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Film Series, Exclusion and Exploitation, Explores Human Rights Issues

Duquesne University’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is hosting Exclusion and Exploitation, an eight-film series focusing on human rights issues, including racial and gender discrimination, the human toll of globalization and the problems of refugees.

Designed to provide a learning experience for Duquesne students who take foreign language courses, the film series also aims to develop and raise awareness of human rights issues, according to Dr. Edith Krause, professor and chair of modern languages and literatures. Each film will be preceded by an introduction by faculty and other guest speakers, who will address the problem or issue that inspired that evening’s film.

“A human rights film festival underscores the fact that Duquesne University, through the legacy of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, has a long-standing commitment to assisting the underdog and using education as a tool of human liberation,” explains Krause. “It is essential for students to realize how the decisions we make in our professions, schools, communities and personal lives determine the type of world we inhabit. Therefore, the films in this series show that each of us can help resolve the dire, seemingly insoluble problems facing the world through the choices we make as citizens, consumers and voters.”

Free and open to the public, films in the Exclusion and Exploitation series will be screened from Feb. 6–March 12 on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in Maurice Falk Hall of Mellon Hall on campus.

The schedule for the Exclusion and Exploitation film series is as follows:

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Black Gold (2006)
Americans are willing to pay top dollar for lattes and cappuccinos, but prices paid to coffee farmers remain so low that many abandon their fields. Black Gold chronicles an attempt to make globalization work for the producers of coffee, which after oil is the second most traded commodity in the world. Directed by Marc Francis and Nick Francis, UK/USA. In English, 78 minutes.

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Death on a Friendly Border (2001)
A young woman from a small village in Oaxaca, where more than half the men emigrate to the United States to earn money to send home, made the journey to follow her husband but died of dehydration in the desert. This poignant film puts a human face on a tragedy that occurs daily on the border that runs between Tijuana and San Diego is the most heavily militarized border between "friendly" countries anywhere in the world. Directed by Rachel Antel, Mexico/USA. In English and Spanish, 26 minutes.

Maquilapolis (2006)
Carmen, a woman who works earns $6 a day in one of Tijuana’s maquiladoras, large factories owned by multinational corporations. She suffers from kidney damage and lead poisoning caused by exposure to toxic chemicals. Maquilopolis tells the story of how she and a friend confront a major television manufacturer about labor rights violations and then pressure the government to clean up a toxic waste dump. Directed by Vicky Funari and Sergio de la Torre, Mexico/USA. In Spanish with English subtitles, 60 minutes.

Wednesday, Feb. 20
10 (2002)
The place of women in modern Islamic society is seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran in this critically acclaimed masterpiece by celebrated Iranian writer-director Abbas Kiarostami. Directed by Kiarostami, Iran. In Farsi with English subtitles, 173 minutes.

Boundaries (2006)
A captivating, enigmatic film that addresses issues of gender conflict and the oppression of women, and despite its brevity touches on questions of mental illness, the complexities of US-Mexican relations and the unseen but very real borders that define our roles in life. Directed by Greg Turbin, USA. In English, 19 minutes.

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Faces of Change (2005)
Oppression is the common denominator between the causes of global crusaders in Faces of Change. Director Michele Stephenson armed five activists with cameras, trained them and sent them to explore their communities. The result is a united world view that begs for a different common denominator. Directed by Michele Stephenson, USA. In English, 80 minutes.

Wednesday, March 5
God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
The true story of three Lost Boys from the Sudan who leave their homeland, triumph over seemingly insurmountable adversity and move to America, but remain committed to helping those left behind. Directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn, USA. In English, 89 minutes.

Wednesday, March 12
Sophie Scholl (2005)
A drama about the last six days of Sophie Scholl, Germany’s most famous anti-Nazi activist who led an underground student resistance group, The White Rose. Directed by Marc Rothemund. In German with English subtitles, 120 minutes.

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