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October 23, 2014 – November 6, 2014

While cinema provides entertainment and escape, for many committed filmmakers and viewers it is a vital medium of engagement and a powerful tool for social action. Tackling wide-ranging, thought-provoking issues, activist filmmakers help deepen our awareness of injustice and the values of dignity and equality as they tell universal stories of struggle and triumph. We hope these informative and inspirational films will broaden understanding and stimulate involvement as they reveal hearts and minds focused on challenges that touch us all. Our thanks go to the Human Rights Watch Film Festivals in London and New York for their showcasing and circulating of works of vitally engaged filmmakers, and KBOO Community Radio for their media sponsorship.

A Quiet Inquisition

Directed by Alessandra Zeka, Holen Sabrina Kahn

At a public hospital in Nicaragua, OBGYN Dr. Carla Cerrato must choose between following a law that bans all abortions

Big Men

Directed by Rachel Boynton

A cautionary tale about the toll of American oil investment in West Africa, Big Men reveals the secretive worlds of


Directed by Ross Kauffman, Katy Chevigny

When atrocities are committed in countries held hostage by ruthless dictators, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team),

Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me

Directed by Halo Matabane

Khalo Matabane was an idealistic teenager with fanciful ideas about a post-apartheid era of freedom and justice when the great

Private Violence

Directed by Cynthia Hill

Private Violence explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America

Return to Homs

Directed by Tall Derki

Return to Homs provides an intimate portrait of young revolutionaries in western Syria who dream of freeing their country from President

Seeds of Hope

Directed by Fiona Lloyd-Davies

In a region known as the most dangerous place in the world for women, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, one

Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars

Directed by Berit Madsen

Sepideh is a young Iranian woman who dares to dream—of a future as an astronaut. At night, she stares up

Watchers of the Sky

Directed by Edet Belzberg

Interweaving four stories of remarkable courage, compassion, and determination, Watchers of the Sky uncovers the forgotten life of Raphael Lemkin—the

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.