American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact and the Washington College of Law’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law gladly announce the 17th Annual Human Rights Film Series, showcasing the power of film to educate and advocate about human rights.

2016’s Series includes When Elephants Fight, Enemies of the People, Fly By Light, and Community Voice Project.


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Free and Open to the Public.                                              

All Screening will be followed by a Q&A.

All Screening times at 7pm.

When Elephants Fight – October 5

wesDirector Mike Ramsdell

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The #StandWithCongo campaign includes activists, filmmakers, political experts, and community organizers in an effort to solve conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Director Mike Ramsdell’s When Elephants Fight was created in partnership with the #StandWithCongo campaign. The film highlights conflict in the Congo region and how human rights have been affected in the aftermath.

Enemies of the People – October 12

enemies_of_the_peopleDirectors Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin

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From filmmakers Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin, hear the story of the Killing Fields for the first time from the other side. Access to the Khmer Rouge has never been this close before. 




Fly By Light – October 19

Director Ellie Walton

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This documentary examines what happens when a group of inner-city teens based out of Washington, D.C., are taken to West Virginia for a peace education program. Their lives, of course, are changed dramatically, but how will this experience affect their lives upon returning home?


Community Voice Project – October 26

Community Voice Project LOGODirector Nina Shapiro-Perl


The Community Voice Project of American University has produced 75 films and digital stories. The purpose of these films is to shine a light on stories that are otherwise occasionally overlooked or under-appreciated, as well as bring students and community members together in a meaningful way.


Learn more about the Human Rights Film Series.