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March 21st: Human Rights Film Festival


 

 

Daytime Program

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Manitoba Museum     Planetarium Auditorium

Sounds for Mazin & Out of Sight 

Panel Discussion with Q&A

 Free:   RSVP

 

Evening Program 

Manitoba Museum Planetarium Auditorium

6 p.m.

How to Lose your Virginity    

Tickets

8:15 p.m.

The Court of Shards (Scherbengericht)

Tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daytime Program

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Manitoba Museum Planetarium Auditorium

Shadeism

 

Free: RSVP

 

                                              Evening Program

Manitoba Museum Planetarium Auditorium

6 p.m.

Forbidden Voices

Tickets

8:15 p.m.

Illégal

Tickets 

 

 

Shorts Showcase

12:30 p.m. - 2:20
WAG Muriel Richardson Auditorium
  
The price of admission will provide you with the opportunity to view the following short films on human rights issues. There will be a short intermissions between film groupings. Please note that the subject matter following the second intermission might be unsuitable for young children.

12:30 p.m.

Sounds for Mazin and Shadeism                 

Intermission

1:30 p.m.

Day to Day: Stories of Winnipeg's Working Poor             

Intermission

2:00 p.m.

Complicit and The Last Night of Baby Gun    

Tickets

            

Feature Lengths on International Human Rights Issues

WAG Muriel Richardson Auditorium 

3:00 p.m.

SARS: Cover Up and Aftermath

Tickets

4:15 p.m.

Red Reign

Tickets

 

Evening Program

WAG Muriel Richardson Auditorium

7:30 p.m.

Out of Cordoba 

Q & A with Film Maker

Free: RSVP

 

 

 

 

 

Film Synopses

Sounds for Mazin (Geluiden voor Mazin)
25.12 Min – Drama, Documentary, Family, Subtitled
Director: Ingrid Kamerling
Mazin is deaf from the day he was born. But now he faces an operation that is supposed to make him hear. Excited about all the new things he might discover, Mazin is looking forward to it. How will a dog sound? And fishes, do they make any noise? But he keeps on having second thoughts. For one of his closest classmates a similar operation turned out to be a disaster. And even if he succeeds, the world as he knows it might never be the same again, he fears. Will he get used to this whole new universe, or will it make him go crazy?   

Out of Sight 
9 min -  Short Documentary/ Subtitled
Millions of Zimbabwean migrants have made the dangerous journey across the border to South Africa in search of a more promising future. Among these migrants, the disabled are some of the most vulnerable. Out of Sight explores the lives of blind undocumented migrants from Zimbabwe as they try to eke out a living begging on the streets of Johannesburg. 
 

How to Lose your Virginity   
67 min  -  Documentary | Comedy | News
Director: Therese Shechter
Filmmaker Therese Shechter uses her own path out of virginity to explore why our sex-crazed society cherishes this so-called precious gift. Along the way, we meet sex educators, virginity auctioneers, abstinence advocates, and young men and women who bare their tales of doing it—or not doing it.

The Court of Shards  I  Scherbengericht 
Director: Jan Eilhardt
75 min  -  Experimental Drama | Family  -  2012 (Germany) Language: German | Russian | French
Despite their disabilities, the two friends Nora and Isabel try to lead normal lives. Strangely enough, it is their family, well-meaning friends and care workers who appear not to want that at all. When Nora decides one day to marry her African lover Amadou, her family does everything in its power to stop her.
 

Shadeism 
22 Min - short documentary (Canada)
Director: Nayani Thiyagarajah
Follow a discussion on discrimination based on skin tone that takes place in communities of colour across the world, which attempts to dissect this issue and explore diverse stories from young women of colour. People the world over are saturated with images and ideas of why they are wrong - the wrong body shape, the wrong hair texture, the wrong facial features, the wrong colour, the wrong shade. We're tired of this, we're tired of feeling wrong. This short film is not just an exploration, but a contributing act of resistance against all these ideas of "wrongness" that surround us.

Forbidden Voices 
95 min – Documentary (Switzerland)
Director: Barbara Miller
Their voices are suppressed, prohibited and censored. But world-famous bloggers Yoani Sánchez, Zeng Jinyan and Farnaz Seifi are not frightened of their dictatorial regimes. These fearless women stand for a new, networked generation of modern rebels. In Cuba, China and Iran their blogs shake the foundations of the state information monopoly – putting their lives at great risk. 

Illégal     
90 min  -  Drama  -  (Belgium) French English Subtitles
Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse
Tania, a young Russian woman who lives illegally in Belgium with her 13-year-old son Ivan. Constantly on her guard, she dreads police checks until the day she is arrested. Mother and son are separated and Tania is placed in a detention center. She will do anything to be reunited with her son but won't manage to avoid threats of deportation.
 

Day to Day: stories of Winnipeg's Working Poor   
Director: Danielle Da Silva
18 Min – Documentary short (Manitoba)
In just one month alone over 60,000 Manitobans will rely on a food bank. Day to Day tells the stories of three people living in Winnipeg who count on food banks to make it to the next day. While the welfare office tells them they need to find jobs to support themselves and they work everyday to make that happen, there is always something holding them back. It's as simple as not having the money to pay for a phone bill, or their only mode of transportation, a bike, being stolen. But still they hunt tirelessly for jobs, volunteer in the community at every opportunity, and give all their love to their children because they can't provide anything else.  And despite the constant set backs these individuals continue to push forward because they have hope that things will get better.


Complicit
4:08 Min - Animated Short (Ireland)
Director: Gavin Hoffman
A man is seeking help to come to terms with his past actions.  He is haunted by what he has been a part of and opens up about the nature of his complicity.  However time is running out to make things right.  Complicit is a film exploring the consequences of our actions.

The Last Night of Baby Gun
15 min -  Short | Art House Drama | Music 
Director: Jan Eilhardt
Baby Gun takes one night to turn her life around from the streets to the theatre, but not without extreme danger and a good but unlikely friend.

 

SARS: Cover up and aftermath
51mins – Documentary (Canada I UK I China) 
Director: Diana Dai
SARS outbreak is the first global epidemic of the 21st century. This is an extraordinary and insightful drama during and after the crisis; it tells the stories of the government cover up and forgotten SARS survivors who are suffering greatly from the horrific after-effects due to aggressive steroids treatment they received during the SARS outbreak and their continuing fight for their rights in China and how their actions are pushing the Chinese society forward.
Winner of: Awards of excellence: Human rights award/Best director/best producer at International film festival for Peace, Inspiration and Equality and an MADA award at COMMFFEST GLOBAL COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL in Toronto.

Red Reign   
60 min  -  Documentary  (Canada I UK I China)
Director: Masha Savitz
Filmmaker Masha Savitz zeroes in on the efforts of the Nobel Prize nominee David Matas, who wrote the book 'Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong.' Featuring interviews with Matas, David Kilgour, victims of the Falun Gong persecution and several doctors who share chilling transplant testimonies, as well as filmmakers whose film on the topic was effectively quashed by the CCP in Canada, Europe, and the US, Red Reign makes a stunning case. An international story of tangled politics and economics intentionally suppressed by the Chinese, Red Reign shows how a large scale persecution of a minority people can still happen in our modern day society.

 

Out of Cordoba    
80 Min - Documentary
Director: Jacob Bender
OUT OF CORDOBA is a documentary about Jews, Muslims, and Christians struggling against
the hijacking of their religions by extremists. The film profiles contemporary people of faith, who,
inspired by two “wise men” from the city of Cordoba in medieval Spain — Averroes the Muslim,
and Maimonides the Jew — are challenging the propositions that there is an inevitable “clash
of civilizations” between the West and the Muslim world, and an unsolvable conflict between
Muslims and Jews.

 

 

 

 

Get Involved

If you are interested in submitting a film, volunteering, or have further questions regarding this festival please contact Choloe at:


Phone: 204.947.0213
Email: here

 

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