JFMC Human Rights Film Series

James Farmer Multicultural Center
Human Rights Film Series 2021-2022


As part of our ongoing commitment to social justice and honoring the legacy of Dr. James Farmer, the James Farmer Multicultural Center proudly presents the Human Rights Film Series. This year, the Human Rights Film Series will focus on laws, policies, and the criminal justice system. Follow us as we discuss human rights through the lens of historic court cases, current affairs, and the role that law has in the human rights in the United States.

All film screenings will be free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or via email at umwjfmc@gmail.com.

Church & State

Thursday, October 7  |  6:00 pm  |  Colonnade Room, University Center

An inexperienced gay activist joins forces with a tiny Salt Lake City law firm to try and topple Utah’s ban on gay marriage. The lawsuit soon paves the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalizes same-sex unions nationwide.

America Divided:  Who Controls the Land?

Thursday, November 4 |  6:00  pm  | Colonnade Room, University Center

Native American actor Martin Sensmeier travels to San Juan County, Utah, to investigate the controversy over the Bears Ears National Monument; while there, he uncovers the decades of struggle for equality by the county’s native citizens.

The Vanishing Trial

Wednesday, February 16 |  6:00 pm |  Colonnade Room, University Center

“The Vanishing Trial” focuses on four individuals who were forced to make that excruciating choice. Each was threatened with a “trial penalty,” the term used to describe the substantially longer prison sentence a person receives if they exercise their constitutional right to trial instead of pleading guilty. We see how the trial penalty has led to the shocking disappearance of one of the most fundamental individual rights and the explosion in America’s prison population.

Waging Change

Tuesday, March 8 | 6:00 pm  |  Capital Room, University Center

WAGING CHANGE shines a light on an American struggle hidden in plain sight: the women-led movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers, with a special section on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or umwjfmc@gmail.com  Visit students.umw.edu/multicultural 

Please email us at umwjfmc@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.