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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.
April 4-6, noon, 2013

 
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