Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Blog

From May 14th – 17th, the American Islamic Congress will once again host the DC International Human Rights Film Festival to show and discuss films on pressing social and civic issues from around the globe. Initially founded as the DC Muslim Film Festival, the event has expanded into one that offers annual free film screenings on human rights topics from countries and communities the world over. The goal of the festival is to “highlight international human rights issues and build understanding between cultures, exposing audiences to under-reported human rights challenges and underscore the universality of individual rights.”

This year’s films address topics such as terrorism, women’s rights, censorship, political repression, and multiculturalism. A unique feature of the festival is that viewers are invited to stay for a reception after the each film, so that they may discuss the human rights issues addressed in the screenings over free snacks and beverages. For a list and description of the individual films, as well as to register for specific screenings, visit the American Islamic Congress’s site here.

Screenings take place at 6:00 pm each evening from the 14th to the 17th at the West End Cinema, located at 2301 M St. NW. All screenings are free and open to the public, so bring your friends to enjoy and be challenged by this year’s fascinating selection of films.

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