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The 20th Annual United Nations Association Film Festival

EVT 524
Oct 19—Oct 29
Stanford, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, San Francisco
Status: No Registration Required
Founded in 1998 by Jasmina Bojic, film critic and educator, UNAFF is an international documentary film festival originally established to honor the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 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 went on to win major awards and accolades, UNAFF prides itself in creating a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, social issues and solutions. UNAFF has received praise from academic, civic, and community leaders 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 20th 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 popular programs “UNAFF & Kids” and “UNAFF in Schools” and will host seven panel discussions during which renowned experts will elucidate topics such as climate change; the impact of social media and arts; hate crime and LGBT issues; women, 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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