International Human Rights Film Series begins March 9

The International Leadership Program and the International & Area Studies Honorary will launch its 2006 International Human Rights Film Festival with a screening of the documentary Seoul Train at 7 p.m. March 9.

Seoul Train (2004) examines the plight of the estimated 250,000 North Korean refugees who are living “underground” in China. Directed by Jim Butterworth, Aaron Lubarsky and Lisa Sleeth, the film captures both the human toll and geopolitical complexities of a growing and potentially explosive humanitarian crisis.

All film-festival screenings are free and open to the public and take place at 7 p.m. in Rebstock Hall, Room 215, unless otherwise noted. Other scheduled films are:

• March 29: A Closer Walk (2004), directed by Robert Bilheimer, explores the global AIDS pandemic from Africa to Europe, India to the United States.

• April 5: Dreams Die Hard, a short documentary, profiles several individuals trapped in slavery in locations across the United States. Its presentation is co-sponsored by the Roosevelt Institute. (Crow Hall, Room 201)

• April 11: Turtles Can Fly (2004), directed by internationally acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, explores the plight of Kurdish children in Iraq.

• April 20: Favela Rising (2005), directed by Jeff Zimbalist and Matt Mochary, addresses the issue of drug trafficking in Brazil.

The International Leadership Program is a two-semester program offering courses and programming designed to prepare students for global leadership roles in the society of tomorrow. Courses intersect the “humanities” and “social sciences” approaches to international studies while challenging students to engage the University community with international awareness campaigns.

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