Thursday, November 7, 2019

AFTERNOON SCREENING | 1:30 – 4:00 PM
The Fargo Theatre | Fargo, North Dakota
$35 All-Access Pass | $25 Fargo All-Movie Pass
$10 Individual Screening | $3 seniors and students

This Being Human


Year:
2019 | 13 min
Genre: Documentary Short
Language(s): English
Directed by: Aimie Vallat
Country of Origin: United States

A portrait of a young Iraqi who left everything behind at 15, in a solo quest for a more peaceable future; Hameed’s salvation is education in the U.S. bound by a big altruistic dream.

Director's Statement

Shortly after the US presidential election in 2016, the first Travel Ban was issued and barred individuals from entering the US from seven predominantly Muslim countries as well as banning any refugee trying to seek asylum. Upon hearing this news we were devastated, and then outraged that this could happen. We had always considered the US welcoming to those of diverse cultures, faith and identity. And with one of us an immigrant, we also felt this was unreal as well as unjust.

We decided as a team of filmmakers to highlight the story of a refugee in our Seattle community and in so doing, transformed our outrage into activism. We created our first short film, Little Rebel, to celebrate the achievements and fortitude of an exceptional woman from The Gambia, Isatou Jallow. Isatou is everything we want for a hopeful American; she is strong, brilliant, full of courage and also happens to be Muslim. Isatou has overcome tremendous odds to now be a PHD student in Law with a focus on access to education for the disabled in The Gambia. Little Rebel went on to screen at 30 film festivals around the world, earning 4 awards, and played at multiple community events throughout the country as well as used by academic institutions, non profit organizations and in The Gambia to help push through their first Disability Act.

Following the success of Little Rebel, and in light of the US’s continued political climate of intolerance, Reel Witness created our current film, This Being Human. This short documentary also explores the life of a young refugee who left everything behind in war torn Iraq at age 15 in a solo quest for a brighter more peaceable future. Now 22, Hameed’s salvation is also scholarship in Seattle bound by a big altruistic dream.

We at Reel Witness are committed to creating personal tales of resilience and humanizing the facelessness of emigration in these politically polarizing times, not just in the US but around the world. Like Little Rebel, these films have been made pro-bono and will again be gifted to any non-profit organization, church, mosque or institution passionate about creating dialogue around the refugee experience and building more tolerance to all those around us who help shape and create our global diverse community.

Nemesis


Year:
2019 | 5 min
Genre: Animation/Experimental
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Behzad Jafarimazhab Haghighi
Country of Origin: Islamic Republic of Iran

In the 21st century and age of communication, there are still dictators who stop the wheels of life by encircling the community in difficulty; and they don’t like changes, but the winds of evolution is blowing and nothing lasts forever.

Team Tibet


Year:
2019 | 90 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English, Tibetan
Directed by: Alison Pinkney
Country of Origin: United Kingdom

TEAM TIBET is a remarkable story of courage; of physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion, with a drive to cross the finish line stronger than that of any Olympian.

Tibet cannot take part in the Olympics as it is not recognised as a sovereign state by the International Olympic Committee so, in an act of defiance and solidarity, a group of young Tibetan refugees held their own.

Their stories weave through the physical and emotional exhaustion of Olympic events, held in the foothills of the Himalayas in India.

For them, it is bigger than the Games – it’s a race for life.

TEAM TIBET is a film about survival, perseverance, friendship and hope.

Director's Statement

This film has been a labour of love. The Producer, Shruti, and I stumbled over the Tibetan Olympics whilst working on another project in India and felt compelled to cover the stories of these brave refugees. In the world that we live in today, I feel that it is more important than ever to get these voices, and this story, out into the world. Their story is the story of many displaced people today and they risked their lives to tell it.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, to raise awareness of them and the important contribution they make to the world’s rich cultural diversity. Languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate and Tibetan is one of them. We are very happy to present this film in the Tibetan language.

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 ProductionsLutheran Social Services of North Dakota, the NDSU Memorial Gallery, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition.

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