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Summer Human Rights Film Series: Camera As Witness - Humanity Is Indivisable

EVT 554
Jul 19—Aug 2
7:00 pm
Rm. 201, Hewlett Teaching Center
Status: No Registration Required

The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2018, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society. The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

Camera As Witness: Humanity Is Indivisable

This film series is moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness program director and founder of the UNAFF international documentary film festival.

Stink! is a first-person story about one father's absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid's pajamas. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some products on our store shelves are not safe—by design. Stink! takes you on a madcap journey from the retailer to the laboratory, through corporate boardrooms, down back alleys and into the halls of Congress. Follow Whelan as he clashes with political and corporate operatives all trying to protect the darkest secrets of the chemical industry. You won't like what you smell.
Director: Jon J. Whelan
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
FREE; no registration is required
Location: Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

The film presents Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons on a world tour as he discovers the pressing issues surrounding waste and sustainability. The beauty of our planet from space forms a violent contrast to the scenes of human detritus across the globe. Vast landscapes in China are covered in tons of rubbish. The wide waters of the Ciliwung River in Indonesia are now barely visible under a never-ending tide of plastic. Children swim among leaking bags; mothers wash in the sewage-filled supply. Each year, we now throw away fifty-eight billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion litres of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste. The film score for the project was composed and performed by another Academy Award-winner, Vangelis.
Director: Candida Brady
Thursday, July 26, 7:00 pm
FREE; no registration is required
Location: Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

In 2012, Nature published a study led by more than twenty researchers from the top scientific institutions in the world predicting that humankind could disappear between 2040 and 2100. It also said that it could be avoided by drastically changing our way of life and take appropriate measures. French actress and director Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and activist Cyril Dion decided to travel the world in search of solutions that can help save the next generations. The result is Tomorrow, an inspiring documentary, that presents concrete solutions implemented throughout the world by hundred of communities.
Directors: Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent
Thursday, August 2, 7:00 pm
FREE; no registration is required
Location: Hewlett Teaching Center, Room 201

The film series is co-sponsored by Stanford Summer Session, Stanford Arts Institute, Stanford Graduate School of Education, the Camera As Witness Program, and Stanford Continuing Studies.
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