Please join us for the fourth instantiation of the InLight Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Featuring screenings and conversations with 5 contemporary documentary filmmakers at the IU Cinema on Oct. 10th-12th. The screenings are free but require a ticket.
This year’s festival features the following film screenings:
Oct. 10, 7:00 pm -The Silence of Others (2018, Spain, 96 min.)
Director Almudena Carracedo is scheduled to be present Tickets
“Unfolding with all the force of a classic political thriller by Costa Gavras or Francesco Rosi,” (Allan Hunter, Screen Daily) The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle for justice undertaken by victims of the Franco dictatorship in Spain. Filmed over six years, the documentary follows a group of survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentina Lawsuit” and fight against state-imposed amnesia in a country unwilling to confront its troubled past even after four decades of democracy.
Oct. 11, 4:00 pm - Eating Up Easter (2018, Chile/USA, 75 min.)
Director Sergio Mata’u Rapu and Writer Elena Rapu are scheduled to be present Tickets
The iconic and sensationalized “mysteries” of Easter Island have drawn the interest of the world for centuries. Today, this tiny, barren island is experiencing an economic boon as tourism skyrockets. Yet the indigenous culture and island’s fragile environment are suffering. Eating Up
Easter, directed by native Rapanui filmmaker Sergio Mata’u Rapu, explores the dilemma his people face today. This personal and affecting documentary tackles the universal complexities of balancing growth and sustainability faced by the Rapanui people.
Oct 11, 7:00 pm - Minding the Gap (2018, USA, 98 min.)
Post-Production Supervisor Ryan Gleeson is scheduled to be present Tickets
Made over the course of 12 years, the Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap follows first-time director Bing Liu as he discovers connections between two of his skateboarder friends’ volatile upbringings and the complexities of modern-day masculinity. Navigating a difficult relationship between his camera and his friends, Bing weaves a story of generational forgiveness while exploring the precarious gap between childhood and adulthood. “Liu’s confrontation with abuse and trauma… is an essentially and crucially political act.” (Richard Brody, The New Yorker)
Oct 12, 4:00 pm - Chez Jolie Coiffure(2018, Belgium, 70 min.)
Director Rosine Mbakam is scheduled to be present Tickets
Chez Jolie Coiffure is a documentary about the friendships, trials, and triumphs of a group of West-African migrants living in Brussels. Alongside the film’s protagonist Sabine, a Cameroonian hairdresser whose boisterous personality is matched by her extravagant hairstyles, Director Rosine Mbakam embeds herself within the confines of an exemplary diasporic space: Sabine’s hair salon. The salon is exposed to police raids and the gazes of white interlopers, but it provides respite for Sabine as she struggles against the perpetual uncertainty of her situation.
Oct 12, 7:00 pm - Bisbee ’17 (2018, USA, 112 min.)
Director Robert Greene is scheduled to be present Tickets
Radically combining collaborative documentary, western and musical elements, Bisbee ’17 follows several members of a close-knit community in the old mining town of Bisbee, Arizona as they attempt to reckon with their town’s darkest hour: the long-buried and largely forgotten “Bisbee Deportation” of 2000 striking immigrant miners. The film documents locals as they play characters and stage dramatic scenes from the controversial story, culminating in a large-scale recreation of the catastrophic event on the day of its 100th anniversary.
The InLight Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is an entirely student-run film festival aimed at promoting interaction between students, scholars, and practitioners who all share an investment in the many struggles for human rights occurring around the world. Our mission is to promote powerful films that speak to contemporary issues and to bring the knowledge and experience of a diverse group of filmmakers to the attention of the IU and Bloomington communities.
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Co-sponsored by The IU Funding Board, The College of Arts and Humanities Institute, The Media School, The Center for Documentary Research and Practice, Cinema and Media Studies, The Journalism Department, The Department of International Studies, The History Department, and the Cultural Studies Program. Supported by IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.