2018 Film Festival Guide
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North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
2018 Film Festival Guide
Welcome
When we started this journey in November 2016, we had a simple goal: to provide a forum for
filmmakers and artists who were documenting human rights violations and social injustices through
their work. As we reflect on the world, our nation and our state in 2018, it’s clear that continuing to
provide this forum of ideas, perspective, education and information is as important today as it was then.
We weren’t sure what kind of response we would get to the first film festival of its kind in North Dakota.
We were pleasantly surprised. Our first evening of screenings had only individual seats open, and our
subsequent screenings were sold out. Due to that extreme interest, I’m excited to share that the festival
has extended this year to include two additional cities in North Dakota.
The films you’ll see this week in Grand Forks, Bismarck and Fargo include work from North Dakota, from across the country
and from around the world. We’re grateful to be able to represent so many different viewpoints. The final schedule of 30 films
represents 10 countries.
On behalf of the entire team, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the second annual North Dakota Human Rights Film
Festival. Thank you for supporting the important work of these filmmakers and the humanitarian efforts they document.
We hope you enjoy the programming our Jury has selected for you, and we hope that you leave the festival inspired by the
individuals working to protect our fundamental human rights.
With love and respect,
Sean Coffman, 2018 Festival Chair,
Executive Director, The Human Family
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Thursday,
November 8
Empire Arts Center
Grand Forks, ND
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Unnatural Selection
(Inégalité des Chances)
Year: 2017 | 15 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): French
Directed by: Geneviève Delouche
Country of Origin: France
Late for work, Julie, 35, gets harassed in the
street by Karim, 25. Upon arriving at work, Julie
discovers that the candidate with whom she
must hold a job interview is none other than
Karim. Determined to take revenge, she will
show him what unnatural selection is.
The Right to Learn
Year: 2018 | 30 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Conor DeVries
Country of Origin: Canada
“The Right to Learn” investigates the drastic
increase in higher education costs in Canada
over the past few decades. It follows three
students as they navigate the real-world effects
of this rise in tuition, as well as the impact
seen within educational institutions and
Canadian culture at large.North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
The Providers
Year: 2018 | 1 hour 25 min
Genre: Feature Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin
Country of Origin: United States
Set against the backdrop of the physician
shortage and opioid epidemic in rural
America, “The Providers” follows three healthcare
providers in northern New Mexico. They work at
El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer
care to all who walk through the doors,
regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal
struggles that reflect those of their patients, the
journeys of the providers unfold as they work to
reach rural Americans who would otherwise be
left out of the healthcare system.
With intimate access, the documentary shows the
transformative power of providers’ relationships
with marginalized patients.
Hotel Everest
Year: 2017 | 39 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Claudia Sobral
Country of Origin: United States
“Hotel Everest” is a story about individuals who
have the courage to overcome ancient hatreds,
fear and mistrust to find a better and more
peaceful way for themselves, their communities
and their families. They come together to
understand the humanity in “the other,” and
forge connections that promote empathy,
understanding and, in their wildest hopes,
peace. The film is not a historical account of
the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but a
contemporary, experiential film about
iving within it.
Emigration
Year: 2017 | 30 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Persian
Directed by: A. Hassan Keivan
Country of Origin: Iran
A sculptor and her family are emigrating from
Iran, but before leaving the capital, the city
council commissions her to create a public
sculpture. She accepts, as her heart is not yet
committed to leaving. Meanwhile, her husband
and son leave ahead of her. She talks to them
often. She suspends her classes at the university,
although some students still seek her advice at
her workshop. She begins work on the sculpture
while taking care of her elderly mother. After
finally committing to leaving, the sculptor
hesitates on the taxi ride to the airport and…
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Thursday,
November 8
Empire Arts Center
Grand Forks, ND
Evening Session
6:00 – 10:00 PM
What is Human?
Year: 2018 | 5 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Jake Bergen
Country of Origin: Canada
A victim of a war-ravaged past, an auntie in an
African orphanage sees history repeating itself in
the lives of the children she cares for – and
considers life as she looks at a new generation
of children dealing with age-old problems.
Are You Volleyball?!
Year: 2017 | 15 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Arabic, English
Directed by: Mohammad Bakhshi
Country of Origin: Iran
A group of Arabian-speaking asylum seekers
arrive to an English-speaking country border and
can’t keep going. They clash with border soldiers
every day till a deaf-mute baby becomes a
catalyst for better communication between the
two groups.
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This is Home: A Refugee Story
Year: 2018 | 1 hour 31 min
Genre: Feature Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Alexandra Shiva
Country of Origin: United States
“This is Home” is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and
struggling to find their footing. Displaced from their homes and separated from loved ones, they
are given eight months of assistance from the International Rescue Committee to become self-
sufficient. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their
strength and resilience are tested. It is a universal story, highlighted by humor and heartbreak,
about what it’s like to start over, no matter the obstacles.
After surviving the traumas of war, the families arrive in Baltimore, Maryland, and are met with a
new set of trials. They attend cultural orientation classes and job training sessions where they
must “learn America” – everything from how to take public transportation to negotiating new
gender roles – all in an ever-changing and increasingly hostile political environment. Their goals
are completely relatable: find a job, pay the bills and make a better life for the next generation.
We witness the families’ struggles and triumphs up close through the drama of everyday life.
Through intimate access, this cinema vérité film takes a fresh look at the classic American
immigration story and challenges us to see past differences to find common ground. “This is
Home” goes beyond the statistics, headlines and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories,
putting a human face on the global refugee crisis.
Dak’toká Taíno (I Am Taíno)
Year: 2018 | 13 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Spanish
Directed by: Alba Enid García
Country of Origin: United States
A young Taíno girl, Marabelí, visits her grandma,
Abuela Yaya, after Hurricane María. Marabelí
expresses her fears of survival, while Abuela
Yaya comforts her and reminds her of their
resilient Taíno ancestors and challenging history.
This film warmly reflects in the future of Puerto
Ricans as an indigenous society.
Mrs. Schneider
Year: 2018 | 10 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Michael Matheson Miller
Country of Origin: United States
In 1950s Brooklyn, a young boy’s idyllic
childhood is changed after a simple interaction
with his Jewish neighbor.
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Hussein worked as the Community Liaison
Officer at Metro State University and as a Planner
for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. In
2013, he created Zeila Consultants to develop
and offer cross-cultural training workshops on
East African cultures. Hussein has presented on
the Somali culture to diverse public and private
organizations across the U.S. He specialies in the
areas of urban planning, community develop-
ment, youth development (with over 8 years
experience in working in juvenile treatment
centers for court adjudicated youth), legal and
civil rights.
Cynthia Shabb
Executive Director,
Global Friends Coalition
Cynthia Shabb is the
executive director of
Global Friends Coalition, a
nonrofit with the mission
of fostering refugee
integration in the Greater
Grand Forks Community.
Global Friends works with over 260 volunteers
a year, serving 230+ New Americans. Shabb
earned a B.S. degree in English education from
the University of Minnesota, a master’s in Library
Science from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D.
in Educational Leadership from the University of
North Dakota.
Moderator
Ifrah Esse
Attorney & Small Business Owner
Ifrah Esse is an attorney
and a small business
owner in Grand Forks, ND.
She arrived in the U.S. at
the age of 10 as a refugee
along with her parents and
8 siblings. Prior to attend-
ing law school, Ifrah was a
social worker who worked
predominately with runaway and delinquent
youth. Ifrah is very passionate about social justice
issues and hopes to focus her legal career in
advocating for marginalized communities.
Panelists
Jaylani Hussein
Executive Director, CAIR-Minnesota
Jaylani Hussein is currently
the executive director of
the Minnesota chapter of
the Council on
American-Islamic
Relations (CAIR-MN).
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Panel
Discussion
The Immigrant and
Refugee Experience
Duration: 60 minutes with audience Q&A
Join us for a discussion about the Immigrant
and Refugee Experience. In the midst of racial
tensions in Grand Forks, the discussion will focus
on dispelling the myths around immigration
processes and services, and identify ways
the Grand Forks community can become a
welcoming community for all who call it home.
Reginald
‘Reggie’ Tarr
Resettlement Coordinator,
Lutheran Social Services
of North Dakota
Reginald Tarr is the
Resettlement Coordinator
for the New Americans
Services with Lutheran
Social Services at the
Grand Forks Program
Center.
Reginald originally came to Grand Forks as a
refugee himself from Liberia in 2003 through
the very program that he serves. He holds a
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the
University of North Dakota.
Reginald was the recipient of the Undergraduate
Student Civil Engagement Award at the uni-
versity in 2011 for his involvement with com-
munity groups. He has served on the Board
of Directors for Global Friends Coalition, an
organization that helps integrate refugees into
their new environments. Additionally, he was the
former Chairman of the Liberian Community and
is currently the executive of the United African
Community in Grand Forks.
Reginald was one of those who were recognized
at the White House in 2016 for leadership in the
refugee/immigrant community
January 24, 2019; 6:00pm-9:00pm
Century Theater at NDSU’s Memorial Union
S A V E T H E D A T E
The Seven is an interactive human rights experience. Through
independently created events, The Seven empowers individuals to
discuss and learn what it means to organize, advocate for and
influence positive change in their community. These events include
interdisciplinary conversations, performances and research as a
call to action. The Seven aims to advance a condition where
participants recogni
participants recognize a change they can make in their world.
A PROJECT OF:
Join the conversation #NDHRFF18
January 24, 2019
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Century Theater at NDSU’s Memorial Union
The Seven is an interactive human rights
experience. Through independently created
events, The Seven empowers individuals to
discuss and learn what it means to organize,
advocate for, and influence positive change
in their community. These events include
interdisciplinary conversations, performances
and research as a call to action. The Seven
aims to advance a condition where participants
recognize a change they can make in their world.
Learn more at Human-Family.org.
A project of:
Tuesday,
November 13
ND Heritage Center
& State Museum
Bismarck, ND
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 3:00 PM
A Ferry Tale
Year: 2018 | 10 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Turkish
Directed by: Mehmet Tigli
Country of Origin: Turkey
This short film is about a father and his two
autistic children. They board a ferry on a wintry
day and meet with some disappointing incidents
in their short trip. Due to some impatient
passengers’ reactions to his children’s
unintentional actions, the father feels sad
and loses hope.
Living in Chains
Year: 2018 | 14 min
Genre: Student Filmmaker
Language(s): English, Indonesian
Directed by: Nur Humaira Sajat
Country of Origin: Singapore
“Living in Chains” is a short documentary film
that centers around the banned practice in
Indonesia known as pasung. Pasung refers to
the practice of physical restraint or confinement
upon a person deemed as mentally ill. The
documentary presents the standpoints of the
traditional healers and the unconventional
methods they employ to heal the patients.
The film also serves to highlight the stigma and
cultural beliefs that perpetuate the practice that
still exists in certain parts of the world in this
modern day and age.
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More Than a Word
Year: 2017 | 1 hour 5 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English
Directed by: Kenn Little and John Little
Country of Origin: United States
“More Than a Word” analyzes the Washington
football team and their use of the derogatory
term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those
in favor of changing the name and those against,
the film presents a deeper analysis of the many
issues surrounding the Washington team name.
The film also examines the history of Native
American mascots and cultural appropriation.
America; I Too
Year: 2017 | 20 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Anike Tourse
Country of Origin: United States
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
(CHIRLA) presents its second short film,
“America; I Too,” starring Academy Award
nominee Barkhad Abdi and featuring music from
Grammy winners Quetzal. Writer and first-time
director Anike Tourse shares the interconnected
stories of three arrested and detained immigrants
who navigate the system as they attempt to
prevent their deportation. This film is based on
real testimonies and experiences.
Franciszka
Year: 2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Elias Djemil
Country of Origin: Canada
In 1943, a revolt broke out at the Auchwitz-
Birkenau concentration camp. Among the
resistants, a famous Polish ballerina. It is said
that she disarmed a cruel SS officer with the
simple grace of a ballet movement. Only her
story has survived until today. Her name was
Franciszka Mann.
Since the First Day We Met
Year: 2017 | 4 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Saul Singleton
Country of Origin: United States
A deaf boy moves to a new school and finds
himself through meeting his new friend, Finn,
in the forest.
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Tuesday,
November 13
ND Heritage Center
& State Museum
Bismarck, ND
Evening Session
6:00 – 10:00 PM
What is the Value
of Human Life?
Year: 2018 | 4 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Jake Bergen
Country of Origin: Canada
Even though she has a good life, Maty is forced
to cope with her disabilities every day. Some-
times, it causes her to ask hard questions about
human value, and her own value in particular.
A Man Falls from the Sky
Year: 2017 | 9 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Dutch
Directed by: Kurt Platvoet and Jan Verdijk
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Ton and Ineke Korrel enjoy their warm afternoon
soup when a man crashes down from the sky,
in their garden. Ton sees a dangerous species
lying in his garden, Ineke wants to help. The
situation escalates. The couple will soon find out
who their other half really is. Hopefully before it’s
too late.
Mni Wiconi: Water is Life
Year: 2018 | 3 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental Film
Language(s): Silent
Directed by:
Miguel Antonio Genz and Jeremias Galante
Country of Origin: United States
Dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota
Territory, this black-and-white, hand-drawn short
film focuses on the environment, and how the
fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change.
The film highlights the Dakota Access Pipeline,
and is intended to create social awareness
regarding contamination of natural resources.
Too Many Bodies
Year: 2018 | 6 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental Films
Language(s): English
Directed by: Reena Dutt
Country of Origin: United States
A music video for Alex Mackey’s “Place
Called Us,” addressing America’s need for
gun reform through dance, music and passion,
culminating in a website of resources for
advocacy and survivor support.
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
The Beautiful Struggle
Local Filmmaker
Director Christian Gray, Producer Brad Kroupa
and students from White Shield High School will
be in attendance
Year: 2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Christian Gray
Country of Origin: United States
Real people. Real stories. Real struggles.
White Shield, North Dakota Fort Berthold Indian
Reservation.
Facilitated Talking Circles
Historical Trauma
Duration: 75 minutes
Join us in one of two facilitated talking circles to
discuss the topics identified in the film “Dodging
Bullets.” All individuals are invited to share as
part of the discussion.
Dodging Bullets
Regional Filmmakers
Co-directors Kathy Broere and Bob Trench will
be in attendance
Year: 2018 | 1 hour 38 min
Genre: Documentary Feature
Language(s): English
Directed by: Sarah Edstrom, Kathy Broere,
Jonathan Thunder, and Bob Trench
Country of Origin: United States
Native Americans have dodged bullets since
first contact with Europeans. This film brings a
cross-generational sampling of Indigenous
people, researchers and politicians to reveal
stunning reasons for their disproportionately
high incidences of health and social issues.
This collection of remarkable stories names
historical trauma as the unique and insidious part
of the genetic code that resilient Native American
populations are still finding ways to dodge. The
film focuses on Native Americans and is not the
typical “tragedy porn” film about Indian Country,
it is more of an accurate portrayal of life.
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White Shield High School
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Thursday,
November 15
Fargo Theatre
Fargo, ND
Evening Session
7:00 – 10:00 PM
What is the Value of Human Life?
Year: 2018 | 4 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Jake Bergen
Country of Origin: Canada
Even though she has a good life, Maty is forced
to cope with her disabilities every day. Some-
times, it causes her to ask hard questions about
human value, and her own value in particular.
Sundogs
Director Elizabeth Chatelain and actresses Sarah
Chatelain-Gress and Serenity Gress will be in
attendance
Year: 2016 | 16 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Elizabeth Chatelain
Country of Origin: United States
A single mother and her 4-year-old
daughter struggle to survive a homeless night
in the oilfields of North Dakota.
Home. The Homelessness Crisis in North Dakota
Local Filmmaker
Filmmakers Sonya Jensen and Sean Coffman will be in attendance at the festival.
Year: 2018 | 49 min
Genre: Short Documentary / Episodic Series
Language(s): English
Directed by: Sonya Jensen and Sean Coffman
Country of Origin: United States
The premiere of the first episode of the limited series “Home.” Focusing on the homelessness crisis
in North Dakota, the first episode examines the myths, the individuals impacted, the causes and the
community response to the epidemic.
To support continued work on the series, text “Donate” to (701) 540-5365.
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United Hopes
Year: 2018 | 35 min
Genre: Student Filmmaker
Language(s): English
Directed by: Arwa Sawan
Country of Origin: United States
This documentary addresses the Syrian refugees’
concerns over exercising their basic human
rights and freedom of expression and how the
United States’ immigration policy regarding the
Syrian refugees’ humanitarian crisis is being
shaped by the concerns over the impact of
refugees on the USA’s national security. It is
a documentary that brings awareness to this
humanitarian crisis and highlights the important
role of communication in promoting human rights
protection while addressing concerns of our
national security.
Whitney Fear
RN Case Manager / Shelter &
Community Outreach Nurse,
Homeless Health Services
Whitney Fear was born
and raised on the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation.
She is a proud member
of the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
Whitney is passionate
about bringing equity to
healthcare, the use of holistic nursing and
increasing the level of diversity within the
nursing profession.
Angela Daly
Shelter Services Director,
YWCA Cass Clay
Angela Daly is Shelter
Services Director for YWCA
Cass Clay’s emergency
shelter in Fargo, ND, which
provides safety for women
and children escaping
domestic violence and
poverty. The shelter
typically serves 1,500 annually. Angela leads
the expert and caring team of managers who
provide services to help women find housing
and transportation, gain jobs and education,
access health care, and secure child care for
their families.
Moderator
Cody Schuler
Executive Director,
FM Coalition to End Homelessness
Cody Schuler sees his
work as a piece of a larg-
er puzzle of ending home-
lessness by organizing
people to come together
to change systems and
advocate for social justice.
Dr. George
Connell
Professor of Philosophy,
Concordia College
Dr. Connell has been
teaching at Concordia
since 1986. He attended
Mercer University, and
then went on to graduate
school at Vanderbilt
University. He recently completed terms as
Division Chair of Humanities at Concordia and as
the President of the Soren Kierkegaard Society.
Dr. Connell recently completed a semester of
sabbatical research, focusing on issues of home
and homelessness.
Jan Elliason
Harm Reductino Director,
Fargo Cass Public Health
Jan provides oversight and
direction for the Gladys
Ray Shelter and Veteran’s
Drop in Center, Withdrawal
Management Unit, and the
Harm Reduction Center.
She has been instrumental
in advancing the concept of Housing First in the
Fargo-Moorhead Community and advocating for
lower barrier shelters throughout the region. Jan
has been with the Gladys Ray Shelter since its
inception in 2008.
Panelists
Panel
Discussion
The Homelessness
Crisis in North Dakota
Join us for a discussion about homelessness in
North Dakota. In the midst of a crisis that impacts
all of the communities in the state, what efforts
are being made locally and statewide to address
the issue?
Adam Martin
Founder,
F5 Project
F5 Project focuses on
rebuilding lives and
communities through
servicing people with
criminal backgrounds.
F5 helps to coordinate
services and provide
personal support in order
to deter repeat offenses.
Naomi Richison
Naomi was formerly
homeless and a former
resident of the Gladys Ray
Shelter and the YWCA.
Naomi is currently working
on rebuilding her life with
her boyfriend, JR and their
9 month old daughter,
Sonja, in West Fargo.
Jesseca White
Downtown Resource Officer,
Fargo Police Department
Officer Jesseca White
is one of two Downtown
Resource Officers (DRO)
with the Fargo Police
Department. The DROs
are specifically assigned to
provide enhanced services
to the downtown area.
The main focuses of the DROs are to help
promote a revitalized, safe and vibrant downtown
that appeals to citizens of Fargo and visitors.
A portion of tonight’s screening of “Home.” was
funded in part by Humanities North Dakota, a nonprofit,
independent state partner of the National Endowment
for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or
recommendations expressed in the “Home.” do not
necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or
the National Endowment for the Humanities.
SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED THROUGH
December 2, 2018
EXIBITION
January 7-24, 2019
ARTISTS RECEPTION
January 23, 2019
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North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Friday,
November 16
Fargo Theatre
Fargo, ND
Afternoon Session
1:00 – 3:30 PM
The Snag
Year: 2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): French
Directed by: Desalos Isabelle
Country of Origin: France
When Camille meets Etienne, there is something more than usual. But
she has a secret that will ruin everything between them: she has HIV.
When she runs away and he catches her, the complicity turns to a lack
of understanding. Despite their shared desire, those two hearts will hurt
each other.
We Have Our Ways
Year: 2017 | 15 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Dawn Jones Redstone
Country of Origin: United States
In a dystopic but recognizable America, street riots are common,
tap water is undrinkable, and you’re lucky if you get health insurance.
Regina usually keeps her head down to just get by, especially at work.
As a customer service rep for Alleviate (“Keeping you healthy
tomorrow, today”), she must reject health coverage for desperate
callers all day in order to do her job. But when her younger cousin
Abigail is in need of a criminalized medical procedure, she must
decide what price she’s willing to pay for justice.
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Nobody Dies Here
Year: 2016 | 23 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Simon Panay
Country of Origin: France
Perma gold mine, Benin. Some dream to find something, others
realized there was nothing to be found. Some dig relentlessly, hoping
to become rich, others died in the process. And a few of them say
that here, nobody dies.
Rehoming
Actress Julie Sheppard will be in attendance
Year: 2018 | 15 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Aarón Monsiváis
Country of Origin: Canada
A couple decides to adopt a child from a foreign country to fill the void
left by the death of their biological child, but soon regret their decision
and makes a heart-wrenching, morally questionable choice.
Modified
Year: 2017 | 1 hour 27 min
Genre: Feature Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Aube Giroux
Country of Origin: Canada
“Modified” is an award-winning first-person
documentary that questions why genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on
food products in Canada and the United States
despite being labeled in 64 countries around the
world. Interweaving the personal and the political,
the film is anchored in the filmmaker’s
relationship with her mother, a passionate
gardener and food activist. Their intimate
mother-daughter investigative journey, fueled
by a shared love of food, ultimately reveals the
extent to which industrial interests control our
food policies, making a strong case for a more
transparent and sustainable food system.
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Friday,
November 16
Fargo Theatre
Fargo, ND
Evening Session
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Mni Wiconi: Water is Life
Year: 2018 | 3 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental Film
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Miguel Antonio Genz
Country of Origin: United States
Dedicated to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Dakota
Territory, this black-and-white, hand-drawn short
film focuses on the environment, and how the
fossil fuel industry is affecting climate change.
The film highlights the Dakota Access Pipeline,
and is intended to create social awareness
regarding contamination of natural resources.
Alphabet
Year: 2017 | 6 min
Genre: Animation / Experimental
Language(s): Silent
Directed by: Kianoush Abedi
Country of Origin: Iran
It has been years since the people of this town
forgot the alphabets of life. They have no sight,
hearing or speech left… but the words are
impatiently waiting to be sung again.
A Man Falls from the Sky
Year: 2017 | 9 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): Dutch
Directed by: Kurt Platvoet and Jan Verdijk
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Ton and Ineke Korrel enjoy their warm afternoon
soup when a man crashes down from the sky,
in their garden. Ton sees a dangerous species
lying in his garden, Ineke wants to help. The
situation escalates. The couple will soon find out
who their other half really is. Hopefully before it’s
too late.
Join the conversation #NDHRFF18
1200+
Regional Filmmaker
Director Leonard Yakir and Producer Shelia
North will be in attendance
Language(s): English
Directed by: Leonard Yakir
Produced by: Sheila North and Leonard Yakir
Country of Origin: Canada
“1200+” focuses on a region in Canada where
the indigenous community has been tragically
impacted by indigenous women and girls being
victims of violence and murder. The documentary
was created and produced by journalist Sheila
North, who is the former Grand Chief of
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, and film-
maker Leonard Yakir. The RCMP claim there are
over 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous
women and girls in Canada. Family and friends
claim up to 3,000. The film “1200+” is seen
through the eyes of journalist Sheila North, who
has made it her passion to get to the bottom of
MMIWG. Sheila examines how and why these
women and girls go missing and draws on the
similarities of their circumstances.
Sing Our River Red
Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Local Filmmaker
Director Gott Falcon will be in attendance
Year: 2016 | 2 min
Genre: Short Documentary
Language(s): English
Directed by: Gott Falcon
Country of Origin: United States
February 14, 2016. Fargo, North Dakota.
Temperatures hovering just above 0 degrees F,
with wind gusts of up to 20 mph. Members of
the Native American Commission and advocates
in the community brave the cold to bring
awareness to the serious issue of the
Murdered and Missing Indigenous
Women of North America.
Safe Space
Year: 2018 | 8 min
Genre: Short Narrative
Language(s): English
Directed by: Ben S. Hyland
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Sarah is a key worker in a women's refuge.
Amne is her new client. For Amne, the journey
from victim to survivor is painful and traumatic.
For Sarah, the emotional burden placed on
her shoulders is overwhelming. “Safe Space”
chronicles the relationship between the two
women from the day Amne arrives until the
day she must leave.
Panel
Discussion
The Missing & Murdered
Indigenous Women and
Girls Crisis
Join us for a discussion about the Missing and
Murdered Women and Girls Crisis. In the midst
of a crisis that impacts all of the communities in
the state, what efforts are being made locally and
statewide to address the issue?
Duration: 60 minutes with audience Q&A
Moderated by: Michael Yellow Bird, NDSU
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
Michael
Yellow Bird
Director, Tribal and
Indigenous Peoples
Studies Program,
Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NDSU
Dr. Michael Yellow Bird is a citizen of the Three Affiliated Tribes,
(Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara). He joined the North Dakota State
University faculty in the fall of 2014. He has held faculty and/or
academic administrative appointments at the University of British
Columbia, University of Kansas, Arizona State University and Humboldt State University. He
is professor and director of the Tribal Indigenous Studies program at NDSU. His teaching,
writing, research and community work focus on Indigenous Peoples’ health, leadership and
cultural rights; the effects of colonization and methods of decolonization; decolonizing social
work approaches; decolonizing war and military service; neurodecolonization and mind-body
approaches; neuroscience and Indigenous Peoples; traditional mindfulness and contemplative
practices; ancestral and paleo eating and lifestyle; and the rights of Mother Earth.
ModeratorPanelists
BJ Jones
BJ has over 25 years of experience as a tribal judge for various tribes in the Northern Plains
area. He currently serves as Chief Judge for the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and its Treatment
Court. In addition, Jones teaches criminal law and jurisdiction in Indian Country and a
seminar on the Indian Child Welfare Act at the University of North Dakota School of Law.
Jones has presented at over 200 national and regional conferences since 1995, including
the Indian Nations Conference, Department of Justice events, United States Federal Courts
conferences, the Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association events and National
American Indian Court Judges' Conferences and Parks at Department of Justice, American
Bar Association, and other events. Jones serves on the North Dakota Supreme Court's
Tribal-State Judges' Committee.
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Lisa Brunner
Lisa Brunner is a member of the White Earth Ojibwe Nation and is Wolf Clan.
Lisa has worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault field for over 18
years, and was the executive director of Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition for
13 years, whose work addresses violence against Native American and Alaska
Native women. Sacred Spirits First Nations Coalition is responsible for the
creation of the Harm Reduction program on the White Earth reservation in its
response to the heroin epidemic, and has since become a model for Tribes and
the state. Brunner has advocated on the local, state, national and international
levels to bring about change to public policy that maintains the horrific realities
of violence against Native women and within our Tribal communities.
Lisa has served as board chair of the White Earth Land Recovery Project and Board of Directors for
Native American Children’s Alliance and served on the National Technical Working Group, “SOAR to
Health & Wellness Training for Health Care Providers to Respond to Human Trafficking.” Lisa was
honored with the Bonnie HeavyRunner Award for her work. She is a 2016 Bush Fellow. Lisa has
been an adjunct faculty member at White Earth Tribal and Community College and has recently been
promoted to interim cultural coordinator. Lisa is currently co-director of Indigenous Women’s Human
Rights Collective, Inc.
Sheila North
Producer of “1200+”
Sheila North is the Former
Grand Chief of Manitoba
Keewatinowi Okimakanak,
an organization which
represents 30 northern
First Nations in Manitoba,
Canada. North is a former
journalist and communica-
tions professional who has
covered many First Nations issues and worked
with several other leaders over the years. During
her career in media, she penned the hashtag
#MMIWG, a very well-known acronym to identify
the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous
Women.
Leonard Yakir
Director and Producer of “1200+”
Leonard Yakir grew up in Winnipeg’s North End. He produced and directed:
The Mourning Suit (official entry Locarno & Chicago International festivals), the first Winnipeg based
feature; and has since been the creative force behind socially motivated films such as “Mainstreet
Soldier” (Etrog nominee), Out of the Blue” (official entry Cannes Film Festival) and award winning
“The Ring of 1000 Souls and Sound.”
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