JFMC Human Rights Film Series

James Farmer Multicultural Center
Human Rights Film Series 2020-2021


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.   The Human Rights Film Series features films and documentaries dealing with issues and topics such as the rights of undocumented immigrants, the struggles of indigenous peoples to reclaim their cultures, and the crucial and significant role women played during the Civil Rights Movement.  This year, the Human Rights Film Series focuses on protests and movements in different communities.

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.

The Latino Americans:  Prejudice & Pride

Monday, September 28  |  5:00 pm  |  Zoom (Registration Required)

Details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farmworkers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.  Register here for the Human Rights Film Series: The Latino Americans.

Awake:  A Dream from Standing Rock

Tuesday, November 17  |  5:00  pm  | Zoom (Registration Required)

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.  Register here for the Human Rights Film Series: Awake.

John Lewis:  Good Trouble

Monday, February 17 |  5:00 p.m.  |  Zoom (Registration Required)

An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism — from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood at the front lines in the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He never lost the spirit of the “boy from Troy” and called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.

Attendees are encouraged to watch the documentary in advance of the film discussion, although this is not required.

Register here for the Human Rights Film Series:  Good Trouble.

The Women’s March

Thursday, March 4  |  5:00 pm  |  Zoom (Registration Required)

On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women marched on Washington, DC. The same day, hundreds of sister marches took place across the country and around the world. For some, it was their first time marching, for others, the continuation of a decades-long fight for human rights, dignity, and justice. For all, it was an opportunity to make their voices heard.  It was the largest one-day protest in American history.  Register here for the Human Rights Film Series:  The Women’s March.

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.