March 12 and 13, the Amnesty International Film Festival comes to Boise for the first time. Featured in a variety of major cities across the country, the festival started in 1991 and has been seen in cities such as Seattle, Washington, D.C., New York, Hollywood and Pittsburgh. Its stop in Boise this week will hopefully encourage Idahoans to get involved in human rights issues in order to make a difference in the global community and to urge those who have different belief systems to learn from each other.
"My hope with this festival is to raise people's consciousness to various issues around the world and help people here in Boise learn how to get involved," says Angela Hummel, director of Flux Ministries. Affiliated with St. Mark's Catholic Community, Flux Ministries is the organization sponsoring the festival's Boise screening.
Hummel says she hopes the event will motivate citizens to exercise the right of democracy and take a stand to make a difference on many human rights issues today.
"I think too many Americans have the notion that they are powerless about issues because it's in the hands of politicians," Hummel says.
Each year, the Amnesty International Film Festival accepts film submissions for documentary, feature and animated films, as well as music videos for its annual touring film showcase. This year's festival features seven films, all of which focus on issues facing the global community today, and aims to provide real-life stories depicting those issues in order to help people who attend the festival to understand what it means to be a citizen of the world.
In addition to film screenings, this year's Boise event features local experts on many issues who will elaborate on various topics. Following White Rainbow about Indian widows in Vrindavan who have been abandoned by their families, the filmmaker's sister (who lives in Boise) will attend to lead a discussion.
The Amnesty International Film Festival at the Flicks March 12 and 13 is open to the public. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors, and for matinees before 6 p.m., and $8 for general admission. Tickets and passes are available in advance at Ten Thousand Villages in Hyde Park and the Flicks.
For more information on the film festival or the featured films, visit www.amnestyusa.org/filmfest. For festival times, see Screen Listings on page 27.
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