April is widely recognized as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. With that in mind, we've teamed up with PSU’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project to engage people with a series of films and actions. Each Thursday night in April will feature a film, along with talk-backs and action opportunities. We want people to walk away from these films, not feeling hopeless, but invigorated and feeling like they can help make change.
All Films start at 7pm - Free Admission!
Check out the whole line up:
April 6, The Uncondemned
Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 26
The gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war. The documentary reveals the mystery witnesses who testified from behind a curtain to bring about the world’s first-ever conviction of rape as a war crime in Rwanda. Run time: 1 hour 21 minutes
Our theme for the night is Fighting Rape as a Weapon of War. Following the film, we will have a discussion pane including Amy Kayon, PSU Prevention Violence Coordinator and Aerlyn Pfeil, Certified Professional Midwife and MSF Volunteer. In addition, we will have information tables featuring Panzi Foundation, Never Again Coalition and more. More information can be found on the film's website.
April 13, When Elephants Fight
Urban Center Building - Room 212 (Parsons Gallery)
**Don't forget to bring your old cell phones for our e-cycling drive!**
The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to one of the world's richest deposits of copper, coltan and other minerals increasingly sought after by Western electronics consumers. Rather than improving life for the world's poorest people, however, billions of dollars have been redirected to tax havens and to local militias. Fueling a war that has cost 5 million lives and counting since 1996, it may one day come to be known as the worst human atrocity in modern history. Can we stop it? Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
The theme for the night is Mineral Wars in the Supply Chain for Electronics. Local activists, Amanda Ulrich and Rob Hadley will be speaking. They were instrumental in making Portland a Conflict Free City. We are now working on making Oregon a Conflict Free State. Legislation has just been introduced. This comes at a time when the Administration is attempting to dismantle the Conflict Minerals Act, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. Join us to raise your voice! We will have an e-cycling bin. Tabling from Stand with Congo, Mercy Corps., Amnesty International, and Enough Project as well. Find out more about the film on their website.
April 20, Children of Beqaa
MEET THE DIRECTOR!
Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 238 (Browsing Lounge)
**We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.**
Children of Beqaa documents director Elias Matar and his daughter Lyla, traveling to the Beqaa Valley, Lebanon in June of 2016 to work with Salam LADC, a local NGO. Here in the Beqaa, there are over 500,000 Syrian refugees who have been living in a state of limbo for the past 5 years. These refugees are left in the dark; they have no country, nearly no rights, very little education and not enough food. Children of Beqaa gives a voice to the refugees, who just want their stories to be heard. Run time: 1 hour 16 minutes
The number of Syrian refugees is staggering. In addition to Syrian refugees overseas, we also have some in Portland. Learn how you can help Syrians both here in Portland and abroad. Learn about the online tutoring program Paper Airplanes. We are collecting laundry and dish detergent for refugees. Please bring some with you to the screening.
Information and volunteers from Islamic Social Services of Oregon State, Portland Refugee Support Group, IRCO, RAIN International, Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services will also be on hand. And don't forget, you can meet with Children of Beqaa director Elias Matar who will be preparing for his next trip to the Syrian refugees camps in Lebanon. More information about the film on their website.
April 27, Ahead of Time - The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 296-8
At age 24, Ruth Gruber became a New York Herald Tribune reporter and photographer and the same year was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic. A trusted member of the Roosevelt Administration during WWII, she was given a dangerous secret mission. A feminist before feminism, Ruth was never just an observer, she was a participant in the making of history. Run time: 1 hour 13 min
The theme for the night is Remembering the Holocaust/Bystander Resistance. Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day is the same week as this screening. Before the film starts, Rabbi Ariel Stone will lead us as we will take a moment to remember all of those lost during the Holocaust and join together to pledge to work towards "Never Again!" We are honored to have April Slabosheski, Holocaust Educator at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education and Julia Reihs, local photographer, videographer, writer and storyteller with us for an engaging talk-back after the film. Attendees will also have a chance to share a reflection for a Together We Remember (TWR) project. TWR is a global month of remembrance and activism for all victims of genocide and mass atrocities.
For more information, visit the film's website.
May 4, Heart of Nuba
Smith Memorial Student Union - Room 238 (Browsing Lounge)
One Doctor. One Hospital. One Million Patients. Welcome to the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, where American Doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, as the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom's faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. Run time: 1 hour 32 minutes
***We are deeply honored and excited to have Dr. Jim Peck and Sara-Christine Dallain with us for the screening. Dr. Peck is a local surgeon who volunteers with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)and recently worked at Mother of Mercy Hospital which is the focus of Heart of Nuba. Sara-Christine is the program director for iACT which provides humanitarian action to aid, empower, and extend hope to those affected by mass atrocities. Please stay around after the film to hear from them.***
Heart of Nuba will give us a glimpse into the devastating situation in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The conflicts in Sudan are numbered and complex. The genocide in Darfur is now in its 14th year. More than 3 million people are internally displaced because of fighting. We will have experts on hand to discuss the background and the current situation in Sudan. In addition, we will have information for organizations working on the ground with Sudanese refugees in the neighboring countries of Chad and South Sudan - iACT, Operation Broken Silence, Mercy Corps and Doctors Without Borders. More info on the film on their website.
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