Friday, September 30, 2011

3rd annual Rights Media DocFest, Sept 30-Oct 1

Beginning tonight, Journalists for Human Rights (jhr) and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) present their 3rd annual Doc-Fest Rights Media Documentary Film Festival.

Tonight, they will be screening Robin Pierro's Dream Deferred, The Price of Sex by Mimi Chakarova, and Remembering the Ashes: Incendies Through their Eyes by Anais Barbeau-Lavalette. The festival continues tomorrow afternoon with screenings of Burgundy: La petite bourgogne by Adam Bemma, The Team by Patrick Reed, and Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change by Zacharius Kunuk.

Screenings take place at BMO Amphitheatre - Molson Building, at Concordia University, 1450 Guy Street.


jhr & CMHR Rights Media DocFest

Friday, September 30, 2011 at 6:30 PM - Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 2:00 PM (ET)
Montreal, Quebec

jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) has partnered with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) to bring you the third annual Rights Media DocFest, a film festival featuring the most outstanding documentaries that focus on human rights issues around the globe. With an incredible lineup of films, including the critically acclaimed The Price of Sex and The Team, this year will sure to be yet another success!

From September 30th to October 1st at the BMO Amphitheater at Concordia University in Montreal, DocFest will bring together socially conscious media lovers to celebrate some of this year`s best documentary films! Grab your tickets soon and join us for what will surely be a fantastic festival!

If you`ll be at the event, tweet us
@jhrnews or use the hashtag #docfest!
For more information about the films, please visit


BMO Amphitheatre - Molson Building, Concordia University
6:00 - 10:30 PM

A Dream Deferred
- Robin Pierro (6:30 PM)
Alongside a team of ten Ghanaian journalism students, Robin Pierro visits the Krisan refugee camp in Ghana where they explore refugee rights, or, in this case, the lack of them. Following the stories of Gaga, Beatrice, Justine, Kudjoe, and Angela, A Dream Deferred shows the difficulties many refugees face especially when it comes to attaining education. Following the completion of the film, the UNHCR-Ghana used it in their campaign to raise awareness and funds for refugee youth in Ghana.

The Price of Sex
- Mimi Chakarova (7:00 PM)
A feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse, The Price of Sex is intimate, harrowing and revealing. It is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence.

The Price of Sex
directed by Mimi Chakarova has been screened at the Sarasota Film Festival, the AFI / Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival and received the Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Director Mimi Chakarova will be available for Q & A after the screening.

Remembering the Ashes: Incendies Through their Eyes
- Anais Barbeau-Lavalette  (8:45 PM)
In Jordan, in the heart of the Middle East, Iraqi, Palestinian and Lebanese refugees are working on the filming of Incendies, an adaptation of Wajdi Mooawad`s play. Whether extras or onlookers, these exiles once experienced scenes very similar to the ones depicted in Denis Villeneuve`s Genie-winning and Oscar-nominated film. Se souvenir des cendres explores their views on the vicious war and cycle of violence being recreated before their eyes, and by their own efforts.

Sharing sessions will occur between films along with an extended Q & A at the end of the evening.

BMO Amphitheatre - Molson Building, Concordia University
1:30 - 6:00 PM

Burgundy: La petite bourgogne
- Adam Bemma (2:00 PM)

The Negro Community Centre (NCC) in Montreal's Little Burgundy (La Petite-Bourgogne) was founded in 1927 by Reverend Charles H. Este from Union United Church. The NCC has always been a beacon in the city's black community, but this landmark has been left to deteriorate for over 20 years, leaving a generation of youth without a place to learn about the importance of black art, history and culture.

The Team
- Patrick Reed (2:30 PM)

Kenya has long been considered Africa’s success story—relatively stable and ethnically harmonious. But following their December 2007 Presidential election, everything changed. Voting controversy split the country along ethnic lines, pushing Kenya to civil war.

The international community intervened, a fragile peace was brokered, and a Truth and Reconciliation framework put in place. But as ethnic suspicion and violence continue to paralyze the country, many dismiss these actions as hollow political theatre. An alternative local response is the creation of a taboo-breaking TV soap opera, “The Team,” following the struggles of a co-ed multi-ethnic soccer squad to overcome their differences, both on and off the pitch.

The Team
has been screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival, the AFI / Discovery Channel Silverdocs Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and at HotDocs.

Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change
- Zacharius Kunuk (Director of The Fast Runner) and Ian Mairo (4:15 PM)
In this documentary, Inuit people speak first-hand about how their landscape is changing, how the sky has turned colour and if the polar bear really is endangered. Unsettling accounts of new flora, thawing permafrost and dwindling ice point directly to the truth that climate change has become a human rights issue for many indigenous people. Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat The Fast Runner) and Winnipeg researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro (Seeds of Change) have collaborated with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This new documentary, the world`s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, take the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic.

Sharing sessions will occur between films along with an extended Q & A at the end of the evening.

For more information about the films, please visit

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