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Film ‘Blood Brother,’ Connecting Pittsburgher and Children with AIDS in India, Launches Annual Human Rights Film Series at Duquesne

Conflict and Community, Duquesne University's 2014 Human Rights Film Series, kicks off Thursday, Jan. 23, with a screening of Blood Brother, the remarkable story of how one young man from Pittsburgh is making a difference in the lives of children afflicted by HIV in India.

In its seventh year, the film series offers a lineup of award-winning documentaries that address some of the most critical abuses of human rights in today's world. "Our goal is not just to shed light on these issues, but to inspire those who see the films to make a difference in the world," said Dr. Edith Krause, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and film series committee member.

In addition to Blood Brother, the series will feature:

Wednesday, Jan. 29

  • Tough Guise 2-exploring how the media and pop culture shape and distort what it means to be "masculine" in American society

Thursday, Feb. 6

  • Seeds of Death-investigating the impact of genetically modified foods on public health

Monday, Feb. 10

  • Last Call at the Oasis-documenting the pleas of many scientists and environmentalists to head off a worldwide shortage of fresh water

Wednesday, Feb. 19

  • Bully-exposing the devastating impact of bullying on the lives of middle and high school students from around the United States

Monday, Feb. 24

  • Girl Rising-the remarkable stories of nine girls from around the world that illustrate the strength of the human spirit and the transformative power of education.

To further explore the issues presented by the films, subject-matter experts will speak at each screening.

After Blood Brother on opening night, Sara Noel, outreach director for Amizade Global Service-Learning, will reflect on the film and offer insight to her organization's volunteer program in India that provides assistance with leadership development camps for rural children. A reception with light refreshments follows this screening.

All screenings are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of College Hall.

The Human Rights Film Series is presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information, call 412.396.6415.

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