Human rights film festival

See "Miss Landmine" April 20 at 4pm at ASU

Our daughter Jennifer is an able scout for local arts and culture — often alerting me to films, museum exhibits and other good stuff at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Recently she brought home a pair of flyers, one bright purple with a film strip running across it. Three strands of barbed wire run along the strip, one tied with a small red bow resembling a delicate butterfly.

The flyer details offerings in the second annual “Human Rights Film Festival” taking place April 20-22 in Armstrong Hall, located at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The festival is free and open to the public, and each of the nine films being shown will be followed by a discussion. Friday’s lineup includes “Miss Landmine,” “Education Under Fire,” and “Granito.”

Saturday selections include “The Truth That Wasn’t There,” “The Invisibles,” and “Stop Kony.” Also “The Dark Side of Chocolate” — which ASU professor Daniel Schugurensky suggests may be of greatest interest to our readers, given its focus on child labor and trafficking.

Two films are being shown on Earth Day — “Flow: For Love of Water” and “Overcoming Eco-Apartheid: Community Action for Environmental Justice in South Phoenix.”

It’s fitting that this year’s festival coincides with Earth Day because we forget too often that there’s a whole lot of Earth beyond the little patches some of us are lucky enough to call our own.

See "The Dark Side of Chocolate" at 4pm on April 21 at ASU

The Human Rights Film Festival is co-sponsored by Human Rights at ASU, the School of Social Transformation, the Graduate Professional Student Association at ASU and Amnesty International Tempe.

Folks who hit the festival Friday before the first film rolls at 4pm can get an early taste of issues related to how people in different cultures tackle tough choices. I owe this tidbit to the second flyer Jennifer shared, featuring news of the ASU Museum of Anthropology’s “Choosing the Good” exhibit.

The exhibit provides the opportunity to “discover how people in your community and from around the world resolve the same dilemmas in choosing the good.” Admission to the ASU Museum of Anthropology, open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, is always free — so no tough choice there.

The ASU Museum of Anthropology is housed inside the School of Human Evolution & Social Change building — three buildings south of the intersection of University Dr. and College Ave.

Even those of you without a Jennifer can get your hands on news of ASU offerings in arts and culture — just click here to explore the ASU events calendar.

— Lynn

Coming up: Remembering the Holocaust, Art meets United Nations


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