Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival

20th Annual

 
 
 
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  Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
 (CAN/2019/87min) A powerful cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet. Witness our species’ breadth and impact is shaping a critical moment in geological history.
 
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 Beyond Climate
 (CAN/2018/49min) A film that gets you into the heart of issues from burning forests and melting glaciers to acidic oceans. People across Canada's Pacific coast are living with the realities of climate change, and this film shows what's at stake if we fail to get Beyond Climate.
 
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 Blood Memory
(USA/2019/110min) Examines the complexities of blood quantum and “best interests” that led to removal of nearly one-third of American Indian children from tribal communities nationwide. Amid rising scrutiny of this largely untold history, song and ceremony point a way home for adoption survivors.
 
 
 The Brainwashing of My Dad
(USA/2015/90min) Examines the rise of right-wing media through the lens of the director’s father, whose immersion in its daily propaganda had radicalized him. The director discovers that this was occurring with alarming frequency across America.
 
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 Broken Fish
(USA/2018/15min) Educates Seattleites about wild salmon habitat destruction, and how pollutants in Puget Sound impact tribal communities whose livelihood depends on a healthy wild salmon cycle.
 
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 Broken Places
(USA/2018/55min) Poses the complex question of why some children are severely damaged by early adversity by revisiting some of the abused and neglected children profiled decades ago, and illustrates how early trauma shaped their lives as adults.
 
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 A Concerned Citizen
(USA/2019/41min) Dr. Riki Ott, scientist and activist, brings attention to the dangers of our fossil fueled society on people of color and low income communities. The film provides a roadmap for how to move forward and get involved in creating authentic democracy.
 
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 Damned to Extinction
(USA/2019/51min), Reveals how scientists, local citizens, and tribal members are working tirelessly to support endangered orca whales by restoring the salmon runs on which they depend.
 
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 Dark Money
(USA/2018/99min) This Sundance award-winning film uncovers the shocking truth of how U.S. elections are routinely bought and sold. It is an inspirational account of how people in Montana, across political perspectives, unite to prevent history from repeating.
 
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 An Endless War?
(USA/2019/62min) Afghanistan, 19 years after 9/11 is American's longest war, yet Taliban are stronger than ever. The film deconstructs the reasons why the war has failed and has dragged on for so long. 
 
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 Gaza Fights for Freedom
(USA/2019/84min) Depicts the 2018 Great March of Return protests, whose images of slain Palestinians resounded throughout the world. The filmmaker, denied entry into Gaza by the Israeli government, connected with journalists in Gaza to produce the film through the blockaded border.
 
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 Home Truth
(USA/2018/72min) Filmed over the course of nine years, the film chronicles one family’s pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence tragedies can linger throughout generations.
 
 Interconnections
(USA/2019/15min) How awareness of interconnected ways of being are intrinsic to cultures and faiths worldwide, providing guidance today for bridging across issues, persons, and places.  
 
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 Never Give Up!
(USA/2018/56min) Minoru Yasui fought all his life for civil rights and due process. He educated others and opposed the Japanese internment post- Pearl Harbor bombing, and now has a legacy that lasts to this day.
 
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 Our Bodies Our Doctors
(USA/2019/80min) A glimpse into the lives of courageous abortion providers who have devoted their careers to ensuring women have access to skilled, compassionate care. It also explores some of the obstacles to accessing abortion services in the U.S. today
 
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 The Price of Free
(USA/2018/78min) Illuminates the realities that over 150 million children today are victims of child labor. Many make things we may buy every day, leading Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi to commit to freeing every child through the power of consumer choices.
 
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 Racing Extinction
(USA/2015/90min) Shows how artists and activists expose a hidden world of extinction. The never-before-seen images promise to change the way we see the planet and inspire new affirmation to preserve the diversity of life.
 
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 Salmon People
(USA/2019/17min) Filmed by local Children of the Setting Sun Productions, the film relates the intricate and interwoven lifeways of sockeye salmon and Coast Salish peoples.
 
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 Stories Across Borders
(USA/2019/45min) Seven short films relate experiences of refugees and immigrants.
 
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 Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance
(USA/2019/48min) An encampment in Seattle, Washington, founded by the homeless to foster an environment that allows them to become productive people in society. 
 
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 Strangers in Town
(USA/2019/33min) A refreshing reminder of the ways that global migration unexpectedly transforms communities, such as Garden City, Kansas, where residents welcomed immigrants and their contributions to civic life.
 
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 Suppressed
(USA/2019/37min) The fight to vote exposes rampant voter suppression that affected the outcome of the 2018 midterm election in Georgia, and shows the threat it poses to our elections all across the nation in 2020.
 
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 The Wild
(USA/2019/65min) The battle over protection for Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon continues. The film asks:  how do we reconcile human separation from the natural world that sustain us- and if we change course- how do we save what remains?
 
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 Women of Journeys
(USA/2019/16min) Filmed by local Children of the Setting Sun Productions, the film is a song and prayer to the missing & murdered indigenous women in 2019 featuring the West Shore Canoe Family during the Paddle to Lummi.
 
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