ALBA Human Rights Film Festival: Impugning Impunity, Nov. 22-24

November 18, 2013








A Human Rights Documentary Film Series

Friday – Sunday, November 22 – 24, 2013

Pace University, Multipurpose Room

3 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038

General admission: $10

Student tickets (with valid ID): $8
General and student tickets available only at the door.

Weekend Pass: $35 (includes all screenings and events)
Click here to purchase Weekend Pass – Weekend Pass also available at the door.

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a tax deductible gift to ALBA.
All contributions support ALBA’s continuing educational work and programs.

Friday 11/22

7:00 PM Ticket includes post-screening discussion with Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Inaugural Reception.

Dirty Wars
USA [2013] Richard Rowley / 85 min

This eye-opening documentary lays bare the dirty little secret of America’s War on Terror: all bets are off, and almost anything goes. Drone strikes, night raids and government–condoned torture occur in hidden corners across the globe, generating unprecedented civilian casualties. Investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill traces the rise of the Joint Special Operations Command, the most secret and elite fighting force in U.S. history, exposing covert ops, unidentifiable fighters who act with impunity and “kill lists” where no target is off-limits.


2:45 PM

The Tiniest Place
El Salvador [2012]  Tatiana Huezo / 104 min

On the surface The Tiniest Place is the story of Cinquera, a village literally wiped off the official map during El Salvador’s 12-year civil war. But on a deeper level, it is a story about the ability to rise, rebuild and reinvent oneself after a tragedy. Holding the past and present in focus together, the film takes us to the tiny village nestled in the mountains, while villagers, survivors of the war’s massacres, recount their journey home at war’s end.

5:00 PM Ticket includes Q&A discussion with filmmaker Scott Garen.

American Renegade: Confessions of a Radical Humanist 
USA [2011] Scott Garren / 78 min

Activist, lover, visionary, renegade – for 75 years, Abe Osheroff fought on the front lines of social activism – from the battlefields of the Spanish Civil War to the killing fields of Nicaragua; from the witch hunts of McCarthy to the sharecroppers of Mississippi. Osheroff put his life on the line to keep justice alive. Through the unflinching lens of this documentary feature, this master storyteller takes us on an insightful journey inside the defining conflicts of 20th Century activism with irreverent humor and unwavering commitment to a lifetime of engagement.

7:30 PM

Double Feature – Ticket includes Q&A discussion with Leili Kashani [Advocacy Program Manager, CCR] & filmmaker Peter Miller
ISN 310: Djamel Ameziane’s Decade in Guantanamo 
USA [2013] Mark Casebow / 28 min
ISN 310 tells the story of Djamel Ameziane, an Algerian citizen, who has been held in Guantanamo Bay without charge since 2002. Despite being cleared for transfer since 2008, he remains imprisoned. The film tells Djamel’s story through his letters, paintings and the accounts of those who have known him. Through his story, the human cost and injustice caused by indefinite detention at Guantanamo becomes clear as the audience gains a sense of the person, Djamel Ameziane, who at Guantanamo is only known as ISN 310.
[Please note: The link provided above is not a movie trailer for ISN 310, but a clip about Djamel Ameziane’s story.]

A Class Apart 
USA [2009] Carlos Sandoval & Peter Miller / 87 min

Built around the landmark 1954 legal case Hernandez v. Texas, the film interweaves the stories of its central characters with a broader story of the civil rights movement. It also brings to life the heroic post-World War II struggle of Mexican Americans fighting to dismantle the discrimination targeted against them.

SUNDAY 11/24


The Land of Eb
USA [2013] Andrew Williamson / 87 minutes

In 1946, due to the rapidly escalating cold war, the fate of the Marshall Islands was dramatically altered forever when the US began using their islands for nuclear testing. Living in the stark volcanic landscape of one of the most remote Hawaiian communities, Jacob, a Marshallese immigrant, struggles to provide for his large family.

5:00 PM

A War In Hollywood: Hollywood vs. Franco
Spain [2008] Oriol Porta / 92 min

Spanish Civil War made a great impression on the lives of most of the American artists of the 20th Century. Lots of films were made in Hollywood referring to this event, and the defeat of the Democratic Spain let an “open wound” in the heart of liberal actors, directors and screenwriters. The life of screenwriter Alvah Bessie is our track
through this feeling. From his fighting in Spain with the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in 1937 to his return to Spain 30 years later, where he was required to write his only film after being blacklisted as one of the “Hollywood Ten”.

7:00 PM Ticket includes a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Antonino Pasquale D’Ambrosio.

Let Fury Have the Hour

USA [2012] Antonino Pasquale D’Ambrosio / 100 min
This screening of Let Fury Have the Hour is dedicated to the Lincoln Brigade and especially the life of VALB J. Bjoz.

Rough, raw and apologetically inspirational, Let Fury Have The Hour begins in the 1980s with the rise of Reagan and Thatcher and a cultural shift towards fierce individualism and rampant consumerism. This documentary chronicles how a generation of artists, thinkers, and activists used their creativity as a response to the reactionary politics that many believe defined culture in the 1980s. The film unites street artist Shepard Fairey, rapper Chuck D, playwright Eve Ensler, musicians Tom Morello, novelist Edwidge Danticat, filmmaker John Sayles and more.

This program is co-sponsored by the Puffin Foundation, Department of Political Science at Pace University, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. With the support of Ambulante, Icarus Films, The New Press, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and New York City Veterans for Peace.

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