EPFC Human Rights Film Festival 2019: WE TELL



In 1999, a group of us living and working at the University of California, Irvine had an idea to start a Human Rights Film Festival. We had all been involved in social justice causes since the 80s in one form or another – education, direct action, volunteerism, advocacy and activism. The seed was planted. After moving to the Echo Park Film Center shortly after our 2001 opening, the festival has continued in one form or another for the past two decades.

To celebrate the Human Rights Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary, this year we present a very special weekend of powerful films and visiting artists all gathering to discuss, debate and move forward on the most pressing social justice issues of our times. This year’s festival takes place on Friday, November 1 with an opening reception at 7 pm and films at 8. We continue Saturday, November 2 with two programs beginning at 6 pm. All events are FREE; everyone welcome!

We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media is a national traveling exhibition featuring 41 separate media projects; 36 different production entities, including nonprofit community organizations and cultural centers; and works from 19 states and Puerto Rico. We Tell is a thematic collection of short documentaries produced by community media entities. Not only does the exhibition celebrate the important 50-year history of participatory community media in the United States, but also restores these legacies as a vital, vibrant sector of the ecologies of documentary. The exhibition was programmed collaboratively for over five years by Louis Massiah (filmmaker and Executive Director of Scribe Video Center) and Patricia R. Zimmermann (Professor of Screen Studies at Ithaca College). Archival research for the exhibition was contributed by The XFR Collective, an organization of media archivists that partners with artists, activists, individuals, and groups to lower the barriers to preserving at-risk audiovisual media.

EPFC is delighted and excited to present three dynamic We Tell programs over two days.

Friday November 1: 7 pm reception followed by Wages of Work at 8 pm.

Saturday, November 2: 6 pm States of Violence followed by Turf at 8 pm.

Each program includes introductions and a post-screening Q&A by We Tell programmers Louis Massiah and Patricia Zimmermann along with special guest filmmakers and activists including Robert A. Nakamura, Filmmaker:Wataridori: Birds of Passage, Curator/Scholar Karen Ishizuka, and Spencer Nakasako, director the Vietnamese Youth Development Center which produced Freedom on the Block.

More info on We Tell: Fifty Years of Participatory Community Media here!




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