Friday, November 8, 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

Solitary Confinement


Year:
2013 | 2 min
Genre: Animation/Experimental
Language(s): English
Directed by: Raquel Salvatella de Prada
Country of Origin: Spain

Solitary Confinement is a visual representation on an excerpt from prisoner Chris McBride’s letter to the newspaper Indy Week dated on July 4th 2012. This piece attempts to visually communicate, in less than 2 minutes, the amount of time a prisoner spends in a very small confinement, the minuscule amount of time spent outside the cell and the psychological impact this can have.

The relevant excerpt from the letter can be found in the article What life is like in solitary confinement at North Carolina’s Central Prison by Billy Ball, dated on October 21st, 2012.

The Dead Die Once


Year:
2018 | 9 min
Genre: Narrative Short
Language(s): Arabic, English
Directed by: Max McGillivray and Alex Morelli
Country of Origin: United States

After settling into her new life in America, a Syrian refugee receives a visit from her past. Based on a story by Syrian writer Jehan Sayed Issa.

Director's Statement

We met Jehan and her family during the tumultuous winter of 2017, just after the newly elected U.S. president had signed an executive order halting refugees from Syria. Her husband was then a Harvard Scholar at Risk, a trauma surgeon who had stayed behind in the bombed-out hospitals long after his family had fled for Turkey. As Jehan told it, she would keep a Skype call open nearly 24 hours a day just to confirm he was still alive.

Though her personal experiences and those broadcast by her husband, Jehan gathered images of war and mementos from the destruction of her homeland. From these, she began to spin stories that use magical realism to illuminate the courage and suffering of the Syrian people, along with the experience of being displaced.

We were inspired by one story in particular, a young woman’s determination to share a meal with friends and relatives she has lost to war. With the help of countless volunteers, we worked with Jehan to bring her story to the screen. Jehan’s protagonist, played by Reem Atassi, transposes the original tale onto the author’s refugee experience here in America. The result, we hope, is a little magic.

-Alex and Max

The Other Border


Year:
2019 | 8 min
Genre: Documentary Short
Language(s): English
Directed by: Justin Zimmerman
Country of Origin: United States

High school student Gerardo Hernandez – raised in the United States since six months of age – was one of over 100 undocumented workers arrested by ICE in Ohio on June 5th, 2018. Gerardo spent almost 2 months in prison before being released… and is now scheduled to be deported in early 2020. THE OTHER BORDER is his American story, told through intimate interviews with Gerardo and his sister, Karime, and shot exclusively on 8mm and 16mm film.

The Brainwashing of My Dad


Year:
2015 | 78 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English
Directed by: Jen Senko
Country of Origin: United States

Jen Senko, a documentary filmmaker, looks at the rise of right-wing media through the lens of her WWII vet father who changed from a life-long, nonpolitical Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic after his discovery of talk radio on a lengthened commute to work. In trying to understand how this happened, she not only finds this to be a phenomenon, but also uncovers some of the forces behind it: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon to create a media for the GOP; the Lewis Powell Memo, urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion – especially the universities – the media and the courts; and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine – all of which helped to change the entire country’s direction and culture, misinformed millions, divided families and even the country itself.

Discussion:
The State of Contemporary Media: A conversation with journalist and author John Nichols

Join Doug Hamilton and special guest John Nichols for a conversation about the state of contemporary media. Nichols is a pioneering journalist for The Nation, host of the podcast Next Left, and author of serveral books, including Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America (Nation Books) as well as The Genius of Impeachment (New Press).  

Their conversation will focus on John’s experiences working in media: what he’s seen as a journalist, what is working and what he’s concerned about, and what consumers of media need to be wary of moving forward. 

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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