The third annual Santa Barbara Human Rights Film Festival returns tonight, bringing to campus a selection of award-winning films centered on global issues.
The festival in Campbell Hall runs tonight until Thursday, May 29. Six films will be shown throughout the three-night event, with two films screened per evening at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through UCSB Arts & Lectures for $10 for general admission and $8 for UCSB students, while festival passes are $20 for the general public and $16 for students.
Night one begins with the 2007 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or winner, “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” which revolves around the discoveries of two college roommates in Romania who arrange for an illegal abortion.
“The Violin,” which tells the story of a Mexican farmer and musician recovering hidden weapons for a peasant guerrilla movement, will show at 9 p.m.
The lineup for night two includes the Oscar-winning documentary “Taxi to the Dark Side,” which investigates the death of an Afghani taxi driver at Bagram Air Base in 2002. The film will be followed by “HotHouse,” the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, which examines high-security prisons in Israel.
The final evening will begin with the Oscar-nominated animated film “Persepolis,” which traces the life of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic revolution. The festival’s closing film is “War/Dance,” an Oscar-nominated documentary, tracking three children who embark on a journey to compete in a music festival in war-torn Northern Uganda.
For information and ticket sales, contact UCSB Arts & Lectures at (805) 893-3535 or visit the A&L Web site.