UC Merced Update

Human Rights Film Series


The sixth annual UC Merced Human Rights Film series will present a different documentary every Friday in February. All films will begin at 7 p.m. in COB 105. They are free and open to the public.

Feb. 3 – Granito: How to Nail a Dictator (2010, 100 minutes)

Part political thriller, part memoir, the film takes viewers through a haunting tale of genocide and justice that spans four decades. It is a story of destinies joined together by Guatemala’s past and of how a documentary film from 1982 made by the filmmaker of Granito emerges as an active player in the present by becoming forensic evidence in a genocide case against a military dictator.

Feb. 10 – Better This World (2011, 93 minutes)

A dramatic story of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal, the film goes to the heart of the “war on terror” and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in the United States after 9/11. The film illustrates how the facts needed to justify investigations of terrorism suspects have been greatly reduced over the past several years.

Feb. 17 – This is My Land … Hebron (2010, 70 minutes)

Featuring interviews with both Israelis and Palestinians living in Hebron, as well as activists on both sides, members of the Israeli parliament and prominent Ha’aretz journalists, the film lifts the lid on Hebron as it is today – a city fraught with violence and hate. Hebron is the largest city in the occupied West Bank, home to 160,000 Palestinians. It is also home to one of the first Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the only one right in the heart of a Palestinian city.

Feb. 24 – The Price of Sex (2010, 73 minutes)

Special event: Meet filmmaker Mimi Chakarova

This is an intimate and revealing documentary about young Eastern European women who have been drawn into a world of sex trafficking and abuse. It is a story told by the young women who refused to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Emmy-nominated photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria, takes us on a personal journey, exposing the shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Chakarova illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.