Posted by Carolyn Classen
Don't despair is you missed the first 2 films from this provocative film series on Feb. 8 and Feb. 18. See listings below for the remaining 7 films through April 7. This first one was a documentary about the work being done in the "Deep South"(Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana) for those diagnosed positive with HIV, with limited resources. The 2nd film was a love story about Timorese resistance ("Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution").
From Loft Cinema website (note that only the last film is at the Loft, be sure to note the locales around town):
MONDAY FEBRUARY 8 - MONDAY, APRIL 7 | FREE SCREENINGS!
THIS PROGRAM IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE ARIZONA HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.
Each year's traveling festival showcases films from the London and New York Human Rights Watch Film Festivals. The Loft is proud to present 9 of these films to audiences in Southern Arizona.
Additional funding provided by Ventana Charitable Foundation, The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona.
One showing only! Monday, Feb 24th 2014 at YWCA, 525 Bonita Ave.
The story of Rafea, a Bedouin woman, who is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India where she joins 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers over the course of six months.
One showing only! Monday, Mar 3rd 2014 at Boys & Girls Club, Holmes Tuttle Club house, Pueblo Gardens Park, 2585 E. 36th St.Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity.
My Afghanistan: Life In The Forbidden Zone
One showing only! Wednesday, Mar 12th 2014 at Joel D. Valdez Main library, 101 N. Stone Ave.
Nagieb Khaja, a Danish journalist of Afghan origin,travels to Lashkar Gah, capital of Helmand province in Afghanistan and gives people living in outlying communities mobile phones equipped with cameras and asks them to film their daily lives, providing a rare glimpse into the war-torn existence of ordinary Afghans.
One showing only! Tuesday, Mar 18th 2014 at Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 W. River Rd.
Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape.
- The New Black
One showing only! Saturday, Mar 22nd 2014 at Grace St. Paul's Church, 2331 E. Adams St.The New Black tells the story of how the African American community is grappling with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights.
Born This Way
One showing only! Monday, Mar 31st 2014 at Fluxx Studio & Gallery, 401 E. 9th St.
There are more arrests for homosexuality in Cameroon than in any other country in the world. With intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, Born This Way steps outside the genre of activist filmmaking and offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in modern Africa.
An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story
One showing only! Monday, Apr 7th 2014 at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. SpeedwayMichael Morton’s wife was brutally murdered in front of their only child, and Michael was convicted of the crime. A team of dedicated attorneys spent years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene and their discoveries ultimately reveal that the price of a wrongful conviction goes well beyond one man’s loss of freedom.