Flaherty NYC: Witness

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December 11, 2009 5:45 AM
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Flaherty NYC: WITNESS
December 14 , 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives

For the December installment of Flaherty NYC, The Flaherty will present and discuss recent advocacy videos produced by WITNESS and the grassroots human rights defenders it works with around the world. Since its founding in 1992, WITNESS has empowered human rights defenders to use video as a tool to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice.

On the creation of WITNESS, co-founder and musician Peter Gabriel told Paste Magazine, “Time after time, good, written evidence has been ignored by the media or governments. When a WITNESS partner has produced a short and powerful video on the same issue, there is often immediate action.”

There will be a post-screening discussion with representatives from WITNESS: Sam Gregory (Program Director), Kelly Matheson (Program Coordinator for North America), and Violeta Krasnic (Program Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia).

Flaherty NYC: WITNESS
December 14 , 7:30pm, Anthology Film Archives

For the December installment of Flaherty NYC, The Flaherty will present and discuss recent advocacy videos produced by WITNESS and the grassroots human rights defenders it works with around the world. Since its founding in 1992, WITNESS has empowered human rights defenders to use video as a tool to shine a light on those most affected by human rights violations, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools of justice.

On the creation of WITNESS, co-founder and musician Peter Gabriel told Paste Magazine, “Time after time, good, written evidence has been ignored by the media or governments. When a WITNESS partner has produced a short and powerful video on the same issue, there is often immediate action.”

There will be a post-screening discussion with representatives from WITNESS: Sam Gregory (Program Director), Kelly Matheson (Program Coordinator for North America), and Violeta Krasnic (Program Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia).

Films to be screened:

*Hear Us: Zimbabwean Women Affected by Political Violence Speak Out (Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU) and WITNESS, 2009, 16min, Zimbabwe/USA) In 2008, Zimbabwean women of all ages, targeted for their political affiliations, were abducted from their workplaces and homes and raped, tortured, and beaten in secret torture centers. Hear Us features four of these women, who have come forward to demand justice.

*Crying Sun: The Impact of War in the Mountains of Chechnya (Memorial and WITNESS, 2007, 26min, Chechnya/USA) Chechnya has been deeply scarred by years of fighting between separatists and Russian federal forces. In the Chechen Mountains, the conflict has forced families from their homes and is gradually destroying the unique culture of these communities. Crying Sun is the story of Zumsoy, a village torn apart by war.

*An Age for Justice: Elder Justice Now (National Council on Aging and WITNESS, 2009,16min, USA) This film shares powerful stories of the reprehensible abuse endured by our elders in every community across the country and gives us a critical and historic step we can take to protect older Americans. The associated '100 Voices' online campaign at elderjusticenow.org shares personal perspectives from elders across the country on the need for action.

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