Human Rights Film Festival

Thursday, Feb 25, 2021 at 12:45pm

San Francisco, CA 94101

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USF's Human Rights Film Festival seeks to promote awareness and discussions of global human rights injustices through films from around the world.

This year, we are making films available for streaming. The films will be accompanied by Q&A panels with the directors and cast.

12:45pm – 2:30pm: La Lucha Sigue
Directed by Sam Vinal
A feature length documentary that highlights the work of social movement organizations COPINH (co - founded by Berta Cáceres) and OFRANEH in Honduras.

Q&A with Sam Vinal, the Film Director and Environmental Media students

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4:35 pm – 5:35 pm: Belly of the Beast
Directed by Erika Cohn
When an unlikely duo discovers a pattern of illegal sterilizations-nearly forty years after being banned- in women’s prisons, shielded by prison officials and doctors inside the correctional system, they wage a near - impossible battle against the Department of Corrections. Belly of the Beast exposes modern - day eugenics and reproductive injustice in California prisons, through intimate accounts from currently and formerly incarcerated people.

Q&A with director Erika Cohan. Moderated by Lara Bazelon (USF Professor of Law)

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4:35 pm – 6:35 pm: Couper Was Here
Directed by Nicole Foley
Couper Was Here is about an unhoused San Francisco resident, Couper Oroña. She was a firefighter, injured on the job, and now lives with disabilities. She supports herself on a small monthly disability check. After her injury and a divorce, she could no longer afford an apartment in the Bay Area, and subsequently found herself living on the street. She’s known by houseless people throughout the city because of the way she looks out for them and advocates for their rights. This film follows Couper in her caring for fellow unhoused San Franciscans, and in her quest to find permanent housing in the city.

Q&A with star of the documentary, Couper Oroña, and Jackie Ramos, Instructor of the Community Empowerment Activists

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