Southwest Art Festival Film Festival

SouthWest Film Festival poster
Washington, DC

"The Human Rights Film Festival"
Produced by Tom Block

Westminster Presbyterian Church
400 I Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
Sunday, September 25, 2011 | 1-8pm

An Admission Free Event
Presented by Christ United Methodist Church, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and The JumpStart Media Project of Washington

1pm "The Drum Major"

Produced by Michael Mack and Jim Pollock, this short documentary explores the last year of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and his call for "a radical revolution of values."

1:20-2pm "Street Dreams" and "Redemption"

The JumpStart Media Project of Washington presents these two short films by at-risk youth of Southwest, Washington, DC, made in association with the U.S. Dream Academy, Department of Justice, and St. Augustine's Episcopal Church.

2-3pm Audience and Panel Discussion: "Making Movies with a Message"

Hosted by Tom Block
Filmmakers Michael Mack, Jim Pollock, Jeff Herberger and Lola Boxley discuss the work of The JumpStart Media Project of Washington and their mission to inform as they entertain through media.

3-3:35 pm "Women in Refuge" (Irene Herrera)

"Women in Refuge: Stories from a Border" (2009) witnesses the struggle of Colombian women seeking asylum in Venezuela.

3:40-4 pm "Interstates and States of Grief" (Phil Rockstroh & Angela Tyler-Rockstroh)

Traveling US interstate highways one suffers a confluence of so much contemporary madness and tragedy extant in the land…so much suppressed fear and aggression. Yet, through it all, the heart still yearns to see what lies over the next horizon. Although, lamentably, what is revealed, all too often, proves to be as sterile, inhospitable, ugly, and inhuman as what was beheld at the last.

4:05-5:05 pm "Return of Navajo Boy" (Groundswell Educational Films)

For more than a decade, film-maker Jeff Spitz helped his friend Elsie Begay push for removal of uranium-contaminated soil around her family's compound west of Monument Valley. Now it's getting cleaned up.

5:10-6:10 pm "Race to Execution" (Rachel Lyons)

"Race to Execution" explores the deep and disturbing link between race and the death penalty in America. Following the stories of two Death Row inmates--Madison Hobley of Chicago, Illinois and Robert Tarver of Russell County, Alabama—the film interweaves their compelling personal stories together with groundbreaking scholarship. Revealing how race infects our capital punishment system, "Race to Execution" invites dialogue into the larger community about this systemic crisis within our justice system.

6:15-7:15 pm "Prince Among Slaves" (Unity Production Foundation)

"Prince Among Slaves" recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. After 40 years of enslavement, he finally regained his freedom, became a national celebrity, and dined in the White House. This is an incredible story about an incredible man who endured the humiliation of slavery without ever losing his dignity or his hope for freedom.

7:25-8 pm "Sleepless in Gaza…and Jerusalem" (Ramzi Khoury and PINA TV)

"Sleepless in Gaza…and Jerusalem" is a video diary of young Palestinian women, Muslim and Christian, living in Gaza, Jerusalem and the rest of The West Bank that shows the real life of Palestinians living under occupation. Through the daily lives of the Sleepless Girls who moved in all directions across Palestine we were able to put on film a three month segment of life there with its diverse reality be it social, political, economic, religious, military—at times in combination.