Save the Dates for the 2nd Annual Rising Up for Human Dignity Film Festival
In partnership with Portland State University's Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project, we are excited announce that the 2nd Annual Rising Up for Human Dignity Film Festival will take place in April 2018, with films screenings each Tuesday evening all month. Stay tuned for more details.
Here's a look back at the 2017 Rising Up for Human Dignity Film Festival:
We have just finished an amazing five weeks/five films of our first – possibly annual – human rights film festival, Rising Up for Human Dignity. Partnering with Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project, funded by Postcard Brigade member Nathan Cogan, meant that much of the logistics and finances were covered. Our audiences ranged from 25 attendees at our first film to 91 at our last. The films dealt with Rwanda, DR Congo, Syria and Lebanon, US (at the time of WWII), and Sudan. Our screening dates connected us to remembrance of the Rwandan Genocide, Armenian Genocide and the Holocaust. We’re pleased with the choice of films we made, and we’re thrilled with the speakers who led our post-film discussions. We made information available from local, national, and international groups. And our viewers were able to take a variety of actions: signing letters and postcards, making donations,* bringing supplies for refugees, recording the names of genocide victims for the project Together We Remember. Thank you to all who were able to come to the films, and to those who helped with all the tasks that made this long-held goal a reality.
*If you would like to donate to Syrian refugees in Lebanon – the subject of Children of Beqaa – filmmaker Elias Matar has formed the nonprofit Lighthouse Peace Initiative. http://www.lpicorp.org
*For donations to Dr Tom Catena’s hospital – the subject of Heart of Nuba – NAC has a fundraising page through Operation Broken Silence: https://fundraise.operationbrokensilence.org/team/118227
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