On Jan. 22nd, Duquesne University will kick off their eighth annual Human Rights Film Series. With a focus on this year’s theme, Oppression and Opportunity, the event will feature six critically acclaimed documentaries that address social justice issues around the globe. Please see below for schedule and details:
White Like Me
Based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, White Like Me explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
The screening will take place in Duquesne University’s Power Center Ballroom. A discussion with Pittsburgh chief of police Cameron S. McLay, NAACP Pittsburgh chapter president Connie Parker, and Duquesne professor of philosophy Dr. George Yancy will follow the film.
Power & Control: Domestic Violence in America
The complex issues surrounding domestic abuse are refracted through the story of Kim, a mother of three in Duluth, MN. Power & Control follows Kim and her children from their early days in a battered women’s shelter. She sets out to start a new life, but soon finds that there are no easy happy endings. The film also covers the hugely influential Duluth Model, a set of widely-adopted domestic violence policies that are now challenged by increasingly vocal critics, and looks at how leaders of the battered women’s movement are struggling to maintain the spirit of sisterhood that has propelled the movement for 30 years. The multi-layered narrative also explores key issues involving law enforcement, advocacy, and health care.
Nicole Molinaro Karaczun, Director of Services at the Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, will speak at the screening event.
Thirty years ago the U.S. Government issued its first ever dietary guidelines, and with it one of the greatest health epidemics of our time ensued. In her documentary feature debut, executive producer and narrator Katie Couric joins Laurie David (An Inconvenient Truth), Regina Scully (The Invisible War) and Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) to explore why, despite media attention and government policies to combat childhood obesity, generations of kids will now live shorter lives than their parents. In riveting interviews with the country’s leading experts, Fed Up lays bare a decades-long misinformation campaign orchestrated by Big Food and aided and abetted by the U.S. Government.
Samantha Montgomery, a wellness expert and Eat Right Pittsburgh Mentoring Chair, will speak at the screening event.
Not My Life
Filmed in a dozen countries across five continents, Not My Life depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. The documentary takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited every day through an array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. Narrated by Glenn Close.
The Fourth World
One sixth of the world’s population – over one billion people – live in slums, where they fight to survive on around $2 day. The Fourth World travels to three continents to meet individuals most affected by poverty. Journey with the filmmakers to Guatemala, Kenya and the Philippines and listen to published experts as they bring understanding to why slums exist, and foreshadow what’s going to happen if the world ignores this social powder keg much longer.
#ReGENERATION explores the galvanizing forces behind the Occupy Movement and the state of social activism in our society, and offers an uncompromising look at the challenges facing today’s youth and young adults as they attempt to engage on a myriad of social and political issues. Narrated by Ryan Gosling and featuring a soundtrack from STS9, the documentary explores how today’s generation approaches activism, how it is impacted by technology, our disconnection with nature and history, our consumer culture, and the economic factors holding many of us back from becoming more active participants in our communities.
All Human Rights Film Series screenings will take place in 105 College Hall (with the exception of White Like Me) at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.