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Duquesne’s ‘Power and Privation’ Series: One Woman vs. Forces Destroying Rain Forest

They Killed Sister Dorothy, a film that chronicles the fight of one woman against the forces destroying the rain forest, will be the second film in the Duquesne University Human Rights Film Series Power and Privation.

They Killed Sister Dorothy chronicles the legal proceedings that followed the execution-style murder of Sister Dorothy Stang, a Catholic nun and activist. Stang, 73, had lived in Brazil for 30 years, collaborating with the government to establish sustainable development in a remote corner of the Amazon. Along the way, she had made enemies among the ranchers who stood to benefit from the exploitation of the rain forest. In 2005, she was shot six times at point-blank range. Two men were arrested for the killing, but it became clear that her death was part of a greater conspiracy.

The speaker at the screening, Dr. David Saiia, associate professor of strategic management and sustainability at Duquesne, works with an Ecuadoran nonprofit organization to preserve the high altitude rain forest of the Choco-Andean corridor.

Power and Privation will continue through Feb. 23, showing how people who have courage, ingenuity and perseverance can obtain justice, despite powerful opposition. The film series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.

When: Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

Where: Room 105 of College Hall on the Duquesne campus

Information: www.duq.edu/human-rights

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