A Human Rights Documentary Film Series

Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives & Veterans for Peace present
Impugning Impunity: A Human Rights Documentary Film Series

Friday November 9
Syria: The Assads’ Twilight / France (2010), 6pm

Saturday, November 10
The Mexican Suitcase / Mexico, Spain (2011), 4:45pm
Granito: How to Nail A Dictator / USA, Guatemala, Spain (2011) 7pm
$10 donation
San Francisco Veterans Buildng, Room 223
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

The festival is co-sponsored by The Puffin Foundation, The Center for Constitutional Rights, San Francisco Veterans for Peace and Icarus Films.  With the support of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and Courage to Resist.

The Films
Syria: The Assads’ Twilight / France (2010)
Friday, 6pm
Directors: Vincent De Cointet & Christophe Ayad
Running time: 52 minutes

A lively documentary history of Syria’s Assad regime, tracing its origin and influence, even as it clings to power in the face of the Arab Spring.
Discussion with Suzan Boulad, activist and blogger from Mideast Youth; Tareq Samman, member of Building the Syrian State movement; and Professor Fred Lawson, Lynn T. White, Jr. Professor of Government at Mills College. Reception will follow.

The Mexican Suitcase / Mexico, Spain (2011)
Saturday, 4:45pm
Director: Trisha Ziff
Running time: 90 minutes
Screening includes Q&A with Alex Donado, participant in the film
The story of the recovery of the 4,500 negative taken by photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War.  The film follow the journey of these negatives to Mexico – recovered seventy years later.  The Mexican Suitcase brings together three narratives: the suitcase, the exile story, and looks at how people in Spain today address their own past.

Granito: How to Nail a Dictator / USA, Guatemala, Spain (2011)
Saturday, 7pm
Directors: Pamela Yates, Paco de Onís and Peter Kinoy
Running time: 90 minutes
Question & Answer session will follow the film, led by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

As a young filmmaker in 1982, director Pamela Yates went to Guatemala to make a documentary about a hidden war.  In 2004 lawyers prosecuting an international genocide case asked Yates to comb through that historic film and its outtakes for possible evidence to be used against the same dictator, Ríos Montt, who spoke with her on camera three decades before.  Suddenly the old footage took on a second life.

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