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The 19th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival: Compass for a Better World

EVT 481
Oct 20—Oct 30
Stanford, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco
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Established in 1998 by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is an international documentary film festival that began as a collaborative project between the Midpeninsula chapter of the United Nations Association, a community-based nonprofit organization, and the Stanford Film Society. It has grown and earned the respect of audiences and filmmakers alike for its fearless independence and integrity. In addition to providing early outlets for films, many of which later go on to win major awards and accolades, UNAFF prides itself on creating a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, social issues, and solutions. In its nineteen years, UNAFF has received praise for using the documentary film format to give voice to people who would otherwise go unheard, to highlight vastly different life experiences, and to awaken new understanding of major political, cultural and environmental issues.

As one of the oldest documentary-only film festivals in the United States, UNAFF brings together the interests of human rights advancement and cinematic achievement. The 19th UNAFF will be held for eleven days—four days in Palo Alto, one day in East Palo Alto, two days in San Francisco and four days on Stanford’s campus. Also, UNAFF will continue its very popular programs “UNAFF & Kids” and “UNAFF in Schools” and will host six panel discussions during which renowned experts will speak on topics such as climate change, the impact of social media and arts, universal primary education, hate crime and LGBT issues, women’s poverty and inequality, global partnership for development, philanthropy, and social change, and the passion for producing human rights documentaries.

For more information on the festival’s companion Continuing Studies course, “Camera As Witness: Politics, Culture, and the Power of Documentary Filmmaking,” please visit the course page.
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