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Illuminating Oppression: Film Festival 9/10-12

8 September 2009

Syracuse University’s Syracuse Symposium presents the documentary series Illuminating Oppression, its 7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival from September 10 through 12.

Thursday, September 10, 7 PM: Zones of War

Behind Forgotten Eyes, dir Anthony Gilmore, 76 min, 2007. “[The] Japanese Imperial Army coerced, tricked, and forced more than 200,000 Korean women into a brutal and systematic form of sexual slavery.” The film features first-hand accounts and the aftermath of this abuse; a discussion with the film’s co-director Ryan Seale follows the film.

Friday, September 11, 7 PM: The Line That Defines

Still Human Still Here: Destitution of the Refused Asylum Seekers, dirs Marc Hoeferlin, Barney Broomfield, 12 min, 2007 “…depicts the predicament of refused UK asylum seekers….”

Pray the Devil Back to Hell, dir Gini Reticker, 72 min, 2007 presents the “story of a small band of Christian and Muslim Liberian women, who took on violent warlords and the corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace in 2003 for their shattered country.”

Saturday, September 12, 1 PM: Not All in Good Faith

Under Construction, dir Zhenchen Liu, 10 min, 2007 “…depicts the plight of thousands of Chinese families forcibly displaced from their homes as city planners tear down parts of Shanghai’s old town to regenerate the city.”

Up the Yangtze, dir Yung Chang, 93 min, 2007. “The Three Gorges Dam is the backdrop for this…disquieting glimpse into the future as flood waters spill over the banks on the Yangtze, forever altering the landscape and lives of the people who eked out a living along the legendary river.”

Screenings will be held in the Life Sciences Complex Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus; the films are free and open to all.

For more information on the series, please visit syracusesymposium.org

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