3rd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival (2015)

The 3rd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival featured international documentaries and films highlighting compelling human rights issues focusing on the theme of violence against women. The screenings were followed by opportunities for discussion with film makers, academics and experts. The Festival also included a workshop on the use of film for human rights advocacy and was one of the initiatives taking place within the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence, an international campaign which calls for the elimination of gender-based violence by raising awareness at the local, national, and international levels.

The 3rd University of Ottawa Human Rights Film Festival was held from December 3 to 6, 2015 at the Alumni Auditorium (Jock Turcot University Centre – 85 University). The screenings were free and open to public.

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The Human Rights Research and Education Centre would like to thank the sponsors for the film festival:

  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession
  • Community Life - University of Ottawa

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THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 | Silence in the Courts

Silence in the Court - Documentary

THURSDAY, DEC 3 | 7 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Silence in the Courts
Prasanna Vithanage | Sri Lanka | 2015 | 57m | Original version in Sinhalese, with English subtitles.

Two women from rural Sri Lanka, sexually abused by a judge nearly two decades ago, try in vain to seek justice. As their plea is turned down and subverted by the country's highest authorities, noted journalist Victor Ivan begins to write in-depth stories highlighting their plight, the state of the justice system and its lack of commitment to the downtrodden-to not avail. This film traces stories of these hapless women and the journalist twenty years on, and attempts to understand this shocking miscarriage of justice and how the powerful can sometimes be above the law.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

Panelists:

  • Prasanna VITHANAGE | Film Maker & Director, Sri Lanka
  • Rahul ROY | Director of Aakar, India
  • Cam DO | Program Leader, Governance, Security, and Justice | International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 | The Hunting Ground

The Hunting Ground - Documentary

FRIDAY, DEC 4 | 4 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre | Fauteux Hall | FTX570

The Hunting Ground
Kirby Dick & Amy Ziering | United States | 2015 | 103m | Original version in English.

An exposé of rape crimes on U.S. college campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and the devastating toll they take on students and their families.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the Shirley Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession and the uOttawa Human Rights Office.

Panelists:

  • Sonia NYGAM | Director | Human Rights Office, uOttawa
  • Nicole MAYLOR | Vice President - Equity | Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO)

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4 | Finding Dawn

Finding Dawn - Documentary

FRIDAY DEC 4 | 7 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Finding Dawn
Christine Welsh | Canada | 2006 | 73m29s | English with French subtitles.

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh presents a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy: the murders and disappearances of an estimated 500 Aboriginal women in Canada over the past 30 years. Finding Dawn illustrates the deep historical, social and economic facts that contribute to the epidemic of violence against Native women in this country.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with Cinema Politica.

Panelists:

  • Gail GALLAGHER | Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
  • Angela CAMERON | Faculty of Law - Common Law Section | Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 | Workshop

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 1 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall | FTX570

The Impact of Documentaries and Mobile Cinema in Africa

with Femke van Velzen
IFPRODUCTIONS

Femke will talk about her experience as a film maker, on how to make a documentary, and will provide tips and tricks such as how to get funding for such initiative, etc. She will also develop on the impact of documentaries and outreach campaigns.

This workshop is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IFPRODUCTIONS.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 | Fighting the Silence

Fighting the Silence - Documentary

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 4 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Fighting the Silence
Femke van Velzen & Ilse van Velzen | Netherlands | 2007 | 53m | English subtitles.

During the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war, more then 80.000 women and girls were raped. “Fighting the Silence” tells the story of ordinary women and men struggling to change their society. Husbands talk of the pressures that led them to abandon their wives. Soldiers and policemen share their (shocking) views about why rape continues to flourish in the Congo.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IFPRODUCTIONS and the Institute of African Studies (Carleton University).

Panelists:

  • Femke VAN VELZEN | Film Maker | IFPRODUCTIONS
  • Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) | Representant of the Institute of African Studies (IAS-CU), Carleton University

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 | Weapon of War

Weapon of War - Documentary

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 7 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Weapon of War
Femke van Velzen & Ilse van Velzen | Netherlands | 2007 | 59m | English subtitles.

In Weapon of War, military perpetrators unveil what lies behind their brutal behavior and the strategies of rape as a war crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IFPRODUCTIONS and the Institute of African Studies (Carleton University).

Panelists:

  • Femke VAN VELZEN | Film Maker | IFPRODUCTIONS
  • Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) | Representant of the Institute of African Studies (IAS-CU), Carleton University

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 | Statut quo? Le combat inachevé du féminisme au Canada

Statut Quo? - Documentary

SUNDAY DEC 6 | 4 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Statut Quo? Le combat inachevé du féminisme au Canada
Karen Cho | Canada | 2012 | 104m | English, with French subtitles.

Feminism shaped our society. Where has it led us and how is it relevant today? Status Quo? Explores major challenges such as violence towards women, access to abortion, universal daycare services, etc. It questions the progress made on these issues and offers provoking and sometimes shocking answers.

Panelist:

  • Diane MATTE | Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle (CLES)

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 | Malala: A Girl from Paradise

 A Girl from Paradise - Documentary

SUNDAY DEC 6 | 7 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Malala: A Girl from Paradise
Mohsin Abbas | Canada/Pakistan | 2014 | 60m | English.

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for being outspoken about her country’s education system. The Pakistani government spends seven times more on its military than on education. The Taliban banned girls from attending school. Pakistan’s literacy rate is among the lowest in the world, with the number of school aged children who don’t attend school is second highest globally. Malala survived and is now the youngest person to ever be awarded the Nobel peace Prize for her activism for female education. This is the story of Malala’s fight for a right to education and freedom.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with Ross Brown Films and Frontline Media (Pakistan). Frontline Media was very instrumental to complete this film.

Panelists:

  • Mohsin ABBAS | Film Maker
  • Urooj MIAN | Executive Director | Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada)
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