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NATAS Human Rights Film Festival
Showings at the United Nations

All screenings will begin at 6 p.m. in the United Nations Dag Hammarksjöld Auditorium and will be moderated by Georges Leclère, Executive Director, the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). Each showing will include a film screening to be followed by a panel discussion with time for questions from the audience.

Thursday, 3 December E.S.M.A.: The Judgment Day (50 mins.)

In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Argentinian military government launched a horrific "dirty war" against its people, capturing, torturing and killing an estimated 30,000 alleged subversives. This disturbing and moving documentary looks at the trials of those military leaders, which were conducted in the 1980s, and the painful testimonies of relatives of the disappeared, and the victims who managed to survive.

Friday, 4 December They Were Not Silent: The Jewish Labour Movement and the Holocaust( 30 mins.)

The film tells the dramatic story of the anti-Nazi and rescue activities of the American Jewish labour movement. It uncovers their aid to the underground fighters of the ghettos of East Europe, and their assistance to Holocaust survivors in refugee camps across the globe from Germany to Shanghai.

Monday, 7 December For Everyone, Everywhere (30 mins.)

World premiere of the United Nations documentary.

The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II awakened world awareness to the need to codify standards of basic human rights applicable throughout the world. This documentary uses rare archival footage to chronicle the history of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the struggle by Eleanor Roosevelt and a coalition of diplomats, jurists, and intellectuals to implement this document at the United Nations. Filmed on four continents, the documentary further surveys the current state of world human rights standards.

Tuesday, 8 December Fighting for Our Rights: a Tribute to San Francisco's Human Rights Heroes (23 mins.)

East Coast Premiere

The Resource Center for the United Nations presents a documentary film produced by Patricia Steele and hosted by San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. The film features three human rights struggles in which the San Francisco Bay Area led the world in defending and expanding our human rights: the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, bussing students to integrate schools during the civil rights movement, and the gay and lesbian freedom movement. The story of the struggles are told using historic film footage set to contemporary music.

Wednesday, 9 December Classified X (40 mins.)

Written and performed by Melvin Van Peebles, this film explores the portrayal of African-Americans in the history of cinema in the United States.

** All showings are open to delegates, staff, NGOs, media and to others by invitation.

For further information, contact:International Council of National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: (212) 489-6969
United Nations Department of Public Information: (212) 963-0353 or 963-3771