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:: Spotlight :: 20th United Nations Association Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is delighted to announce its program for the 20th year. In the eleven days UNAFF will present documentaries from October 19-29 2017 spotlighting current events from across the globe including Afghanistan, Australia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Haiti, India, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Korea, Swaziland, Syria, Tunisia, Uganda and the US.

Additional topics include: climate change, GMO labeling, gender testing in female athletes, the circumstances that influence a society to create a political regime capable of committing the most horrifying atrocities in the history of mankind: the Holocaust, human consequences of current US immigration policies, an unconditional basic income,

African immigrants in China, refugees using the power of photography, homelessness, rape as a weapon of war, the last Jews in Baghdad, acid attack victims, the largest prison population in the history of the world currently in America, a doctor’s morality as he participates in executions while personally opposing capital punishment, and stories of women murdered in the name of ‘honor killing' in the Arab and Palestinian society.

This year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.

From October 19-29, the films will be screened in various Bay Area locations: Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto and San Francisco. UNAFF is committed not only to presenting films, but also creating spaces where audience members can engage in ongoing dialogue about the subjects at hand. Free panel discussions will take place during the course of the Festival.

UNAFF’s mission has expanded to broad, year round programs that augment its reach. In addition to the annual film festival, UNAFF organizes panel discussions, initiates programs that engage children, students, seniors, veterans, hosts a traveling festival which keeps the films alive well beyond their initial festival showings and opens its doors to documentary film students and researchers.