FILM: Global Fights for Human Rights: Stories from Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico: Wednesday, February 14th 7:00pm

On February 14th, NewFilmmakers Series, Third World Newsreel and WITNESS will present Global Fights for Human Rights: Stories from Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico, a program featuring three new documentaries about human rights struggles in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Filmmakers Tami Gold and Gerardo Renique will present their new documentary Land, Rain & Fire: Report from Oaxaca along with new footage from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Wednesday, February 14th
7PM-8:30PM
Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Avenue at 2nd Street
Ticket price: $5

NewFilmmakers Series, Third World Newsreel and Witness present

Global Fight for Human Rights:
Stories from Croatia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Mexico

Come join us for a special presentation of three new documentaries about contemporary human rights struggles in Europe, Africa and Latin America. Whether it is people with intellectual disabilities in Croatia, youth with HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo or public school teachers in Mexico, Global Fight for Human Rights features diverse stories about people struggling to improve their lives.

After the screening, new footage from Oaxaca, Mexico will be shown by filmmakers Tami Gold and Gerardo Renique.

For more information, please contact Third World Newsreel at (212) 947-9277 ext. 304 or at twn@twn.org.

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LIVING PROOF: THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY
In Croatia, one in three people with moderate or severe intellectual disabilities live in institutions, segregated and isolated from the rest of society. Contrary to prevailing stereotypes and deeply-ingrained stigma, people with intellectual disabilities have the right and the ability to live as independently as possible and to be included in the community. By describing the daily experiences and presenting the opinions of people with intellectual disabilities, Living Proof demonstrates the importance of providing community-based programs and achieving change in the social welfare system and in society as a whole.
20 minutes, video

AWAITING TOMORROW
Awaiting Tomorrow profiles young women and men living with HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where the on-going conflict has claimed some four million lives. Through their personal stories, the film explores how the effects of HIV/AIDS are compounded by the conflict and insecurity of the region. Facing stigma in their families, lacking adequate nutrition and access to health care, these young persons bravely confront the disease and “await tomorrow.”
15 minutes, video

LAND, RAIN AND FIRE: REPORT FROM OAXACA
What began as a teachers’ strike for better wages and more resources for students has erupted into a massive movement for profound social change in the state of Oaxaca. On June 14, at 4:20 AM, the police made a surprise attack. The more than fifty thousand teachers camped out with their children were awakened to tear gas, pepper spray and helicopters. But the attack backfired as public anger transformed the strike into an unprecedented democratic insurgency, demanding the resignation of Governor Ruiz. Hundreds of unions, indigenous and women’s organizations, neighborhood groups, students and professional associations came together and created The Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca (APPO) and a massive campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience has brought the state government to a standstill. Part of the Call for Change Series 2007.
Tami Gold and Gerardo Renique, 30 minutes, 2006

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