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17th Annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

September 26, 2019September 29, 2019 EDT

Falk Complex

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Syracuse Symposium proudly supports this annual festival — September 26 – 28 — explores human rights, worldwide, through documentary and fiction films.

Thursday, September 26 @ 7 pm, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements
(Irene Taylor Brodsky, USA, 2019, 90 min. Captioned in English)
Irene Taylor Brodsky builds on her powerful first feature, Hear and Now, by delving into an intergenerational exploration of living with deafness.

Friday, September 27 @ 7 pm, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3
Words from a Bear
(Jeffrey Palmer, USA, 2019, 85 min. Captioned in English)
When N. Scott Momaday won the 1969 Pulitzer Prize, it marked one of the first major acknowledgments of Native American literature and the vibrant contemporary culture it described. Now, Momaday’s transportive words come to life in this cinematic biography of one of the most celebrated Native American storytellers.
Q&A with Filmmaker follows screening.

Saturday, September 28 @ 1 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
Everything Must Fall 
(Rehad Desai, South Africa, 2018, 85 min. Captioned in English)
In this galvanizing examination of the fight for free higher education, acclaimed documentarian Rehad Desai takes his own alma mater as a case study in a growing intersectional global movement.

Saturday, September 28 @ 4 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
The Silence of Others
(Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, Spain, 2018, 96 min., Spanish with English subtitles)
In a groundbreaking international court case, victims of re-education camps, child abduction, torture, and extra-judicial killings come together to break their silence and confront perpetrators who, unbeknownst to much of the world, have enjoyed impunity for decades. This story captures the first attempt in 77 years to prosecute crimes of Spain’s 40-year Franco dictatorship (1939-1975).

Saturday, September 28 @ 7 pm, Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building
The Sweet Requiem
(Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, India/USA, 2018, 91 min., Tibetan with English subtitles)
This bold new work from the directors of the award-winning Dreaming Lhasa (2005) is a tale of tragedy, retribution, and courage — an unforgettable reflection on an ongoing but too often forgotten refugee crisis.

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This event was first published on August 7, 2019 and last updated on September 23, 2019.

Event Details

Free public parking is available in the University North and South lots on University Avenue on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, free parking is available in the Comstock Avenue Garage.