November 12, 2004

The 1st UNAFF Traveling Film Festival San Diego Presents “The Values of Tolerance”

The SDSU United Nations Student Alliance presents the 1st UNAFF Traveling Film Festival San Diego. UNAFF is the only film festival of its kind in the world, showcasing all documentary films on U.N. related issues.

The 1st UNAFF Traveling Film Festival San Diego will take place on Friday & Saturday, November 12 &13, 2004 at San Diego State University in Scripps Cottage. Provocative and eclectic, the UNAFF Traveling Film Festival will present seventeen documentary films from a wide range of topics and perspectives.

About UNAFF: Established six years ago at Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNAFF screens documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with topics such as human rights, environmental survival, women’s issues, children, refugee protection, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF offers a unique opportunity to view films that are rarely screened for public audiences since they are often too political for commercial theatrical release.

Tickets: Admission to both film sessions and receptions is free to all. However seating is limited, so please plan to arrive early.

Location: The San Diego State University Scripps Cottage, located in Scripps Park. SDSU is located at 5500 Campanile Drive. San Diego, CA 92108.

Friday Film Schedule:

1:00pm - THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE. Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the Vietnam Village of Friendship stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create a better world.

2:00pm - BEHIND THE LABELS: WORKERS ON U.S. SAIPAN. Lured by false promises and driven by desperation, thousands of Chinese and Filipina women pay high fees to work in garment factories on the pacific island of Saipan–the only U.S. territory exempt from labor and immigration laws.

3:00pm - IN WHOSE INTEREST? David Kaplowitz leads us on an eye-opening journey, questioning the effects of US foreign policy over the past 50 years.

4:00pm - AFGHANISTAN UNVIELED. Leaving Kabul behind for the more rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present heartbreaking footage of Hazara women whose lives have been decimated by recent events.

5:00pm - AGAINST THE TIDE OF HISTORY: LAND-MINES IN CASAMANCE. MFDC and the Senegalese government have entered into peace negotiations that will hopefully bring an end to the 22 year armed conflict.

5:30pm - THE TREE THAT REMEMBERS. The Tree that Remembers is his compassionate reflection on the betrayal of the 1979 Iranian revolution and the tenacity of the human spirit.

6:30pm - Opening Night Reception: International Refreshments and Guest Speaker Alex Gomez

7:30pm - A LIFE OF DEATH. While the technology of war has “improved,” along with the technology of how to cover it (stills/film/digital video), the emotional toll on society is the same.

8:00pm - PLAN COLOMBIA: CASHING IN ON THE DRUG-WAR FAILURE.

9:00pm - WHEN ABORTION WAS ILLEGAL introduction by NOW-SDSU Student Activist. The era of illegal abortion, roughly the period between the turn of the century and the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, has been a sealed chapter in women’s history

9:30pm - DEATH ON A FRIENDLY BORDER. Since the mid-1990s when the United States began militarizing its southern border, an average of one person a day has died crossing into our country. “Death on a Friendly Border” puts a human face on this international tragedy.

Saturday Film Schedule:

1:30pm - I WAS BORN A BLACK WOMAN. I Was Born a Black Woman is a documentary based on the remarkable life of the first Afro-Brazilian woman to be elected to Brazil’s senate.

2:30pm - SIN EMBAR-GO. After the revolution of 1959 and the U.S. embargo that followed, the people of Cuba were left to fend for themselves. Deprived of even the most basic goods, they scavenge the alleys and scrap heaps, giving new vitality to the discarded. Their recycled products are often remarkably ingenious and creative

4:00pm - DISCOVERING DOMINGA with a following Q&A with Co-Producer Mary Jo McConahay. Discovering Dominga chron-icles Becker, a young Iowa immigrant, born a Maya Indian, who discovers she is a survivor of one of the most horrific massacres in Guatemalan history, committed in 1982 against Maya Indian villagers.

5:00pm - TALK MOGA-DISHU with an introduction by SDSU UNSA Vice President Starlin Sheikhmohamed. A decade after the disastrous U.S. humanitarian intervention in Somalia, HornAfrik, the first independent TV and radio station in war-ravaged Mogadishu, was established by three brave Somali-Canadians in the face of chaos and devastation.

7:00pm - FARMING VILLE with following commentary by an SEJ Student Activist. The chilling hate-based attempted murders of two Mexican day laborers catapults the Long Island town of Farmingville into national headlines, exposing a frontline of the new border wars – suburbia.

8:30pm - LOOKING DOWN. Looking Down begins a dialogue about the way that U.S. technological superiority in intelligence gathering interferes with our ability to understand other cultures.

8:40pm - PROMISE AFRICA with an introduction from SDSU UNSA AIDS chair Carlos Marquez. While in Kenya, he lived with and documented the lives of a tribe of Moran warriors living in Samburu.

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