Post Screening discussion with William Paul Simmons and his human rights students. William Paul Simmons is Associate Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies and Honors Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Arizona. He employs theoretical, legal, and empirical approaches to study social justice and human rights issues with a focus on marginalized populations. He has served as a consultant on human rights issues in The Gambia (West Africa), China, Mexico and the United States.
Students in the UA Honors Class, “Human Rights Voices,” will be presenting with Professor Simmons. “Human Rights Voices” is an introduction to human rights through the voices of human rights stakeholders, including victims, activists, government officials, and perpetrators. The class will be spending several weeks this semester looking at how voices of slavery and trafficking are represented and misrepresented.
Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council with additional funding provided by Ventana Charitable Foundation, The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona. Click here to view the films and schedule.
Camp 14 – Total Control Zone is a fascinating portrait of a young man who grew up imprisoned by dehumanizing violence yet still found the will to escape. Born inside a North Korean prison camp as the child of political prisoners, Shin Dong-Huyk was raised in a world where all he knew was punishment, torture, and abuse. Filmmaker Marc Wiese crafts his documentary by quietly drawing details from Shin in a series of interviews in which Shin’s silence says as much as his words. Weaving anecdotes from a former camp guard and a member of the secret police with powerful animated scenes capturing key moments in Shin’s life, Wiese pulls audiences into Shin’s world. Shin escapes and becomes a human rights ‘celebrity,’ but as we see, his life outside the camp is often just as challenging as it was inside it. (Dir. by Marc Wiese, 2012, Germany, 104 mins., Not Rated)