Human Rights Spotlight

A selection of documentaries focused on human-rights issues in the U.S. and the world. The programs, which feature accompanying directors/subjects and post-film discussions, are free and screen Nov. 6-8 at Washington U.
Co-sponsored by Institute for Human Rights & Humanitarian Studies at Webster University, Monsanto Human Rights, and Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International and Area Studies at Washington University

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets

U.S., 2015, 98 min.

"3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets" tells the story of two lives intersecting, forever altering both. On Black Friday 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station, and a white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the... Read more

An Act of Love

U.S., 2015, 86 min.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer was a United Methodist minister in a small Pennsylvania town until he was put on trial by the church for officiating the same-sex wedding of his eldest son. Schaefer was given a choice: vow to never again preside over a same-sex wedding or... Read more

Among the Believers

Pakistan/U.S., 2015, 84 min., English & Urdu

Intimate and shocking, "Among the Believers" offers rare insights into the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world. Charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani state. His dream is... Read more

Can You Dig This

U.S., 2015, 90 min.

South Los Angeles: What comes to mind is gangs, drugs, liquor stores, abandoned buildings, and vacant lots. The last thing that you would expect to find is a beautiful garden sprouting up through the concrete, coloring the urban landscape. As part of an urban-... Read more

City of Trees

U.S., 2015, 74 min.

When unemployment exceeds 25 percent in D.C.'s Ward 8 in 2010, the nonprofit Washington Parks & People receives a $2.7 million stimulus grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to create the Green Corps. Steve Coleman, a white, grassroots... Read more

Doc Shorts: Human Rights 1

77 min.
A Nation Without A Homeland, Nefertiti's Daughters, The Sound Man Read more

Frame by Frame

Afghanistan/U.S., 2015, 90 min., English & Dari

When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged, and a photography revolution was born. Now, as foreign troops and media withdraw after decades of war and an oppressive... Read more

Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis

U.S., 2015, 60 min.

In 1965, the historic Selma march known as Bloody Sunday was a turning point in the civil-rights movement. John Lewis -- now a revered U.S. congressman, then a young student -- co-led peaceful protesters seeking voting rights for African Americans in the South.... Read more