Laissez-Faire | In Love & Free Trade

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival ’08
June 25, 2008, 2:38 pm
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Revisiting Lincoln Center within the past week has been educational in ways, short of real experience, reaffirms the evocative power of film. The sheer enormity of suffering throughout the world is unfathomable, yet life goes on and as it continues, fleshes away some of history’s bloody spatter. Although the naivete of new generations demonstrates humankind’s resiliency to history’s tragedies, it’s important to not forget those historic lessons, lest they happen again.

“Traces of the Trade” – a member of a prominent family in New England traces her roots back to largest slave trade in history.

“A Promise to the Dead” – former cultural advisor to Chile’s President Allende recounts his experiences during the holocaustic revolution of September 11, 1973.

Regrettably, I didn’t get a chance to see “China’s Stolen Children” – about child-trafficking in China and the difficult circumstances created by the country’s one-child policy.

However, looking forward to catching “Letter to Anna” as the festival closes this Thursday. The film is about the organized murder of Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Human Rights Watch International Film Festival website