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FREE EVENT: Human Rights Film Series

Killer’s Paradise

In this powerful film, an award-winning team of filmmakers document the story of the brutal killings of women in Guatemala. Since 1999, more than 2,000 women have been murdered there, with the numbers rising every year. Killer’s Paradise documents the story of Claudina Isabel Velasquez, a 19 year old law student murdered in 2005, as her family urges the authorities to investigate who killed her.

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Riverview Branch Library, 1 E. George Street, Saint Paul

Second Showing: January 30, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Crimes of Honour

Across the Islamic world, hundreds of women are shot, stabbed, strangled or burned to death each year by their male relatives, because they are thought to have dishonored their families by engaging in unacceptable relationships. Filmed in Jordan and on the West Bank, Crimes of Honour captures the horrific tragedy of this practice, examines the wider societal response, and highlights the work of three women fighting to end this violence.

Thursday, January 17, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

Second Showing: February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Not For Sale and So Deep a Violence

Not for Sale and So Deep a Violence are two compelling short films that address prostitution as violence against women and the links between prostitution and trafficking. These films, produced by the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, go beyond the myths about prostitution and sex trafficking to demonstrate clear harm and explore what the world needs to do about this massive violation of women’s human rights.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Highland Park Branch Library, 1974 Ford Parkway, Saint Paul

Second Showing: March 6, 12:45 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

View from a Grain of Sand

View from a Grain of Sand is a journey through the last 30 years of Afghanistan's history as lived by three Afghan women. Shot over the last three years in Pakistan and Afghanistan, a doctor, teacher and social activist tell how their lives were violently affected by wars of international making and three different regimes in Afghanistan. Yet through all their loss, and the destruction of their homes and country, these women have endured. With courage, conviction and hope they continue to work on improving the lives of the people around them, against all odds, in this brutalized and divided nation.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.
Arlington Hills Branch Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul

Second Showing: March 11, 12:45 p.m.
Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis

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