The Human Rights Film Festival at the University of San Francisco is the 11th annual event, and like previous years, the lineup is sure to galvanize audiences with a mixture of shorts and features that span the globe. Shorts programs feature work by USF students and alumni. The award-winning feature, Dear Mandela, which follows three South Africans who struggled to prove that the Slums Act was unconstitutional, is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, a profile of the famous Chinese artist and dissident, won the Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. On Saturday, two Oscar nominees will screen: 5 Broken Cameras, a personal story of nonviolent resistance in Israel's West Bank, and The Invisible War, a chronicle of the vastly underreported instances of rape within the American military. A bracing selection of under-seen films, the USF festival highlights the too-often forgotten potential and power of film as an educational tool that effortlessly breaks through political, linguistic, and social barriers.
USF's Human Rights Film Festival starts at noon every day and runs April 4-6 at the Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F. Free. For more information and a full schedule of films, visit usfca.edu.