Thursday, January 14, 2010

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival this Weekend

This just in from CinemaSalem:

If you're looking for some great films to watch this weekend (in addition to the ones at CinemaSalem), please check out the selections from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival showing this weekend at the Peabody Essex Museum. The films are free with admission to the museum.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday at 12:30
The second edition of Youth Producing Change offers 10 powerful short stories from young filmmakers across the globe as they turn a camera on their own lives.

Saturday at 2:30 pm
This new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) tells the story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet — the $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case. Avi Chomsky introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward.

Sunday at 12:30
In Afghanistan, where you risk your life by singing, more than 2,000 people are auditioning for Afghan Pop Idol. Meet Rafi, a boy with a strong voice and a pretty face; Lima, a young woman who fears for her life every time she goes home; Hammeed, a young musician and classically trained singer; and Setara, a controversial figure who wears the latest fashions and Bollywood makeup.

Sunday at 2:30
Follow International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo across four continents as he and his team issue arrest warrants for Lord's Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, prepare to put Congolese warlords on trial, challenge the United Nations Security Council to bring Sudan's president to justice for the Darfur massacres, and shake up the Colombian justice system. Attorney Shahana Basu Kanodia introduces the film and leads a discussion afterward.

For more information on these great films, call PEM at 978 745-9500.

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