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Whitsell Auditorium
1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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Seats for advance ticket and pass holders are held until 10 minutes before showtime, when any unfilled seats are released to the public. Thus, advance tickets or passes ensure that you will not have to wait in the ticket purchase line but do not guarantee a seat in the case of arrival after the 10-minute window has begun. Your early arrival also helps get screenings started promptly. We appreciate your understanding. Advance ticket holders who arrive within the 10-minute window but are not seated may exchange their tickets for another screening at the Ticket Outlet or obtain a cash refund at the theater. There are no refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or for missed screenings.



   
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Voices in Action: Human Rights on Film

While cinema provides entertainment and escape, for many filmmakers and viewers it is a vital portal into reality—a medium of engagement with the world and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers bring attention to injustice, the values of dignity and equality, and the price of commitment, as they tell stories of struggle and triumph. We hope that the films presented in this year’s series, many of them showcased in the Human Rights Watch Film Festivals in New York and London, broaden understanding and stimulate involvement as they reveal the inspiration and courage of individuals whose hearts and minds are focused on our many shared challenges. Our special thanks go to Human Rights Watch, Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University, World Affairs Council of Oregon, The Portland Alliance, City Club of Portland, and other organizations worldwide that help bring important events, issues, and the work of citizen activists to light.



Thu, Oct 3, 2013
at 7 PM

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SALMA
DIRECTOR: KIM LONGINOTTO
UNITED KINGDOM/INDIA, 2013

When Salma, a young Muslim girl in a south Indian village, was 13 years old, her family locked her up for 25 years, forbidding her to study and forcing her into marriage. During that time, words were Salma's salvation. She began covertly composing poems on scraps of paper and, through an intricate system, was able to sneak them out of the house, eventually getting them into the hands of a publisher. Against the odds, Salma became the most famous Tamil poet—the first step to discovering her own freedom and challenging the traditions and code of conduct in her village. Her extraordinary story is one of courage and resilience, based on the hope for a different life for the next generation of girls, but with the knowledge that tradition runs deep and change is slow. (91 mins.)

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Sun, Oct 6, 2013
at 7:30 PM

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GIDEON'S ARMY
DIRECTOR: DAWN PORTER
US, 2012

In 1963, the US Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Gideon v. Wainwright. The ruling was simple: in felony cases, people who cannot afford a lawyer must be provided one. Most states responded by creating offices for public defenders to defend poor people charged with serious crimes. But Gideon's promise has not been fulfilled. Too many public defenders are little more than speed bumps on an indigent's journey to conviction. Every year hundreds of innocent indigents are swept away in the crushing tide of a system strained to the breaking point. The reality is that innocents may spend decades in jail, many who are guilty are not brought to justice, and faith in the fairness and competency of the criminal justice system is ever more questioned. (90 mins.)

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Wed, Oct 9, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI
DIRECTOR: BILL SIEGEL
US, 2013

Cassius Clay's transformation to Muhammad Ali—his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War—was one of the defining acts of personal conscience in the 1960s, a riveting one-man challenge to institutional racism, religious intolerance, and a justice system wielded to send a message about voicing impertinent protest. Banned from his livelihood and convicted of a felony with a five-year prison sentence, Ali was forced to spend four years fighting his way to the Supreme Court. Siegel's (THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND) film, rich with archival footage and interviews, examines Ali's complicated relationships with the key voices of the era and the impact of his actions on a culture that still struggles with the issues of race, identity, faith, and justice he stood for. "An invigorating film that brings the long-forgotten controversy to life.... Captures the thrill of Ali's personality even for viewers with little interest in the sweet science."—The Hollywood Reporter. (86 mins.)

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Thu, Oct 10, 2013
at 7 PM

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PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER
DIRECTOR: MIKE LERNER, MAXIM POZDOROVKIN
RUSSIA/UNITED KINGDOM, 2013

In the winter of 2011, after a controversial election, Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin as president of Russia. The vote followed months of mass protests that challenged Putin's rule. Around the same time, a group of young, radical feminist punk rockers known as Pussy Riot took a stand against the direction Putin was taking Russia. Wearing colored balaclavas, tights, and summer dresses, they entered Moscow's most venerated cathedral and air-guitared their way through 40 seconds of "Mother Mary, Banish Putin!" British filmmaker Mike Lerner and Russian filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin's collaboration chronicles the way one small act of protest captured global attention. Putting a personal face on rebellion, they follow three women prepared to defend their actions no matter what it may cost them. (88 mins.)

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Thu, Oct 24, 2013
at 7 PM

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FATAL ASSISTANCE
DIRECTOR: RAOUL PECK
HAITI/FRANCE/BELGIUM/US, 2012

Award-winning, Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a two-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory, and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, FATAL ASSISTANCE offers a devastating indictment of the international community's post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed nor made it into the actual reconstruction. FATAL ASSISTANCE leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practices in Haiti need to stop immediately. (99 mins.)

With support from the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


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Mon, Oct 28, 2013
at 7 PM

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TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE
DIRECTOR: JEREMY TEICHER
SENEGAL, 2012

VISITING ARTIST—TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family's remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family's survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger sister from a future she did not choose. (85 mins.)

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Wed, Oct 30, 2013
at 7 PM

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THE UNDOCUMENTED
DIRECTOR: MARCO WILLIAMS
US/MEXICO, 2013

THE UNDOCUMENTED tells the story of Marcos Hernandez, an undocumented Mexican living and working in Chicago. Marcos came to the United States by crossing through the Sonora Desert in southern Arizona. Each month he sends money to his mother in Mexico City for medicine for his brother Gustavo, who is in need of a kidney transplant. But Marcos had an even more pressing reason for coming to the United States. He came to search for his father, Francisco, who disappeared in the desert trying to enter the United States. Chronicled over the course of Arizona's deadly summer months, the film weaves Marcos's search for his father with the efforts of humanitarians and border patrol agents who try to prevent migrant deaths. (88 mins.)

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Thu, Oct 31, 2013
at 7 PM

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ALIAS RUBY BLADE: A STORY OF LOVE AND REVOLUTION
DIRECTOR: ALEX MEILLIER
US, 2012

Once an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Kirsty Sword instead became a revolutionary, working in Jakarta for the Timorese resistance. Using the pseudonym "Ruby Blade," she smuggled video equipment, computers, and audiocassettes to their leader Gusmão, who was serving a life sentence in the notorious Cipinang Prison. As they exchanged letters, video messages, paintings, photographs, and even bonsai trees, they fell in love without ever having met. Meillier's film explores not only their remarkable relationship, but also the history of a resistance that led to East Timor's independence in 1999. (78 mins.)

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Thu, Nov 7, 2013
at 7 PM

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FORBIDDEN VOICES
DIRECTOR: BARBARA MILLER
SWITZERLAND, 2012

Miller's film features three brave women who—had they not been born in Iran, Cuba, or China—could have led ordinary, peaceful lives. However, for various reasons they have decided to speak out, standing up to dictatorship. Yoani Sánchez, the first Cuban female blogger, faces persecution and death threats for criticizing the country's regime. Chinese human rights activist Zeng Jinyan has been under house arrest for four years. Farnaz Seifi was forced to leave her native Iran and blogs under a pseudonym. Seeing their information monopolies erode, their countries' regimes attempt to censor and silence the voices of these brave women who, via social networking sites, bear witness to life under dictatorship. (95 mins.)

With support from the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


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