Thursday, October 18, 2007

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

OFFScreen is proud to announce that it will be screening a film with the Human Rights Watch Film Festival next month, Nov. 5-15 here at UVa.

The Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival is a collection of films from the London and New York Human Rights Watch Film Festivals and sets out with the hope that these documentaries and feature films will stimulate passionate conversations about human rights and inspire new generations of human rights activists.

In collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Human Rights Film Festival has been displaying controversial viewpoints since 1994.

The Unforeseen
Produced by Robert Redford and Terrence Malick
Directed by Laura Dunn

Laura Dunn’s beautifully crafted documentary, (Executive Producers Terrence Malick and Robert Redford), The Unforeseen, follows the career of Gary Bradley, an ambitious west Texas farm boy who went to Austin and became one of the state’s most powerful real estate developers, capitalizing on Austin’s boomtown growth beginning in the 1970s. At the peak of his powers, Bradley transformed 4000 acres of pristine Hill Country into one of the state's largest and fastest-selling subdivisions. When the development threatened a local treasure, “Barton Springs”—a natural spring-fed swimming hole—the community fought back and the subdivision became a lightning rod for environmental activism of the kind that flourished under Governor Ann Richards. However, when George W. Bush became governor, development laws change, and the water quality at Barton Springs, as well as the surrounding landscape of Austin, was irreversibly altered. The Unforeseen is a powerful meditation on the destruction of the natural world and the American Dream as it falls victim to the cannibalizing forces of unchecked development. It is an intricate tale of personal hopes, victories, and failures, and debates over land, economics, property rights, and the public good.

The film will screen on Wednesday, Nov. 14th in Newcomb Hall Theater, Time is TBA

A different film will screened each night through the course of the festival.
Dates and times are in the process of being confirmed. Please check back for more info over the course of the next few days!


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