Film Series to Examine Human Rights in the Age of President Trump

Duquesne University's 11th annual Human Rights Film Series will deal with the most critical abuses of human rights in the world today in the context of President Donald Trump's administration.

Presented by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the series' theme, Human Rights in the Age of Trump, was chosen to bring human rights issues to the forefront-issues that can be more efficiently contextualized through acknowledging the current administration's viewpoints, according to a committee member for the series. 

"No matter what side of the political spectrum you may be on, there is no denying that our President has redefined public dialogue about fundamental human rights issues," said Karl Skutski, who also is a retired adjunct professor of international film studies at Duquesne. "One cannot watch these films without becoming aware and educated, so our hope is that after viewing these films, people will be inspired to become involved." 

The free series opens on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with a screening of 13th, a Netflix original documentary directed by Ava DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States.

The second film in the series, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, was written by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 24. It addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Gore's global efforts to persuade government leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Constructing the Terrorist Threat, which examines how Muslims have become the predominant face of terror in the United States' news and entertainment media, will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The series will conclude with a screening of Human Flow on Wednesday, Feb. 7. This epic film journey led by world-renowned artist Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the global refugee crisis.

All of the film screenings, which are open to the public, will be at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of College Hall on Duquesne's campus.

For more information, call the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at 412.396.6415.

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