Friday, November 8, 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

The New Mother


Year:
2019 | 12 min
Genre: Animation/Experimental
Language(s): English
Directed by: Eleva Singleton
Country of Origin: United States

The New Mother is a 12 minute short experimental drama which explores the delicate paradigm shift between an aging mother and her adult daughter who becomes her caregiver… We explore the stages of grief/acceptance/understanding and new beginnings in this suspenseful psychological silent film.

Director's Statement
As a storyteller , it is important to me to create films that everyone can relate to.The New Mother is a universal story about life, love, sacrifice, and ultimately understanding regarding the role reversal that happens as our parents grow older. The New Mother is becoming a movement where both men and women can express their thoughts and feelings as caregivers for the first time.
By creating a silent film, the personal experiences of the audience become a part of a universal narrative.

Aziz


Year:
2018 | 21 min
Genre: Narrative Short
Language(s): Arabic, Swiss German
Directed by: Mica Agustoni
Country of Origin: Switzerland

Six-year-old refugee Aziz wants to return to his home country and board a cruise ship on the lac of Greifensee. Nothing makes the boy realize that he is on the wrong track. Captain Elmar, who has long since stopped dreaming, finds out of his apathy through Aziz.
The meeting of two homeless people who could not be more different and still sit in the same boat.

Bayt Jadeed: Seeking Home


Year:
2019 | 30 min
Genre: Documentary Short
Language(s): English
Directed by: Danica Simonet & Mackenzie Kuhl
Country of Origin: United States

Bayt Jadeed narrates the search for home from the perspective of refugees and receiving communities both in Germany and in Minnesota.

Director's Statement

This topic should be front and center. This is from my heart as a journalist and a human. Therefore, for the first time, I am submitting one of my films to festivals outside of Germany. The Fight for Human Rights needs more humans to join in. A bigger audience can be a start. We should not forget how important it is to be aware of the rights that are the foundation of our democracies. And how careful we have to be that this foundation is not eroding.

Betty Williams: Contagious Courage


Year:
2018 | 64 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English
Directed by: Dawn Engle
Country of Origin: United States

This is the story of a young mother living in Northern Ireland fifty years ago, as her country teetered on the brink of civil war. The film tells the tale of a quiet revolution, requiring tremendous courage, that began when three little children were killed. Hundreds of thousands of people — mainly women — rose up to demand that their country change, and then took the concrete action necessary to create that change, themselves. With never-before-seen footage and behind the scenes interviews, “Betty Williams: Contagious Courage” shows how average people can overcome their fear, and how one person can make a difference in a violent and unpredictable world.

Director's Statement

Dawn Gifford Engle is an activist, filmmaker and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The PeaceJam Foundation, a nonprofit organization led by thirteen Nobel Peace Laureates and a global leader in developing young leaders and engaging adults and youth in their local and global communities.

Dawn began her career as an economist, working 12 years for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator. In 1991, after meeting and befriending the Dalai Lama, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1994, she and husband Ivan Suvanjieff began working together to create the PeaceJam program, which has been recognized internationally for excellence in peace education.

Today, the PeaceJam Foundation is a global organization that has engaged hundreds of thousands of youth in root-cause centered action addressing the most pressing issues facing our world. Dawn now works with a team of 13 Nobel Peace Laureates who have identified 10 core issues that, if addressed though the leadership of the participating Nobel Peace Laureates and the energy of youth, will have a substantial and lasting impact on creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world for all. In addition, she co-authored the book, “PEACEJAM: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace”, which was published by Penguin in 2008 and directed the award-winning documentary films, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy and Mayan Renaissance, which is the first in a series of feature length documentaries in PeaceJam’s Nobel Legacy Film Series. Dawn has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize herself.

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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