Latin American Selections at 12th Human Rights Film Festival at University of San Francisco

The 12th Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco runs from April 3-5th. Admission is free and open to the public. Screenings take place on campus at Presentation Theater (2350 Turk Boulevard x Masonic).

As always, the festival includes thought provoking feature length documentaries and documentary shorts from around the world including Latin America. Here are four titles that we encourage you to see. For full program information and clips visit the USF website.

Thursday April 3rd 5:30PM
OPEN SKY Argentina, Filmmaker: Ines Compan, Year: 2009, 52 min
In rural northwest Argentina, the indigenous Kolla’s land and quality of life is threatened after the government permits a Canadian company, Standard Silver to open an ambitious open-sky silver mine in Mina Pirquitas. 

Friday April 4th  7:15 PM
ROSARIO 
Mexico, Filmmaker: Shula Erberg, Year: 2013, 70 min
The documentary is a portrait of Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a woman whose son disappeared at the hands of the security forces in 1975 in the city of Monterrey and whose life was transformed forever.

Saturday April 5th 12:45 PM
LA CIGUEÑA METALICA (Metal Stork)  Spain, Filmmaker: Joan Lopez Lloret, Year: 2012, 81 min
MetalStork, theTwenty years have passed since the signing of the Peace Agreements of the Salvadoran Civil War, a conflict between the army and the FMLN guerrillas. Armed forces’ operations in rural areas had devastating consequences for the civilian population, with thousands of dead and disappeared people. In the midst of the war, “la cigueña metálica” (the mechanic stork) determined the destiny of Ana Lilian, Ricardo y Blanca: Ricardo’s adoption by a military family, Ana Lilian’s wandering after surviving the massacre of her entire family, Blanca’s arrival to Spain. In the 1980s, they were disappeared children. Today, they try to understand their past to bring peace to their future.

Saturday April 5th 4:15 PM
WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? UK, Filmmaker: Marc Silver, Year: 2012, 85 min
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”. Who is this person? What brought him here? How did he die? And who—or what—is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity.

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USF Human Rights Film Festival Apr 4-6

The 11th USF Human Rights Film Festival runs from April 4-6 at Presentation Theater located on 2350 Turk Blvd x Masonic in San Francisco.  It’s free and open to the public.

The film selection is fantastic. It includes shorts and feature documentaries by established and emerging filmmakers. Oscar nominated films are part of this festival: The Invisible War and 5 Broken Cameras.  Highlighted are two which involve US Latino or Latin American contexts:

April 4 1:30 PM REPORTERO, 2011, Mexico/US, Dir. Bernardo Ruiz Follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a Tijuana, Mexico-based weekly, as they dauntingly ply their trade in what has become one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist.

April 5 4:45 PM THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA: THE STORY OF THE CHILDREN WHO FEED AMERICA, 2011, US, Dir. U Roberto Romano Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive. It’s a powerful film that exposes the exploitation of children in the United States.

Visit http://bit.ly/USFHumanRightsFF for the full schedule of films.