Ofra & Khalil
Year: 2019 | 25 min
Genre: Narrative Short
Directed by: José Alberto Andrés Lacasta
Country of Origin: Spain
Khalil (Palestinian) works as a mason in Israel and has a girlfriend Ofra (Israeli), a student at the University. Ofra lives with his military sister and his father (jewish rabbi). Khalil’s sister goes into labor and dies at the checkpoint because the military does not let her go to the hospital. This tragedy forces them to make hard decisions that will separate them forever. Although the strength of love and life will try to break through although the fatal fate is an almost irremediable place.
Mother, Daughter, Sister
Year: 2019 | 28 min
Genre: Documentary Short
Directed by: Jeanne Marie Hallacy
Country of Origin: United States
Amae, Thamee, Ama (Mother, Daughter, Sister) gives voice to Kachin and Rohingya women calling for an end to sexual violence in conflict.
The film revolves around the stories of four women: Shamima, a volunteer counselor working with survivors of military rape in the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, Dil Kayas, a teenage survivor and San Lung and Lu Ra, the sister and mother of two Kachin school teachers brutally raped and killed in 2015, allegedly by the Burmese military.
Powerful testimonies from survivors, witnesses and activists explore the far-reaching impact of sexual violence and trauma upon communities, woven with stories of couragaeous women calling for justice and an end to impunity.
Director, Jeanne Hallacy has worked in Southeast Asia for 25 years, producing stories about human rights and social justice issues. Her films are used as advocacy tools by civil society organizations.
Mother, Daughter, Sister, Sittwe, This Kind of Love and Into the Current were each released with an international speaking tour in the United States and Europe where the films were screened
Sittwe—produced with Smile Education and Development Foundation—gives voice to two teenagers separated by conflict and segregation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Sittwe premiered at the Freedom Film Festival in Malaysia where it was awarded the Best Southeast Asia Short Documentary. https://www.kanopystreaming.com/product/sittwe
This Kind of Love—produced with Equality Myanmar—follows Burmese human rights educator and LGBT activist, Aung Myo Min, as he returns home after 24 years in exile. Officially selected in five international film festivals, the film received an Award of Merit in the LGBT category at the Accolade Global Film Competition and was broadcast on Democratic Voice of Burma television. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. http://www.der.org/films/this-kind-of-love.html
Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners -produced with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, is about the history of nonviolent resistance in Myanmar, broadcast on the Democratic Voice of Burma and officially selected in nineteen film festivals including One World and the Santa Barbara International Film Festival where it was nominated for the Social Justice Award. Distributed by Kanopy International.
No Woman: No Peace, about equity for women in ethnic communities in Myanmar was produced for the National Democratic Institute in Washington, D.C. and screened at the awards ceremony presented to the Women’s League of Burma by stateswoman Madeleine Albright.
Mercy (meddah) follows a Thai girl who lost her family to AIDS. It was officially selected in twelve festivals and awarded the Special Jury Award in the Ojai Film Festival. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. www.der.org/films/mercy.htm
Burma Diary, a four-year chronicle of a refugee family displaced by war, officially screened in thirteen festivals and broadcast on the PBS Program Resource Group. Distributed by Documentary Educational Resources. www.der.org/films/burma-diary.htm
Year: 2019 |62 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Directed by: John Zipperer Jr.
Country of Origin: United States
The opioid epidemic is not what you think it is. Watch the real-time struggle of an Alaska physician on the frontlines of the battle. During the course of filming, the clinical operation he led came under an intense “investigation” which was conducted as a campaign of disruption by an FBI agent with a known history of significant abuses. What would have been one of the earliest looks at the epidemic and the plight of these patients was sidelined and only intermittently worked on as the implosion continued. This documentary presents an alternative view of the current epidemic from the inside, and arrives at some startling conclusions which you may not have considered before now.
The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and worldwide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artists. The festival is a non-partisan event, and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. 2019 is the third year for the festival.
In 2019, the North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will take place in four major cities in North Dakota. The official dates of the festival are: afternoon and evening sessions on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 in Bismarck at the Heritage Center and State Museum; afternoon and evening sessions on Tuesday, November 5 at the historic Empire Theater; afternoon and evening sessions on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8 at the historic Fargo Theatre; and closing on Tuesday, November 12 in Minot for an evening screening at the historic Oak Park Theater.
The 2019 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival is made possible through the generosity of Final Draft, iPitch.tv, and through partnerships with Chamber Six Media, J&S Productions, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the NDSU Memorial Gallery, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.