Human Rights Spotlight

Sponsored by Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International and Area Studies at Washington University and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University

A selection of documentaries focused on human-rights issues in the U.S. and the world. The programs, which feature accompanying directors and/or subjects and post-film discussions, are free and screen Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17 at Washington U.

Chelsea Hernandez

In Texas, construction workers face the deadliest conditions in the country. “Building the American Dream” follows three immigrant families who…

Carin Goeijers

On the run from an arranged marriage with an elderly man, Becky arrives in Europe — via Libya — from her native country of Nigeria. Becky could…

Jonathan Schienberg

Jamil Sunsin is the only person in his family born in the U.S. His parents and sister came from Honduras and lived in the U.S. for a decade before…

Urooj Yazdani

Eleven-year-old Humera lives in the small, impoverished Pakistani fishing village of Cashma Goth with her mother and sisters. Because her father…

A nonfiction "The Handmaid's Tale," this program relates stories of sexual abuse and violence against women around the globe.

David Barnhart

“Flint: The Poisoning of an American City” traces the history of the city’s interaction with the Flint River — from the continued abuse and…

Kevin McKiernan

“From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock” tells the intertwined stories of Willard Carlson, a Yurok Indian fisherman who fought at Wounded Knee, S.D.,…

Thiago Dezan, Graci Guarani, Leo Otero, Alexandre Pankararu & Marcelo Vogelaar

This powerful documentary uses young Guarani rapper Werá Jeguaka Mirim as the audience’s access point to a wide-ranging overview of the serious…

Molly Stuart

Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most, she questions the practices of her country’s military and becomes…

Ai Weiwei

"The Rest" — by acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei — documents the plight of refugees who arrive in Europe, the world's purported bastion of human rights…

Bernard Attal

In 2014, Geovane, a young man from a poor neighborhood in Brazil, was arrested by the military police and never seen again. Assisted by the local…

Jeanie Finlay

Freddy is 30 and yearns to start a family, but for him this ordinary desire comes with unique challenges: He is a gay transgender man. Deciding to…

Bridgette Auger & Itab Azzam

“We Are Not Princesses” offers moving profiles of a half-dozen Syrian women refugees in Beirut who come together to tell their stories of love,…

Andy Cohen & Gaylen Ross

Andy Cohen, who has served as a producer on an array of impressive documentaries — “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” “Hooligan Sparrow,” “Human Flow” —…