NDHRFF18 Fargo Friday Evening Schedule

NDHRFF18 Fargo Friday Evening Schedule

Oct 12, 2018 | NDHRFF

Friday, November 16, 2018

Evening SCREENING | 7:00 – 10:00 PM The Fargo Theatre | Fargo, North Dakota $12 in advance | $15 at the door | $2 seniors and students

Mni Wiconi: Water is Life

Year: 2018 | 3 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental Film
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Miguel Antonio Genz
Country of Origin: United States

A short film on the environment and how the fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change. It’s a black and white hand drawn film dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota Territory. The main theme is about the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The intention of the film is to create social awareness regarding contamination of natural resources.
Director's Statement
I am a Latino educator/artist and citizen with concerns for our public health, safety and democratic rights. Our freedom to speak and peacefully resist to protect our constitutional rights to clean water, air, and land is being threatened as never before. For the past several years, I’ve been particularly concerned with the negative impacts unconventional drilling (fracking) has had and continues to have on our environment, our health, our economy, and our democracy. We have a government that doesn’t stand with the people it’s charged with protecting. We have legislators who are creating laws to keep innocent people from protesting the theft of land and resources by an out of control greedy industry. We also have people in power who deny the effects of climate change. My film Mni Wiconi: Water is Life was inspired by the events of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota and the brave individuals who stood up to this adversarial industry, who persevered under some of the greatest trials in human history, and who brought these issues to the attention of the entire world. It is an animated film designed to raise awareness of issues raised by this resistance movement and is a fictional narrative that uses symbolic metaphors to represent economic greed, political and corporate bullying, and the destruction of the environment. The pre-production process for the film did not begin with a conventional storyboard or sequence of panels like most narratives in film usually do. Instead it started as much more abstract with iconic imagery from the oil and gas industry based on my own interpretations of the things I’ve observed and learned from Marcellus and Utica shale unconventional drilling and related activities going on near my home in Pennsylvania. I wanted convey a rough edge effect and style with grit. Artistically, I was inspired by the work of William Kentrigde, Kathy Kollwitz, and the art from Oswiecim Malarstwo, a book of art created by Nazi war prisoners in Auschwitz. I studied Native American symbols, illustrations and consulted with elders of the Sioux territory to acquire cultural authenticity. The music was challenging to find that would be appropriate, but not ceremonial. Robbie Robertson’s piece was selected as it seemed to match the intent and hope for the healing of the land. – Miguel Antonio Genz

A Man Falls from the Sky

(Valt een man uit de lucht)

Year: 2017 | 9 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Dutch
Directed by: Kurt Platvoet / Jan Verdijk
Country of Origin: Netherlands

Ton and Ineke Korrel enjoy their warm afternoon soup when a man crashes down from the sky, in their garden. Ton sees a dangerous species lying in his garden, Ineke wants to help. The situation escalates. The couple will soon find out who their other half really is. Hopefully before it’s too late.


Year: 2017 | 6 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Kianoush Abedi
Country of Origin: Iran

It has been years since the people of this town forgot the alphabets of life. They have no sight, hearing or speech left… but the words are impatiently waiting to be sung again.

Safe Space


Year: 2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Ben S. Hyland
Country of Origin: United Kingdom


Sarah is a key worker in a woman’s refuge. Amne is her new client. For Amne the journey from victim to survivor is painful and traumatic. For Sarah the emotional burden placed on her shoulders is overwhelming. Safe Space chronicles the relationship between the two women from the day Amne arrives until the day she must leave.

Sing Our River Red // Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


 Year: 2016 | 2 min
 Genre: Short Documentary
 Language(s): English
 Directed by: Gott Falcon
 Country of Origin: United States

Director Gott Falcon will be in attendance

February 14th, 2016. Fargo, North Dakota.Temperatures hovering just above 0 degrees F with wind gusts of up to 20 mph. Members of the Native American Commission and advocates in the community brave the cold to bring awareness to the serious issue of the Murdered And Missing Indigenous Women of North America.



 Year: 2018 | 1 hour 30 min
 Genre: Feature Documentary
 Language(s): English
 Directed by: Leonard Yakir


Produced by: Sheila North & Leonard Yakir
Country of Origin: Canada

Director Leonard Yakir and Producer Shelia North will be in attendance 

“1200+” focuses on a region in Canada where the Indigenous community has been tragically impacted by Indigenous women and girls being victims of violence and murder. The documentary was created and produced by journalist Sheila North, who is the former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, and filmmaker Leonard Yakir.The RCMP claim there are over 1,200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. Family and friends claim up to 3,000. The film ‘1200+’ is seen through the eyes of journalist Sheila North, who has made it her passion to get to the bottom of MMIWG. Sheila examines how and why these women and girls go missing and draws on the similarities of their circumstances.
Panel Discussion:

The MMIWG Crisis 

Duration: 60 minutes with audience Q&A

Moderated by: Michael Yellow Bird, NDSU

Panelist: Lisa Brunner, member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation and is Wolf Clan and 2016 Bush Fellow; BJ Jones, Chief Judge for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate; Shelia North, Producer “1200+”; Leonard Yakir, Director “1200+”

Join us for a discussion about the MMIW Crisis. In the midst of a crisis that impacts all of the communities in the State, what efforts are being made locally and state-wide to address the issue?
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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