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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival: various screenings

Time: Oct. 1, 2016, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Location: Shemin Auditorium at Shaffer Art Building

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

The 14th annual Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival concludes with a trio of features and a bonus presentation on Saturday, October 1, to feature interaction with filmmakers.

1:00 pm

The Crossing (George Kurian, 2015, Norway, Arabic and English with English subtitles, 55 min )

Following one of the most dangerous journeys of our time with a group of Syrian refugees fleeing war and persecution, this vivid documentary offers an intimate perspective into their harrowing experiences. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with new immigrant students from local high schools.

4:00 pm

Koza (Ivan Ostrochovský, 2015, Slovakia/Czech Republic, 75 min)
Skype Q&A with filmmaker

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In a subtle fusion of documentary and fiction, Koza follows a young Roma boxer as he embarks on a tragicomic return to the ring in order to pay for his girlfriend's abortion. Ivan Ostrochovský's debut narrative feature casts Peter "Koza" Baláz as "himself," mixing details of Baláz's real life with invented situations to illuminate the grinding poverty and social marginalization experienced by Europe’s Roma communities.

Plus: a sneak-preview of a short film in progress by Lida & Mišo Suchý (2016, USA/Ukraine/Slovakia, closed captioned in English)

7:00 pm

Aligarh (Hansal Mehta, 2015, India, 120 min)
Skype Q&A with filmmaker

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Based on a true-life story, this groundbreaking feature follows a young journalist in Aligarh as he uncovers a homophobic conspiracy behind the case of an Indian college professor who is caught by the press in bed with his lover.


Reluctantly Queer (Akosua Adoma Owusu , 2016, Ghana, 8 min.)
A young Ghanaian man struggles to reconcile his love for his mother with his same-sex desire amid the increased tensions of sexual politics in Ghana.

Download the festival poster or find more info at the official festival website.

Festival Presenters:
Syracuse University Humanities Center (Arts & Sciences)
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

Principal Organizer: Tula Goenka, Television, Radio, Film