2014 Human Rights Film Series
Blood Brother (2013)
Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage-a meeting that changed everything for him. Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky's story, following him to India. He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy. And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it. Blood Brother is a story of friendship. It's a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.
Source: Official film site: http://www.bloodbrotherfilm.com
Tough Guise 2 (2013)
In this highly anticipated update of the influential and widely acclaimed Tough Guise, pioneering anti-violence educator and cultural theorist Jackson Katz argues that the ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America is rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of manhood. In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority. Along the way, the film provides a stunning look at the violent, sexist, and homophobic messages boys and young men routinely receive from virtually every corner of the culture, from television, movies, video games, and advertising to pornography, the sports culture, and US political culture. Tough Guise 2 stands to empower a new generation of young men -- and women -- to challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior.
Source: Media Education Foundation: http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=237
Seeds of Death (2012)
The global launch of a second Green Revolution, spearheaded by genetic engineering and corrupt corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont, shows every sign of being as catastrophic as the first revolution. As the big agro-chemical complex morphs into one of the world's most powerful lobbies, educating people about the dangers of genetically modified crops, or GMOs, and the growing threats of toxic intensive agriculture can hinder GMOs' domination of our food supply. Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs, by award-winning documentary film director Gary Null, takes on the seed cartel's propaganda and political influence to expose a fabric of lies and deceit now threatening the safety and life of every species. Predictably, GMOs will reduce sustainable agriculture and humanity's ability to meet global food demands. GMOs are founded on a baseless science, originally approved through political maneuvering and disregard for human safety. Hundreds of scientific studies reveal GMOs' serious health risks to animals and these same adverse conditions are rapidly observed in the epidemic rise of human diseases. In addition to health risks, there is no evidence that GMOs will provide food security in the future. Industrial agriculture is dirty. It leaves a larger environmental greenhouse gas footprint compared to organic farming methods. It depends upon massive amounts of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, and greater water resources. The result is soil devastation and lower crop yields. The film's message is clear: the future of food security that relies upon GMOs will devastate the planet and create catastrophic health and food crises to the world population.
Source: Gary Null Power Foods: www.gnhealthyliving.com/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=1174
Last Call at the Oasis (2011)
Developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, the company responsible for An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., and Waiting for Superman, Last Call at the Oasis presents a powerful argument for why the global water crisis will be the central issue facing our world this century. Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud'homme, Jay Famiglietti and Robert Glennon.
Source: Official film site: www.lastcallattheoasis.com
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. The new documentary film Bully, directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, brings human scale to this startling statistic, offering an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched five kids and their families. Bully is a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary. At its heart are those with huge stakes in this issue whose stories each represent a different facet of America's bullying crisis. Filmed over the course of the 2009/2010 school year, Bully opens a window onto the pained and often endangered lives of bullied kids, revealing a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders. It documents the responses of teachers and administrators to aggressive behaviors that defy "kids will be kids" clichés, and it captures a growing movement among parents and youths to change how bullying is handled in schools, in communities and in society as a whole. Parents play a vital role in supporting their kids, promoting upstander rather than bystander behavior, and teaching and modeling empathy in the home.
Source: Official film site: http://www.thebullyproject.com
Girl Rising (2013)
Girl Rising is a groundbreaking feature film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to transform societies. The film presents the remarkable stories of nine girls around the world, told by celebrated writers and voiced by renowned actors...to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate girls and you will change the world. Girl Rising is a grassroots global action campaign for girls' education, powered by girls, women, boys and men around the world who stand for equality. Millions have seen the film and are spreading its message across campuses and communities of all kinds, raising both awareness and funds. Girl Rising partners with established nonprofit organizations that drive donations to programs that help girls get in school and stay in school.
Source: Official film site: www.girlrising.com