Human Rights Film Festival Begins at USF

Free film screenings promote awareness, discussion, and commitment to social justice

SAN FRANCISCO (March 25, 2014)

The University of San Francisco (USF) is proud to host its 12th annual Human Rights Film Festival April 3-5, 2014. The festival seeks to promote awareness and discussion of global human rights abuses and to encourage action in order to prevent such injustices. The three-day festival is free and open to the public, and will include the screening of four to six films each day in USF’s Presentation Theater (2350 Turk Boulevard, at Masonic). The Act of Killing, a 2014 Oscar-Nominee for Best Documentary Feature, will close the festival on Saturday evening, April 5.

This year, the USF Human Rights Film Festival will showcase works addressing issues of environmental destruction, rights and equality, media censorship, HIV, poverty, effects of war on children, failures of humanitarian aid, and political repression.

“We truly believe in the power of film to educate and empower citizens to take action against human rights violations,” said Susana Kaiser, associate professor of Media Studies and Latin American Studies, and co-organizer of the festival. “We hope that attendees gain knowledge about human rights violations happening in the U.S. and around the world, and that this awareness generates action. Now that we know, what can we do? What would we do to prevent these injustices from happenings again?”

The festival will open with works produced by current USF students, as well as alumni-produced short films. “The passion our students and recent alumni bring to advocacy is inspiring,” said Kaiser. “Over the years of this festival, we’ve seen how film allows students to visually confront the reality of various human rights issues, and ultimately raise consciousness.”

For more information about USF’s 2014 Human Rights Film Festival, descriptions, and dates and times of each film, please visit

Media interested in learning more about USF’s Human Rights Film Festival, or to request an interview with Susana Kaiser, please contact Anne-Marie Devine, senior director of media relations, at (415) 422-2697 or

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