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Human Rights Film Series Focuses on Abundance and Abuse

Duquesne University will host its second annual Human Rights Film Series, Abundance and Abuse, from Jan. 20 to Feb. 25. Featuring a lineup of award-winning films that address vital issues, from the ethics of global business to the destruction of the environment, the series is free and open to the public.

Each screening will begin with an introduction by an expert on the subject matter depicted in the film. The series schedule is as follows:

Mountain Top Removal
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
Throughout southern Appalachia, coal mining through mountaintop removal is on the rise, blasting and leveling highland forests and destroying streams. Citizens suffering from the resulting flooding, pollution and destruction of their homes are fighting back to oppose big coals impact on their lives and communities.
Speakers: Bo Webb, an activist with Coal River Mountain Watch, and Dr. David Lampe, associate professor of biological sciences at Duquesne

Fast Food Nation 
Monday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
This satirical feature film examines the health risks and environmental and societal impact of the fast food industry. A key focus of the film is how the U.S. meat processing industry exploits illegal Mexican immigrants.
Speaker: Rick Rehak, marketing director, McDonald’s Corp.

A Killer Bargain
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
This documentary unmasks corporations that profit from Indian textile production through the massive use of pesticides, which kill indigenous workers and destroy their environment. A Killer Bargainilluminates the dark side of globalization, one in which desperately needed jobs in the Third World shorten the lives of many working poor. 
Speaker: Dr. James Burnham, Distinguished Service Professor, Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, at Duquesne

Darwin’s Nightmare            
Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
This documentary is about the environmental consequences of introducing the Nile perch to Tanzania's Lake Victoria and the resulting depredations of the fishing industry. The predatory Nile perch, which has wiped out native species, commands a good price in European supermarkets while starving Tanzanian families have to make do with the leftovers and arms dealers who exploit the local economy to grow rich. The film brings to the fore the devastating consequences of introducing alien species into ecosystems around the world, a true Darwinian nightmare that disrupts and local environments and fosters the exploitation of human cultures.  
Speaker: Dr. Brady Porter, assistant professor of biological sciences at Duquesne

Frozen Angels
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
This film investigates the brave new world of reproductive technology through interviews with wealthy sperm bank presidents, professional surrogate mothers, gene researchers, radio talk show hosts, NASA scientists, infertile suburban couples, just-born and now-adult designer babies, and women whose blonde hair and blue eyes make them desirable egg donors. The film warns of coming dangers that may divide society into genetic haves and have-nots.
Speaker: Rhonda Gay Hartman, associate professor and acting director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics, Duquesne

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Room 105, College Hall, Duquesne campus
An animated, coming-of-age story about a young Persian girl who grows up during the Iranian Revolution, then flees her home country for Europe to escape the theocratic tyranny. In her journey, she struggles with depression, a love affair, her ethnic heritage and the temptations of the West, from rock ‘n’ roll to designer clothes, in an attempt to find her identity and a place in the world.
Speaker: TBA

Abundance and Abuse is organized by Duquesne’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. For more information, visitwww.duq.edu/humanrights or call 412.396.6415.

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