Center for Global Studies

Human Rights and Global Justice Working Group
Spring 2012 Third Annual Film Series
 

Global Justice

Memories of Violence and Resistance

 

This year’s film series is a sequel to the Human Rights and Global Justice Working Group’s two successful previous festivals in 2010 and 2011. The film series offers a variety of cinematic representations of these varying responses to human rights violations and injustice, and each screening will be followed by a discussion period.

Our hope is that the film series will initiate a campus-wide debate within the Mason community about the challenges of global justice not only in far-away places such as El Salvador and Burma, but at home as well.

The key objective of the film series is to promote discussion among Mason students and faculty about diverse ways people and movements around the world respond to atrocity and injustice around the world. The film series showcases cutting-edge feature films as well as documentary films (see list along with screening dates and times below) that explore a wide variety of issues, from the courageous Burmese political prisoners telling their life stories under an oppressive military regime to the impact of drug trafficking on poor rural Mexican communities.

Each screening will be followed by a Q&A session led by an associate faculty member. Additionally, some events will feature filmmakers and/or invited guest speakers sharing their experiences and introducing their work.

The film series is the result of a collaboration among Mason faculty members across a variety of disciplines who have collaborated since 2007 in the Human Rights & Global Justice Working Group (formerly the Transitional and Transnational Working Group at the Center for Global Studies) to study and research different mechanisms of coping with past mass violence and injustice.

For additional info please contact the Film Series Chair, Professor Jo-Marie Burt or Program Coordinator Arnaud Kurze

 

Voces Inocentes (Innocent Voices) (February 21, 4:30-7:00pm, Research I Room 163)

http://www.vocesinocentes.com/

This film explores the Salvadoran civil war and its impact on young children.

Featuring discussion led by Mason faculty member Charlotte Rogers (Department of Modern and Classical Languages) and the Salvadoran Embassy’s Deptuy Chief of Mission Hector Silva.

 

Yayzan Lan (Into the Current) (March 27, 4:30-7:00 pm, Research I Room 163)

http://enigmaimages.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/yayzanlan-documentary-film-about-burmas-political-prisoners/

This documentary tells the story of Burma’s political prisoners and their struggle for justice.

Featuring discussion led by Mason faculty member John Dale (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) and film director Jeanne Hallacy.

 

Granito—How to Nail a Dictator (April 3, 4:30-7:00pm, Research I Room 163)

http://skylightpictures.com/films/granito

This is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s violent past and the quest for memory and justice.

Featuring discussion led by Casey Cagley, Latin American Studies, Graduate Research Assistant.

 

West Papua: Journey to Freedom (April 9, 7:20-10:00pm, Research I Room 163)

http://ajourneytofreedom.net/

This documentary traces the struggle of West Papuan communities for social and political justice.

Featuring discussion led by Mason faculty member John Dale (Department of Sociology and Anthropology) and West Papuan activist Herman Wainggai.

 

Al más allá (April 17, 12:00-1:30pm, Research I Room 163)

http://www.lourdesportillo.com/flmalla.html

This documentary explores the impact of drug trafficking on poor, rural Mexican communities.

Featuring discussion led by Mason faculty member Ricardo Vivancos-Pérez (Department of Modern and Classical Languages).

 

 

Storm (April 24, 4:30-7:00pm, Research I Room 163)

http://sturm-derfilm.de/

This film tells the story and struggle of a Bosnian war victim testifying at a UN tribunal.

Featuring discussion led by Mason PhD student Arnaud Kurze (Department of Public and International Affairs).

 

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