A Lens on Human Rights: Film Festival Marks Amnesty's 50th Anniversary

Artists, musicians and filmmakers have always played a crucial role in the human rights movement, using their voices to protest injustices and inspire others to care. This Saturday, October 15th this vital relationship continues, as the Hamptons International Film Festival marks the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International with a special panel focusing on the 50-year legacy of the American Civil Rights Movement.

The panel looks at this movement through three feature films about Americans who worked tirelessly for human dignity and equality during the 1950s and 1960s: Sing Your Song about Harry Belafonte; The Loving Story; and All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.  The panel will be an open discussion featuring each of the film directors, led by Amnesty International USA board member Joan Libby Hawk. If you’re in the New York area, join us at 2PM October 15th at the First Presbyterian Church Session House in East Hampton, New York.

Also on Saturday at 5PM Amnesty International USA’s Demand Dignity Campaign Director Tanuka Loha will introduce the film Scenes Of A Crime. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the 2011 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Scenes Of A Crime deftly navigates the case of Adrian Thomas, a young father in Troy, New York accused of killing his four-month-old son.

We also encourage you to check out the 12th annual Films of Conflict and Resolution, a series of seven powerful films aimed at the human rights impacts of war and violence.  Films will focus on the unique stories of individuals affected around the globe.

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14 thoughts on “A Lens on Human Rights: Film Festival Marks Amnesty's 50th Anniversary

  1. Please sign, Signatures needed by October 29, 2011 to reach goal of 5,000

    support an international investigation into war crimes and other human rights abuses committed in Sri Lanka
    https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/support-international-investigation-war-crimes-and-other-human-rights-abuses-committed-sri-lanka/h0bvBbSg?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

  2. 50th Anniversary for AI, But for Tamils over 65 years the state terrorism, created on the basis of Sinhala chauvinism, Over 50,000 Tamils were killed in 2009 alone.

    Why
    Gaddafi is enemy and Mahinda Rajapaksa is friend? http://gaddafi-us-can.blogspot.com/2011/03/gaddaf

    On the one hand the United Nations and powerful states were maintaining a policy of non interference with regard to Sri Lanka and on the other hand some countries were directly involved in helping the final stages of the war.
    During the final days of Mullivaghzhal, neither the majority of the local human rights activists nor the political parties protested against the killing of civilians. They were silently watching and some were even enjoying the cold-blooded killings of civilians.
    Can the international community, the United Nations, powerful states, Sri Lankan government and some members of civil society explain why they maintained a deafening silence while the people of the North and East, especially civilians in the Mullivaghzhal were being killed in aerial bombing and artillery fire? http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/04/10/what-is-

  3. 50th Anniversary for AI, But for Tamils over 65 years the state terrorism, created on the basis of Sinhala chauvinism, Over 50,000 Tamils were killed in 2009 alone.

    Why
    Gaddafi is enemy and Mahinda Rajapaksa is friend? http://gaddafi-us-can.blogspot.com/2011/03/gaddaf

    On the one hand the United Nations and powerful states were maintaining a policy of non interference with regard to Sri Lanka and on the other hand some countries were directly involved in helping the final stages of the war.
    During the final days of Mullivaghzhal, neither the majority of the local human rights activists nor the political parties protested against the killing of civilians. They were silently watching and some were even enjoying the cold-blooded killings of civilians.
    Can the international community, the United Nations, powerful states, Sri Lankan government and some members of civil society explain why they maintained a deafening silence while the people of the North and East, especially civilians in the Mullivaghzhal were being killed in aerial bombing and artillery fire? http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/04/10/what-is-

  4. 50th Anniversary for AI, But for Tamils over 65 years the state terrorism, created on the basis of Sinhala chauvinism, Over 50,000 Tamils were killed in 2009 alone.

    Why
    Gaddafi is enemy and Mahinda Rajapaksa is friend? http://gaddafi-us-can.blogspot.com/2011/03/gaddaf

    On the one hand the United Nations and powerful states were maintaining a policy of non interference with regard to Sri Lanka and on the other hand some countries were directly involved in helping the final stages of the war.
    During the final days of Mullivaghzhal, neither the majority of the local human rights activists nor the political parties protested against the killing of civilians. They were silently watching and some were even enjoying the cold-blooded killings of civilians.
    Can the international community, the United Nations, powerful states, Sri Lankan government and some members of civil society explain why they maintained a deafening silence while the people of the North and East, especially civilians in the Mullivaghzhal were being killed in aerial bombing and artillery fire? http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/04/10/what-is-

  5. 50th Anniversary for AI, But for Tamils over 65 years the state terrorism, created on the basis of Sinhala chauvinism, Over 50,000 Tamils were killed in 2009 alone.

    Why
    Gaddafi is enemy and Mahinda Rajapaksa is friend?
    http://gaddafi-us-can.blogspot.com/2011/03/gaddafi-is-enemy-and-mahinda-rajapaksa.html

    On the one hand the United Nations and powerful states were maintaining a policy of non interference with regard to Sri Lanka and on the other hand some countries were directly involved in helping the final stages of the war.
    During the final days of Mullivaghzhal, neither the majority of the local human rights activists nor the political parties protested against the killing of civilians. They were silently watching and some were even enjoying the cold-blooded killings of civilians.
    Can the international community, the United Nations, powerful states, Sri Lankan government and some members of civil society explain why they maintained a deafening silence while the people of the North and East, especially civilians in the Mullivaghzhal were being killed in aerial bombing and artillery fire?
    http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2011/04/10/what-is-the-difference-between-libyan-civilians-and-tamil-civilians/