Thursday, November 7, 2019

Evening Screening | 7:00 – 9:30 PM
The Fargo Theatre | Fargo, North Dakota
$35 All-Access Pass | $25 Fargo All-Movie Pass
$10 Individual Screening | $3 seniors and students

Topanga


Year:
2019 | 14 min
Genre: Narrative Short
Language(s): English
Directed by: Aycil Yeltan
Country of Origin: United States
Trigger Warnings: Nudity, Simulated Rape

Hearing impaired, homeless Gala escapes from a man who continually abuses her. While her life becomes a routine in an abandoned old truck on a mountain road, she is unaware the abusive man finds out where her hiding place is.

One night, after a brutal attack, she finds the strength to stand up one last time and starts walking. She has no clue where this survival walk will end up and change her life forever.

Director's Statement

We need more art to be able to create more ecstatic, meaningful lives, make the world a better and harmonious place to live.

Witnessing a significant increase of homelessness with various categories in the world`s population recent years and being a storyteller in different art disciplines, I thought it is time for me to take part, voice the issue in my own ways and call art to the rescue.

I symbolically wanted to underline, how art can be effective on even most miserable lives and its positive, unquestionable power stands a chance to restore the values we are facing to loose in our societies. While the main character portrays the resilience, in spite of her vulnerability to all unfair circumstances, the artist becomes the hope by extending help with such precious promise. Gala attentively reciprocates to this gift and becomes a strong advocate of creative force by start building the foundation to continue her journey.

Hayley


Year:
2018 | 10 min
Genre: Student Film
Language(s): English
Directed by: Michael Dolha
Country of Origin: United States

A 3 hours flight becomes a race against time for a 24 years old neurotic flight attendant who is doing everything in her power to collect evidence in furtherance of saving an 8 years old girl who she believes is a victim of sexual abuse. The protagonist’s goal becomes imposible to reach thanks to the young girl’s accompanier who avows to be her uncle.

A Story of a Panty


Year:
2018 | 60 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): French, Hindi, Indonesian, Uzbek
Directed by: Stéfanne Prijot
Country of Origin: Belgium

“The Story of a Panty, and of Those Who Make It” is the story of a panty, so innocuous, that protects what is most intimate. A garment which, when one traces its manufacturing process, can symbolize on its own the mechanisms of our globalized world.

This film connects five women: a farmer in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan, a spinner and a dyer in India, an activist for the rights of women workers in Indonesia, and finally my mother working in her shop in Belgium where I grew up.

She used to sell clothes which were made 100% in Belgium. But since the relocation of factories 30 years ago, this is something she cannot offer anymore today.

Step by step, from one stage to another of its manufacture process, from one country to another, the story of this panty brings us close in the intimacy of these five women, each of them like a chain link of globalised production.

Discussion:
Three White Pastors on the Stage

In North Dakota, a majority white population (88%) identifies their faith-based affiliation to be Christian (77%). What is the role of the majority population in ensuring that human and civil rights are protected and expanded for marginalized communities, and how does religious faith play into those responsibilities?

Speaking from their faith traditions and personal experiences, Rev. Karen Van Fossan, Pastor Joe Larson and Rev. Grace Murray will share the individual moments each were called to elevate human rights and social justice in the face of public criticism and disagreement. They’ll discuss their anchors and their centering, and how they found peace in the discomfort of standing against ideologies of division.

The conversation will be facilitated by Jessica Thomasson of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota.

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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