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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

Award-winning documentaries from around the world

Illuminating Oppression: 7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival will open at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10 with "Behind Forgotten Eyes." Directed by Anthony Gilmore, the film examines the forgotten casualties of World War II--Korean women who were abducted and forced into a brutal and systematic form of sexual slavery by the occupying Japanese Imperial Army. The film's co-director, Ryan Seale, will lead a discussion following the screening.

The Human Rights Film Festival is free and open to the public and is the kickoff event for Syracuse Symposium 2009: Light. All screenings will take place in the Life Sciences Complex Auditorium, Room 001. The three-day festival will continue Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 with an array of award-winning documentaries by independent filmmakers from Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia and West Asia. A complete schedule of films is available on the Syracuse Symposium Web site at syracusesymposium.org.

On Friday, the selected films will examine the predicament of refused asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and tell the extraordinary story of Christian and Muslim women in Liberia who banded together to fight for peace in their shattered country. The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, films will be shown at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., concluding with "The Sari Soldiers," which chronicles the courageous efforts of six Nepalese women caught up on opposite sides of a civil war amid a government crackdown on civil liberties.

Other Saturday offerings include:

"Up The Yangtze" directed by Yung Chang, a powerful narrative of contemporary China and a disquieting glimpse into the future as floodwaters from the Three Gorges Dam spill over the banks of the Yangtze, forever altering the landscape and lives of the people who eked out a living along the legendary river; and

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