International Documentary Film Series
Meet three courageous people in three riveting films at the 7th Annual International Documentary Film Series. All films are on Mondays at 7pm.
Student or IRC Volunteer Tickets
Online tickets available through our secure checkout page. Please purchase online tickets by 3:30pm on the day of the film. You may also purchase tickets at the door.
The International Documentary Film Series will be held at La Jolla Village Cinemas (Landmark) at 8879 Villa La Jolla Drive (near 5 fwy and Nobel).
The International Documentary Film Series is a benefit for the IRC in San Diego. Thanks to a generous sponsor, 100% of ticket sales will go to the IRC in San Diego.
Ala'a, a 19-year-old student in Chicago becomes involved in Syrian protests from her childhood bedroom using social media, Skype, and camera phones. What began as peaceful protests escalated into violence. This film follows Ala'a and her Syrian friends as they present footage to the world about what is going on in Syria.
Speaker: Ala'a Basatneh
Currently a college student, Ala'a Basatneh has accomplished things way beyond her years as you will see in #ChicagoGirl. She is majoring in Political Science and will graduate in December 2015. She is a Syrian American and is very proud of her culture and past, even teaching Arabic at a local community center. Her ultimate goal is to build a bridge between the Arab world and the United States.
For her work to help Syrians, she was named a Human Rights Hero of 2014 by Amnesty International.
The Defector - Escape from North Korea
Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7pm
Would you risk your life for freedom? Dragan is a human smuggler who leads North Korean defectors across borders for a living. Filmed undercover, this film follows Dragan and three defectors on a perilous journey and explores universal questions about human rights, smuggling, and the pursuit of freedom.
Speaker: Professor Stephan Haggard
Stephan Haggard, Ph.D., is the Director of the Korea-Pacific Program and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego.
Professor Haggard has written extensively on the political economy of North Korea with Marcus Noland, including Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (2007) and Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (2011). Haggard is the co-author of the North Korea: Witness to Transformation blog at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Professor Haggard is the editor of the Journal of East Asian Studies and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Omo Child - The River and the Bush
Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7pm
Omo Child: The River and the Bush is a documentary film which tells the amazing true story of a young man’s journey to end the ancient practice known as Mingi in the Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Mingi means curse and any child who is thought to be Mingi must be killed according to ancient cultural traditions. Lale Labuko, from the Kara tribe, was convinced that no curse existed and he set out to change his tribe and the Omo Valley and in doing so lifting a burden from the shoulder’s of the Kara people. This film follows Lale over a five year period as he returns to his village and attempts to end this practice.
Speakers: Lale Labuko and John Rowe (Director)
Bios coming soon.
These films represent the views of contributing documentary filmmakers and do not represent formal positions of the International Rescue Committee.