16th Annual USF Human Rights Film Festival to Bring Award-Winning Documentaries to Bay Area

April 5-7 Festival Highlights Social Justice Issues Across the World

SAN FRANCISCO -- (March 27, 2018) - Celebrating its 16th year of bringing award-winning documentary films to the Bay Area, the University of San Francisco will host the USF Human Rights Film Festival at the Presentation Theater (2350 Turk Blvd. at Masonic Ave.) April 5-7. The three-day festival will showcase 14 films from nine countries, including Academy Award nominee “Last Men in Aleppo”. This USF event is free to the public, and includes four to five screenings each day.

This year’s films address human rights violations in locations that include the U.S., China, Guatemala, Syria, Italy, Congo, Spain, Israel and Palestine. Issues range from political repression, genocide, women’s rights abuses, environmental pollution, corporate abuse, unhealthy working conditions, gentrification, LGBTQ rights, racism, migrant farm worker abuse, indigenous rights, domestic violence, the prison system, as well as GMO and food security.

The festival begins with a series of short films produced by current USF students at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 5, and closes with a screening of “Disturbing the Peace”, the transformative story of eight Israeli and Palestinian soldiers turned nonviolent activists at 6:00 p.m., Saturday, April 7.

For a full schedule and descriptions of the selected films, please visit


Journalists interested in covering the festival or who would like to interview film festival organizer and Media Studies Department Chair Susana Kaiser should contact Kellie Samson at (415) 422-2697 or ksamson@usfca.edu.

About the University of San Francisco

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes, and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World from Here.” For more information, please visit usfca.edu