MOPA Hosts Human Rights Watch Film Festival
San Diego is home to many people who have been displaced by war and discrimination. They have come here from regions of conflict like the Middle East and East Africa to escape violence and begin a new, safe life. But while some people are able to seek refuge, human rights abuses continue to occur every day.
From January 20-23, 2012, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will travel to the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) to present documentary films covering a wide range of current human rights issues such as the destructive force of the sex trafficking industry. The festival is designed to inform and empower audiences, as well as to spark discussions about the issues presented. “Photography and film have historically, and currently, played vital roles in raising awareness about and documenting human rights issues, giving image to those that need to be seen and voice to those that need to be heard,” said Deborah Klochko, MOPA’s executive director, in a media release. Highlights of this year’s festival include “Love Crimes of Kabul,” a film about women of Afghanistan’s Badum Bagh prison banding together to fight for their freedom, and “Youth Producing Change,” short stories from teen filmmakers from around the world who share their experiences and visions. Q & A with filmmakers and/or topic experts will follow each of the screenings. The full schedule is available on the MOPA website.
Single tickets for the festival are $4 for MOPA members; $6 for students, seniors and military service members; and $8 for the general public. Festival passes – which cover admission to all six festival films– are $15 for MOPA members; $25 for students, seniors and military service members; and $35 for the general public.