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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY—The Human Rights Project at Bard College will present screenings of three films on human rights subjects during November and December. The screenings, which will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Mondays in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard, are free and open to the public.

On Monday, November 13, the series begins with The Last Graduation, a documentary that examines educational funding for prison inmates. The film follows the advent of higher education in prison from the aftermath of the 1971 Attica uprising to the last graduation, in 1995, from the Marist College program at Green Haven Correctional Facility. Retired U. S. Senator Howard Metzenbaum calls the film \"A powerful and emotional presentation, proving the value of providing educational opportunities in the prison system.\" The film is directed and produced by Barbara Zahm.

On Monday, December 4, The Murder of Fred Hampton will be shown. Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. This film depicts his brutal murder in 1969 by the Chicago police and its subsequent investigation. It documents his activities in organizing the chapter, his speeches, and the programs for children that he initiated during the last eighteen months of his life. The film is directed by Michael Gray and Howard Alk.

On Monday, December 11, documentary filmmaker Mandy Jacobson will present The Arusha Tapes: Justice After Genocide, a compilation of critical moments from the first five years of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Jacobson is the producer and codirector of the Emmy Award-winning Calling the Ghosts: A Film about Rape, War, and Women and was the associate producer of the PBS documentary Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers, which examines the legacy of apartheid in South America and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports. She is the founder of Bowery Productions.

The Human Rights Project is a multifaceted research and teaching effort that aims to develop a critical discourse on and engagement with the emerging interdisciplinary human rights paradigm. The project pursues, at Bard and elsewhere, innovative scholarly work on the present state of the human rights movement and the human rights paradigm in general.

For further information, call 845-758-7332, e-mail:, or visit the website at

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001