Human Rights Spotlight

Sponsored by Monsanto Human Rights, Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International and Area Studies at Washington University, and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University

A selection of documentaries focused on human-rights issues in the U.S. and the world. The programs, which feature accompanying directors and/or subjects and post-film discussions, are free and screen Nov. 3-5 and Nov. 10-12 at Washington U.

See “Films by Subject” for additional works addressing human-rights issues.

8 Borders, 8 Days

Saturday, November 11 at 2:15pm

“8 Borders, 8 Days” chronicles one woman’s personal revolution in the context of one of the greatest human-rights crises of our time. Sham, a Syrian single mother, serves as moving proof of the consequences of closing America’s doors to families fleeing war. With... Read more

And Then They Came for Us

Saturday, November 11 at 4:30pm

After the Trump administration called for a Muslim registry and tried to enact an immigration ban against people from Muslim-majority countries, Trump surrogate Carl Higbie cited the unconstitutional incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as the... Read more

The Blood Is at the Doorstep

Sunday, November 12 at 2:00pm

Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, “The Blood Is at the Doorstep” provides a behind-the-scenes look at one of America’s most pressing social issues. A roofer by day, Nate Hamilton juggled community college and fatherhood... Read more

Copwatch

Sunday, November 5 at 1:00pm

In Ferguson, Michael Brown died after being shot by police. In New York, Eric Garner died after a chokehold by police. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died being transported by police. The names of these men have been burned into our public consciousness, and the... Read more

Cries from Syria

Saturday, November 11 at 7:30pm

“Cries from Syria” is a cinematic monument and tribute to the Syrian people, whose bravery is an inspiration for all humanity. Five years ago, the Syrian people — inspired by events in Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt — rose up against the dictatorial rule of President... Read more

The Field

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

Near the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction — between Jerusalem and Hevron — Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-Violence. Despite a life filled with pain and conflict — his four years in an Israeli prison, his drive-by... Read more

Intent to Destroy

Sunday, November 12 at 7:00pm

Pulling back the curtain on mass-murder censorship in Hollywood due to U.S. government pressure to appease a strategic ally, “Intent to Destroy” embeds with a feature-film production as a springboard to explore the violent history of the Armenian genocide and the... Read more

Never Again: Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity

Saturday, November 11 at 12:30pm

Following World War II, at the Nuremberg trials, members of the Nazi regime were convicted of crimes against humanity as a response to the widespread and systematic atrocities they committed against civilian populations during the war, especially the attempted... Read more

Never Been a Time

Sunday, November 5 at 7:30pm

“Never Been a Time” uses the 1917 East St. Louis race riot to unpack hidden facts that reveal the complexity of racism in all of America. The film links events separated by as much as a 100 years and as few as 20 miles, tracing the line between the East St. Louis... Read more

True Conviction

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men... Read more

Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras — murder capital of the world — orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future. Founded 25 years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central... Read more