North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival

2023 North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival

The North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival returns in 2023. The traveling art exhibition opens in January at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota, and will travel throughout the state until January 2024. Learn more about the traveling exhibition, participating artists, and avant-garde experimental filmmakers and animators.

Screenings from the Human Rights and Environmental Rights Film Festivals begin on Wednesday, November 8, at the historic Fargo Theatre in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. If you would like a full listing of communities and screening dates and times, you can visit our online screening calendar.

Festival Event Calendar

Festival Event Calendar

Explore upcoming events, screenings, and receptions in 2023.

Online Program

Online Program

Learn more about the exhibition, events, and participating artists and filmmakers.

Online Screening Portal

Online Screening Portal

Watch films online November 17 thru December 17.

News and Press

News and Press

The latest news and press about the festival.

2023 Art Festival Invited Artist

Photo courtesy of Nedahness Rose Greene (Greene Photography)

Hillary Kempenich

Anishinaabe Multidisciplinary Artist

Our 2023 Invited Artist is award-winning creator Hillary Kempenich.

Hillary Kempenich is a multi-disciplinary artist, cultural bearer, and advocate, emphasizing her work to empower Indigenous people.  She is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Hillary has immersed herself in sustaining her small business and continues her passion for community work. Raised on the Turtle Mountain reservation, Kempenich continues advocating for better educational, health, and cultural standards through her work in urban and rural communities.

Her work, Power of Ikwe, will travel with the exhibition in 2023. 

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Ways to Engage

Festival Event Calendar

Festival Event Calendar

Explore upcoming events, screenings, and receptions in 2023.

News and Press

News and Press

The latest news and press about the festival.

Online Program

Online Program

Learn more about the exhibition, events, and participating artists and filmmakers.

Virtual Cinema

Virtual Cinema

Engage films, panel discussions, and more from the festival via our online cinema.

Explore the festival

Video Archive

Video Archive

Explore our recorded artist discussions and workshops.

Program Archive

Program Archive

Explore the history of the festival and past programs.
Coming Soon

Poster Archive

Poster Archive

Explore the art of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival.
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Festival Staff

Shawn Cotter

Shawn Cotter

Queer Cinema Director

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Frederick Edwards

Frederick Edwards

Black Cinema Director

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Ben Efron

Ben Efron

Technical Director

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Our Supporters

Upcoming Events

08 Nov

Film Festival Opens

Fargo Theatre | Fargo

13 Nov

Film Festival Satellite Screening

Empire Arts Center | Grand Forks

16 Nov

Film Festival Satellite Screening

Bismarck Public Library | Bismarck
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