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Film Festival Schedule

The full festival schedule is now avilable online. Click here view or download a PDF version of the schedule.

Art Festival

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival is currently displayed at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. Click here to learn more about the artists who have work displayed.

Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired

Our opening night film on Wednesday, November 15, is the story of a tiny country that made a decision to do something that no other country had ever done —  to abolish its army and declare peace to the world.

Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab

Our opening night film on Thursday, November 16, explores the plight of long-term refugees through a glimpse into the lives of those living in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps. We see the camp’s inner workings through one man’s journey to do everything in his power to provide for his family.

Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock

Our opening night film on Friday, November 17, follows the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota as they captured the world’s attention through their peaceful resistance against the U.S. government’s plan to construct an oil pipeline through their land.

The mission of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is to educate, engage, and facilitate discussion around local and world-wide human rights topics through the work of filmmakers and artist. 2017 is the inaugural year for both festivals.

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will take place November 15, 16 and 17, 2017, at the Fargo Theater in Fargo, North Dakota. The festival encourages filmmakers who have produced documentary, narrative or experimental films that engage human rights related topics or themes to submit their work to the festival.

The North Dakota Human Rights Arts Festival will be exhibited November 13, 2017 through January 4, 2018 at the Spirit Room in Fargo, North Dakota. A public reception and awards ceremony will be held at The Spirit Room on Saturday, November 18 from 5 to 7.

FESTIVAL UPDATES

Interview with filmmaker Faraz Mariam Arif Ansari

“ S i s a k,” written, directed and produced by Faraz Mariam Arif Ansari, is a one-of-a-kind love story set in the environs of the Mumbai, India, local train system. The silent short says more without words than it ever could with them. “People need to feel what you...

North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival Spotlights Local Artists Pushing for Positive Change

The following article was aired and posted online on KVRR on November 14, 2017. You can find the original article online here. By Jessie Cohen FARGO, ND — The first North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival is happening in Fargo. Local artists have the chance...

Interview with filmmaker Ishwari Rajak

Ishwari Rajak has already changed one man’s perspective on menstruation. She’s hoping her documentary short, “The Invisible War on Blood,” will change many more. We think it will. We’re showing “The Invisible War on Blood” at the film festival tomorrow night (with...

Interview with filmmaker Dan Goldes

The North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival opens on Wednesday night with director Dan Goldes’ film “Arrested (Again).” The documentary short tells the story of Karen Topakian, longtime activist who’s been arrested dozens of times for nonviolent civil disobedience. We...

Barry Nelson joins Human Rights Accessibility Panel Discussion

Barry Nelson, community organizer for the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and member of the Fargo Human Relations Commission, will join the panel discussion "How to Access Human Rights in North Dakota and Minnesota" on Wednesday, November 15, at The Fargo Theatre...

First ND Human Rights Film and Arts Festival opens today

The following article was published in print in the Forum, and online in the InForum on November 13, 2017. You can find the original article online here. By Chelsey Engelhard Ewen, The Arts Partnership "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights....

Michelle Kommer joins Human Rights Accessibility Panel Discussion

Michelle Kommer, Labor Commissioner for the North Dakota Department of Labor and Human Rights, will join the panel discussion "How to Access Human Rights in North Dakota and Minnesota" on Wednesday, November 15, at The Fargo Theatre during the North Dakota Human...

Spiritual Leaders to open Festival

FARGO, N.D. (November 14, 2017) – As part of the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival’s mission to educate and embrace cultural differences, each evening of the film festival at the historic Fargo Theater will begin with a prayer of peace, inspiration and...

Week of human rights events to begin Monday

The following article was published in print and online in the InForum on November 11, 2017. You can find the original article online here. The article was also published on the West Fargo Pioneer on the same day, and can be found online here. By Form Staff Reports...

Friday Night’s Screenings Sold Out

We're excited to share that Friday night's screening of "Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock" with the panel discussion "Reflections of Standing Rock" is sold out! “Awake” documents the peaceful resistance of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Dakota Access Pipeline,...