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Nov. 21, 2006

Re-screening of Two Most Popular Human Rights Watch films Nov. 28

The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights will re-screen the two most popular selections from the 2006 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in W151 Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus.

The screenings are free and open to the public.

"Winter in Baghdad," which focuses on the civilian toll of the U.S. air campaign against Baghdad, will be shown at 7 p.m. "Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars," to be shown at approximately 9 p.m., explores refugee issues as expressed through music. The films will be shown back-to-back with an intermission. Individuals are encouraged to attend one or both films.

In "Winter in Baghdad" (Invierno en Baghdad), filmmaker Javier Corcuera brings a gift for storytelling to the film, which integrates the political with the personal in the tragedy that has unfolded in Iraq since 2003. The film has been described by critics as visually beautiful and emotionally deep. Its rich tapestry of life in Baghdad today aims to counteract the simplistic images of the city that are presented by the vast majority of mainstream news media. The film was selected as Best Documentary at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.

"Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars" tells the remarkable and life-affirming story of a group of six Sierra Leonean musicians who come together to form a band while living as refugees in the Republic of Guinea. The music and the emotional stories of the musicians help reveal the brutal realities of a war that has been dismissed by the mass media. Through the film, viewers are able to experience the ability of musicians to sustain hope and create art in a landscape dominated by rage and loss.

For more information or special accommodations to attend these screenings, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900.

For more information or special accommodations to attend either of these film screenings, contact the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights at 319-335-3900 or email

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Amy Weismann, 319-335-0483 or Liz Crooks, UICHR, at 319-335-3900; Writer Eashaan Vajpeyi.