University Human Rights Film Program

April 13 - 15 (evenings)

Each evening there will be a panel discussion after the films with one or more of:

Mandy Jacobson (Director of Emmy Award winners Calling the Ghosts and The Arusha Tapes, currently working on films exploring youth interventions to prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa and a series of tribute films to Nelson Mandela),

Stephen Esquith (Professor of Philosophy at MSU, specializing in Moral and Politial Philosophy and the Philosophy of Law, including the rule of law, transitional justice, political education and ethics and development),

Kenneth Harrow (Professor of English at MSU, specializing in African Literature and Cinema, Caribbean Literature, Third World Cinema, and Postcolonial and Feminist Theory)

Louise Mushikiwabo (first Rwandan genocide survivor to file a class-action lawsuit in a US court against one of the top perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide. She is the co-founder and president of The Rwanda Children's Fund, a charitable organization in the metropolitan Washington area that raises funds to sponsor Rwandan high school teenagers orphaned by the genocide.) and

Jeffrey C. Wray (Professor of English at MSU, specializing in Film Studies, Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Third World and Black U.S. Cinema, and Gay Cinema)

Wednesday, April 13, 7-10
Location: Room B108, Wells Hall

Calling the Ghosts: A Film about Rape, War and Women (63 min) - Jacobson
Jadranka Cigelj and Nusreta Sivac, childhood friends and legal professionals, enjoyed lives of “ordinary modern women” in Bosnia-Herzegovina until they were put into a concentration camp and then raped and tortured by their neighbors. This powerful but sensitive film chronicles the remarkable transformation of these women as their personal struggle for survival evolves into a larger fight for peace and justice. They formulate a mission--to put rape into the international lexicon of war crimes. Their success can be judged by the fact that their very torturers now stand indicted by the International War Crimes Tribunal. Calling the Ghostsreaches beyond the anonymous “victim,” compelling viewers to personalize women's stories and embrace a sense of universal humanity. Televised in the U.S. on HBO, this film won multiple Emmy awards.
S'Camto (2 parts, total 48 min) - Jacobson
Produced by SABC 1 and the South African HIV-AIDS prevention program Lovelife, S'Camto Groundbreakers is a television series about six young people who travel to six different countries in search of foreign contemporaries to help them complete self-designed tasks. In the process, they exchange views on positive sexuality and youth culture.

Thursday, April 14, 7-10
Location: Room B108, Wells Hall

Chronicle Of A Genocide Foretold (selected parts) - Lacourse & Patry
Fifty years after the Holocaust, the world allowed another genocide to take place, this time in Rwanda. In April, 1994 the international community, including the U.S., sat by and watched as 800,000 Tutsi men, women and children were massacred. The killings took place under the eyes of UN peacekeepers. Today, Rwanda remains torn by ethnic killings.
Shot over three years, Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold follows several Rwandans before, during, and after the genocide. The film, on one tape, is in three parts.
The Arusha Tapes (selected parts) - Jacobson
This film documents the critical moments of the first five years of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and the concurrent Rwandan national trials of genocide suspects and the revival of the traditional court system as it pertains to the 1994 genocide. (The ICTR holds court in Arusha, Tanzania, prosecuting those responsible for violating international criminal law.)
In Rwanda we say ...The family that does not speak dies (55 min) - Aghion
Two years after the Rwanda genocide, In Rwanda We Say... focuses on the release of one genocide suspect of the some 16,000 released, tracking the effect of his return on a tiny hillside hamlet. While the government’s message of a “united Rwandan family” permeates the language of the community, the imposed co-existence brings forth varying emotions, from numb acceptance to repressed rage. Violence seems to lurk just below the surface.
What unfolds, however, is astonishing. Little by little, people begin to talk in a profound, articulate way - first to the camera, and then to each other - as these neighbors negotiate the emotional task of accepting life side by side.

Friday, April 15, 7-10
Location: Room 1281, Anthony Hall

Justice and the Generals (selected parts) - Pellett
At a time of civil war in El Salvador -- when 75,000 people were disappeared or killed -- four American churchwomen were abducted, raped, and murdered. Many Salvadorans were tortured, and some lived to tell their tales. Who was responsible for such atrocities? In separate but related cases, two Salvadoran generals face trial in American civil court Justice and the Generals investigates these human-rights cases.

Facing the Truth
(selected parts of 120 minute program) - Jacobson
A PBS 2-hour documentary special, Moyers opens up the catastrophic events of the apartheid era with emotion and subjectivity. The award winning documentary examines how testimony compels the healing process. Stories told to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings offer American audiences their first full account of the unprecedented investigation into human rights violations. Interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, apartheid victims, former officers of state security, freedom fighters, journalists, and eyewitnesses reveal the difficulties of mending a nation bitterly divided by race and oppression.

see for Wells & Anthony Halls' locations on campus.

These events are free and open to the public. Please come.

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Sponsors: College of Arts & Letters, Department of English, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Finance & Operations, the Graduate School, the African Studies Center, the Honors College, and the Women & International Development Program (WID)