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Food Workers the Focus in Upcoming Duquesne Human Rights Film

The third film in Duquesne University's annual Human Rights Film Festival this year will focus on the struggles of food workers in a $4 trillion global supermarket industry.

The 2014 documentary, Food Chains, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, in Room 105 of College Hall. This event features remarks by Spiritan Campus Minister Kate Lecci, who has been involved with the group of tomato pickers from the Southern Florida Coalition of Immokalee Workers who are applauded in the film. Spiritan Campus Ministry has a longtime advocacy role alongside these migrant farm workers and an annual cross-cultural mission experience, including a trip to Immokalee, introduces students to the challenges these workers face.

This year's annual film series centers on the theme Silence to Solidarity, focusing on some of the world's most critical human rights abuses and drawing attention to solidarity as a way to break the silence of many deplorable moral, social and economic conditions. The series, sponsored by Duquesne's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, is free and open to the public.

Upcoming films are:

  • Feb. 11: Don't Tell Anyone, about an undocumented, abused child concerned about deportation; speaker will be Mark Harley, a partner in the Schneck and Harley Immigration Law Group, Pittsburgh
  • Feb. 18: A Place at the Table, about food insecurity; speaker will be Cynthia Moore of the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank
  • Feb. 25: The True Cost, about clothes, their decreasing cost and the people who make them; speakers will be Charles Kernaghan, director, and Barbara Briggs, associate director, of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights.

Details on the series are available at www.duq.edu/human-rights.

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