his children’s unintentional actions, father feels sad and loses his hope.

Director's Statement

This film is based on a true story which I met in a ferry in 2016. Unfortunately, people who are different in society are prejudiced. This film focuses on this problem. Despite everything, not to giving up hope will be the most important response to negative behaviors such as prejudice, otherization, belittling…

Living in Chains

2018 | 14 min
Genre: Student Filmmaker
Language(s): English, Indonesian
Directed by: Nur Humaira Sajat
Country of Origin: Singapore

Living in Chains is a short documentary film that centers around the banned practice in Indonesia known as pasung. Pasung refers to the practice of physical restraint or confinement upon a person deemed as mentally ill. The documentary presents the standpoints of the traditional healers and the unconventional methods they employ to heal the patients. The film also serves to highlight the stigma and cultural beliefs that perpetuate the practice which still exists in certain parts of the world at this modern day and age.

Director's Statement

“Living in Chains is an eye-opening documentary for anyone who watches it. Intriguing, it represents the complexity of culture itself and deep-rooted beliefs that are difficult to change. Rather than striving to enact change, this short documentary was produced in hopes of touching hearts and enlightening every individual on unconventional ways human beings resort to when it comes to dealing with mental illness. Albeit idealistic, hopefully, one day, the human race would be able to treat the mentally ill with equal rights and dignity.”


2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Elias Djemil
Country of Origin: Canada

1943, a revolt broke out at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Among the resistants, a famous polish ballerina. It is said that she disarmed a cruel SS officer with the simple grace of a ballet movement. Only her story has survived until today. Her name was Franciszka Mann.

Director's Statement

Looking for the universal poetry of humanity is a lifelong search. Project by project I pursue this goal; each encounter, film and photograph brings me closer. We all have our own aspirations, ambitions, and responses to the world. We all are on a path to find our own truth, one that aligns with our values, culture and vision. With my camera, I have the privilege of meeting a lot of people. As I look at them through my lens, I seek this universal poetry.

Every person is a poem waiting to be heard.

Since the Day We Met 

2017 | 4 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Saul Singleton
Country of Origin: United States

A deaf boy moves to a new school, and finds himself through meeting his new friend Finn, in the forest.

America; I Too

2017 | 20 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Anike Tourse
Country of Origin: United States

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), presents its second short film; “America; I Too”, starring Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi and featuring the music from Grammy winners Quetzal. Writer and first time Director Anike Tourse shares the interconnected stories of three arrested and detained immigrants who navigate the system as they attempt to prevent their deportation. Film is based on real testimonies and experiences.

Director's Statement

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) commissioned the short film not knowing production would start on the same day President Trump signed an Executive Order to deny U.S. entrance to anyone from the seven countries of Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia. Academy award nominee Barkhad Abdi signed up for the project unaware that two of the places he lived – Somalia and Yemen would be included in the ban. Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on April 10, 1985, Abdi earned wide acclaim for his first film role in Captain Phillips (2013) and has gone on to be cast in the highly anticipated “Blade Runner” reboot.

“America; I Too” draws its title from the Langston Hughes poem “I Too,” and is as much a work of protest and community organizing as it is a work of art. The film features a predominantly immigrant cast and crew including over 250 Extras, most of whom are undocumented immigrants living in greater Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, and Lancaster, California. The cast and crew worked together to shoot the short in just three days, creating an empowerment tool for immigrant communities desperate for education around what to do in the event of arrest or pending deportation couched in a personal and moving story.

As my directorial debut it has been a joy for me to work on this project. My hope is that this film will give a sense of what undocumented immigrant families and detainees are struggling with in the United States as well as remind Americans of what is at the core of the American Dream; justice, fairness, opportunity and yes, fighting like hell for our constitutional rights.

More Than A Word

2017 | 1 hour 5 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English
Directed by: Kenn Little and John Little
Country of Origin: United States

“More Than A Word” analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, “More Than A Word” presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. “More Than A Word” also examines the history of Native American mascots and cultural appropriation.

Director's Statement

Kenn Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He received his BA in Graphic Design and New Media from Full Sail University in 2013. He is a multifaceted artist, writer, videographer and musician and often combines those abilities on his projects

John Little is enrolled in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He graduated with his BA from South Dakota State and MA in history from the University of South Dakota. He is currently a PhD student in history at the University of Minnesota.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. 2018 is the second year for both the film and art festivals.

In 2018, the film festival will take place in three cities in North Dakota: In Grand Forks, North Dakota on Thursday, November 8 at the historic Empire Arts Center; in Bismarck, North Dakota on Tuesday, November 13 at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum; and for two nights in Fargo, North Dakota on Thursday, November 15 and Friday, November 16 at the historic Fargo Theatre in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tickets to the festival are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and $2 for Seniors and Students.

The 2018 North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is made possible through the generosity of the City of Fargo’s Human Relations Commission, the City of Fargo’s Native American CommissionThe Arts Partnership and the Awesome Foundation: Cass Clay, and through partnerships with Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the NDSU Memorial Gallery, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.





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