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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

 

Reflections of Standing Rock Panel Discussion

On Friday, November 17, 2017, after the Fargo premiere of the film "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock" at the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival, a group of water protectors reflected on their experiences a year out from the peaceful resistance to the...

Shane Balkowitsch Presentation to Floris White Bull

On Friday, November 17, 2017, after the Fargo premiere of the film "Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock" at the North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival, wet-plate photographer Shane Balkowitsch presented Floris White Bull, "Brave Heart Woman", Hunkpapa Lakota,...

Final Week for the 2017 Human Rights Arts Exhibition

The final week of the 2017 North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival exhibition begins tomorrow at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. Daily viewings are free and open to the public. The exhibition displays the work of over 20 artists that encompass both 2D and...

Directors of “Peacekeeper” Accept 2017 Best Student Film

"Peacekeeper", a documentary short featuring Native Americans from Standing Rock who speak out about the Dakota Access Pipeline, the repetition of history and their roles as water-protectors in a struggle for modern sovereignty, was awarded "Best Student Film" by the...

2017 Pencil and Ink Award Winner Jack Sadat

The Pencil and Ink award winner for the 2017 North Dakota Human Rights Film and Arts Festival was "Pulse" by Jack Sadat. Sadat accepted his award on Saturday, November 18 at the festival's art reception and awards ceremony which took place at the Spirit Room in...

“Oscar Arias: Without a Shot Fired” Director Dawn Gifford Engle Accepts 2017 Best Documentary Feature Award

The story of one man trying to stop the proliferation of weapons, worldwide. The story of former president of Costa Rica and 1987 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Oscar Sanchez Arias. Released at the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo June 18, 2017 followed by a three...

“Sisak” Director Faraz Anrif Ansari Accepts 2017 Best Narrative Short Award

"Sisak", a first-of-its-kind silent LGBTQ film from India, was awarded "Best Narrative Short Film" by the Jury of the 2017 North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival. Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, the film details a...

ND Human Rights Film Festival showcases variety of cultures

The following article was aired and posted online on WDAY on November 15, 2017. You can find the original article online here. By Dominique Brogle FARGO — The first ever North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival will kicks off Wednesday night. It's happening at the...

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...