Syracuse University 16th Annual Human Rights Film Festival

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
6–9 p.m.
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium & Shemin Auditorium

The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival (SUHRFF) returns for its 16th year as it once again brings to Central New York an outstanding lineup of critically acclaimed films addressing social justice and human rights in the United States and around the world.

The Sept. 27-29 festival is part of the 2018-19 Syracuse Symposium, whose theme is “Stories.” SUHRFF is co-presented by the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Newhouse School. An interdisciplinary event, SUHRFF embodies the spirit of One University—achieving even greater things at the University through the work of many disciplines.

Free public parking is available in the Lehman, University and Harrison lots on University Avenue after 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, parking is available in Q4 and other open parking lots.

Full information can be found on the festival website.

The festival schedule includes the following:

OPENING NIGHT: Thursday, Sept. 27
Opening reception
6 p.m., Newhouse 3 Lobby

“The Sentence”
Rudy Valdez
(USA, 2018, 85 min. Closed-captioned in English)
7 p.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
Turning his camera on his own family, filmmaker Rudy Valdez constructs a personal and achingly powerful portrait of the long-term effects of mandatory prison sentencing. Introduction and Q&A with director Rudy Valdez.

Friday, Sept. 28
“On Her Shoulders”
Alexandria Bombach
(USA, 2018, 94 min., English, Kurdish and Arabic with English subtitles)
7 p.m., Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
A searing exploration of the survivor’s burden to bear witness as Yazidi genocide survivor Nadia Murad travels the world reliving her trauma to prompt international response to her community’s peril. Post-screening discussion with Kelsea Carbajal and Margaret Mabie (Syrian Accountability Project).

Saturday, Sept. 29
“Call Her Ganda”
P.J. Raval
(USA, 2018, 98 min., English and Tagalog with English Subtitles)
1 p.m., Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
The brutal murder of a Filipina transwoman by a U.S. Marine illuminates how gendered violence becomes a geopolitical battle over postcolonial national sovereignty. Skype Q&A with director P.J. Raval.

“I Dream in Another Language”
Ernesto Contreras
(Mexico/Netherlands, 2017, 104 min., Spanish and Zikril with English subtitles)
4 p.m., Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
In a remote Mexican community, a young linguist seeks to document an indigenous language before its last two speakers pass away, but discovers the trauma of lost love stands in his way.

“White Sun”
Deepak Rauniyar
(Nepal/USA/Qatar/Netherlands, 2016, 89 min., Nepali with English subtitles)
7 p.m., Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Finding the political within the everyday, “White Sun” uses one village’s complex tribulations to narrate Nepal’s devasting recent history of civil war.

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For more information, contact:
Kristen Northrop