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Oct. 19, 2006

UICHR Hosts Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival In October

Two films covering human rights topics such as refugee issues, access to health care, political oppression and war will be shown as part of a continuing Human Rights Traveling Film Festival in October. The University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, the Institute for Cinema and Culture, the African Studies Program, and the Global Health Program are sponsoring the screenings, which are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.uichr.org

The series began on Oct. 17 and continues with the following two films:

--"Amu," 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Room 107, English-Philosophy Building. "Amu" begins with the everyday dilemmas of a young Indian-American, Kaju, returning to her Indian homeland. The film's focus is the massacre of Sikhs following the assassination of Prime Minister Ghandi. Kaju's questions produce difficult answers, forcing her to face the truth of India's history and her own truth.

--"Winter in Baghdad," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, Room W151, Pappajohn Business Building. Filmmaker Javier Corcuera brings his gift of storytelling to this film, allowing the viewer to integrate the political with the personal in the tragedy of Iraq that has unfolded since the war began in spring 2003. "Winter in Baghdad" is as beautiful visually as it is deep emotionally -- a rich tapestry of life in Baghdad today. This film was a winner of the Best Documentary at the 2005 Los Angeles Film Festival.

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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 uichr@uiowa.edu.

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

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