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2012 Human Rights Film Festival

The second annual Human Rights Film Festival at ASU was held April 20 - 22, 2012, on ASU's Tempe campus (in Armstrong Hall's Great Hall). The schedule for the festival appears below. The 2012 festival was sponsored by Human Rights at ASU, the School of Social Transformation, the Graduate Professional Student Assocation at ASU, the Center for Law and Global Affairs in ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, and Amnesty International Tempe.

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Armstrong Hall's Great Hall, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law,  ASU Tempe campus

Friday, April 20, 2012 

4 - 5:30 p.m. — Miss Landmine

Discussant: Laura Adviento (ASU)

6 - 7:30 p.m. — Education Under Fire

Discussants: Mahsa Dehghan, Tahereh Berjis, Zia Missaghi and Ladan Kamali Sarvestani

8 - 10:30 p.m. — Granito 

Discussants: Daniel Rothenberg (Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, ASU) and Jonathan Maupin (School of Human Evolution & Social Change, ASU)

Saturday, April 21, 2012

1 - 3:30 p.m. — The Truth That Wasn't There 

Discussants: Jim McDonald (Amnesty International), and film directors Guy Gunaratne and Heidi Lindvall

4 - 5:30 p.m. — The Dark Side of Chocolate

Discussants: Heather Switzer (School of Social Transformation, ASU) and Stanlie James (School of Social Transformation, ASU)

6 - 7:30 p.m. — The Invisibles

Discussant: Lisa Magaña (School of Transborder Studies, ASU)

8 - 9 p.m. — Examining the Stop Kony 2012 campaign

 Discussants: Scott Henderson (Amnesty International, Tempe) and Scott Ross (ASU alumnus)

Sunday, April 22, 2012 (Earth Day)

2 - 4:30 p.m. — Flow: For Love of Water

Discussant: LaDawn Haglund (School of Social Transformation, ASU)

5 - 6:30 p.m. — Overcoming Eco-Apartheid: Community Action for Environmental Justice in South Phoenix

Discussants: Aaron Golub (School of Sustainability, ASU), Steve Brittle (President, Don't Waste Arizona) and Darren Chapman (Director, Tigermountain Foundation)



Tahereh Berjis helped in establishing the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education.  She has been working at the Institute as a professor of embryology and English medical terminology since 1987.

Mahsa Dehghan attended and graduated from the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education from 2002-2007 where she studied law.

Guy Gunaratne, a journalist and filmmaker from London, and Heidi Lundvall, a filmmaker and human rights MA from Finland, founded CODOC in 2011 on principles that strive to challenge audiences and provoke discussion. Guy and Heidi have since worked with organizations such as Amnesty International, TED, Warchild UK, Al Jazeera, Childvoice International, Virgin Media and International Refugee. Their first feature film, The Truth That Wasn't There, won the Second Best Film award at the 2011 South Asia Film Festival in Kathmandu.

LaDawn Haglund is associate professor of Justice and Social Inquiry and fellow of Human Rights and Sustainability in the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University. Her research analyzes the social and political dimensions of sustainability, particularly the human right to water. She is just returning from sabbatical in Brazil, where she studied courts as mechanisms for adjudicating the human right to water and environmental protection.

Scott Henderson is the leader and coordinator of Amnesty International chapter 489 of Tempe, AZ, a co-sponsor of the ASU Human Rights Film Festival. The Tempe group is one of the fastest growing and busiest Amnesty International chapters in the southwest!  

Stanlie James is professor of women and gender studies and African and African American studies in the School of Social Transformation at ASU. Her areas of research interest include women's international human rights and Black feminisms.

Lisa Magaña is an associate professor in ASU's School of Transborder Studies. She has published widely in the area of immigration and Latino public policy issues. She is the author of Straddling the Border (University of Texas Press) and The Politics of Diversity (University of Arizona Press) as well as the forthcoming Latino Politics and International Relations (Springer Press) and From A to Z, Latino Politics and Immigration in Arizona (University of Texas Press). Her interviews with the media include the BBC, PBS, the Arizona Republic, the Associated Press and, most recently, MSNBC.

Jonathan Maupin is assistant professor of anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. His research focuses primarily on community participation in health programs in Highland Guatemala, with a focus on non-governmental organizations, community health worker programs, and midwifery training programs.   

Jim? McDonald has acted as Sri Lanka Country Specialist for Amnesty ?International USA since 1990. McDonald has appeared before? Congress on behalf of AIUSA and has coordinated several? campaigns by AIUSA members on Sri Lanka. Prior to his? role as Sri Lanka Country Specialist, he was a local group? coordinator, a member of the West Africa Coordination ?Group (specializing in Burkina Faso, Ghana and? Mauretania) and the founder of the AIUSA Chicago ?Lawyers Committee.

Zia Missaghi helped in establishing the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education and worked in the administration offices helping to connect students to their professors who lived in different cities in Iran.  

Scott Ross has been an advocate for peace in LRA-affected regions since 2007. He studied human rights and history at ASU, where he was founding president of Schools for Schools, a club that raised money to rebuild schools in northern Uganda. Scott has been involved in constituent lobbying initiatives for several years and volunteered for a local non-profit in Uganda in 2010.

Daniel Rothenberg is professor of practice and executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at ASU's Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. His research and writing focuses on human rights, rule of law and transitional justice, particularly truth commissions, amnesty laws, tribunals and reparations. Rothenberg has designed and managed human rights and rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq and throughout Latin America.

Ladan Kamali Sarvestani, after being expelled from the Iranian University for being Baha’i, attended the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education from 2009-2011 where she studied sociology. 

Heather Switzer is assistant professor of women and gender studies in the School of Social Transformation. Her interests include girls' studies, gender and international development, critical globalization studies, and African feminist and gender theory. Her research focuses on constructions of girls and girlhood in developing contexts with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa and the uses (and abuses) of ideas concerning girls’ empowerment within neoliberal regimes. Heather was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, East Africa (1999).