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Rights! Camera! Action!

26 January, 7-10pm, Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room. Parking available in the Bryan Center deck
Rights! Camera! Action! Human Rights Film Series screening of Escuela (2002. USA. 53 minutes min., directed by Hannah Weyer).  Winner of MTV/News/Docs Award

There are over 800,000 students enrolled in migrant education programs in the United States and, of those, only 45-50% ever finish high school. Escuela, the sequel to Hannah Weyer’s critically acclaimed documentary La Boda, personalizes these glaring statistics through the honest portrait of a teenage Mexican-American farm worker, Liliana Luis. Centered around the life of Liliana, a daughter entering her first year of high school, Hannah Weyer follows the back-and-forth movement of the family between their home in Texas near the borderlands and the California agricultural fields. Despite the best efforts of the school systems to accommodate students like Liliana, the social and emotional life of this young woman is constantly in flux.  The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring principal Jeanne Bishop, E.K. Powe Elementary School. This screening is cosponsored by the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University.

The Rights! Camera! Action! Human Rights Film Series features documentaries about human rights themes that were award winners at the annual FullFrame Documentary Film Festival. Exploring issues as diverse as voting rights, the right to die, the death penalty and access to education, these exceptional works of art move us even as they pose tough questions about whose rights are protected and why. The films are archived at the Duke University Libraries and are part of a rich and expanding collection of human rights materials. The film series is sponsored by the Archive for Human Rights at the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, the Duke Human Rights Center, the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Program in Arts of the Moving Image (AMI).

Image courtesy of Women Make Movies, www.wmm.com.

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Posted 11 January 2010

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