Indy Film Talk: The In Light Film Festival


This weekend, IU Cinema finds itself at the intersection of human rights and documentary film. 

The In Light Film Festival aims to provoke discussion between professionals in the field of human-rights documentaries and the general public. Q&A sessions with filmmakers will thus be a central focus. The discussions will be moderated by IU scholars whose research intersects with the focus of each film. 

The Films

Call Me Kuchu (Thursday, Mar. 5, 5:30 p.m.) 
Following Uganda's first openly gay man, David Kato, this film chronicles a battle against a bill that threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. Director Katherine Fairfax Wright is scheduled to be present.

Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars (Thursday, Mar. 5, 8 p.m.) 
The expectations for the titular Iranian woman are very different from her ambitions. This film follows her as she breaks cultural norms and teams up with the world's first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari. 

Watchers of the Sky (Friday, Mar. 6, 2:30 p.m.) 
Framed around the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin — the civil rights lawyer who coined the word “genocide” — Watchers of the Sky "takes viewers on a provocative journey from Nuremberg to The Hague, from Bosnia to Darfur, from criminality to justice." Producer Amelia Green-Dove is scheduled to be present.

The Return to Homs (Friday, Mar. 6, 5:30 p.m.) 
19-year-old soccer star and Syrian citizen, Abdul Basset al-Saroot, speaks out against the Syrian regime as battles spread throughout the country. 

Mala Mala (Friday, Mar. 6, 8 p.m.) 
Told through the eyes of nine trans-identifying individuals in Puerto Rico, this film digs into dualistic cultural and political identities. Drag queen April Carrion is scheduled to be present. 

The Case Against 8 (Saturday, Mar. 7, 2:30 p.m.)
A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Attorney Enrique Monagas from the film is scheduled to be present.

Slums: Cities of Tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m.) 
A look at the lives of resilient individuals living in Indian and Moroccan slums, a Marseille suburb, a Native American community in the Abitibi region of Quebec, and a tent city in the state of New Jersey. Nicolas Reeves from the film is scheduled to be present.

Reportero (Saturday, Mar. 7, 8 p.m.) 
A veteran reporter traverses the treacherous, drug-laden land of Mexico, where more than 40 journalists have disappeared or been slain since December 2006. Director Bernardo Ruiz is scheduled to be present.


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