Above: Still image from the documentary "Camp Victory, Afghanistan," which explores the reality of building a functioning Afghan military.
For the first time in its 21 year history, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is coming to San Diego.
The 2010 Human Rights Watch Film Festival is the world's foremost showcase for films with a distinctive human rights theme and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference.
From September 18 to 25, the Museum of Photographic Arts, in Balboa Park, will present these groundbreaking films to the public.
"Youth Producing Change"
Dates: Saturday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. & Sunday, September 19, 11:00 a.m.
About the film: Youth Producing Change portrays human rights crises from the perspectives of youth worldwide. Two of these young filmmakers will be present at the screening.
Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Cody Marshall & Aaron Turner (I Want My Parents Back).
"Mountains & Clouds"
Dates: Saturday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. & Sunday, September 19, 1:00 p.m.
About the film: Mountains and Clouds revisits a seminal moment in the push for immigration reform, with implications for the immigration battle currently brewing for the Obama administration and Congress.
Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Michael Camerini & Shari Robertson.
"Pushing the Elephant"
Date: Sunday, September 19, 6:00 p.m.
About the film: Congolese Rose Mapendo was separated during the conflict from her daughter, Nangabire. Through the story of their reunion, we come to understand the excruciating decisions Rose made in order to survive and the complex difficulties Nangabire faces as a refugee in the US.
"Enemies of the People"
Date: Thursday, September 23, 6:00 p.m.
About the film: Follow filmmaker Thet Sambath as he uncovers terrifying personal explanations for the Cambodian genocide by allowing the perpetrators to speak for themselves.
"Camp Victory Afghanistan"
Date: Friday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.
About the film: Drawing from nearly 300 hours of vérité footage shot between 2005 and 2008, Camp Victory, Afghanistan skillfully explores the reality of building a functioning Afghan military.
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Carol Dysinger and documentary subject, Colonel Michael Shute.
"Iran: Voices of the Unheard"
Date: Saturday, September 25, 1:00 p.m.
About the film: The untold story of Iranian secularists through three characters—each from a distinct social, economic and educational background but all sharing a need for a country free from political repression and theocracy.
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Davoud Germifard.
Location: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA Google Map
Preview of the film, "Camp Victory, Afghanistan."