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November 2019

San Diego Asian Film Festival Presents: Geographies of Kinship

November 16, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The 20th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival presents: Geographies of Kinship (2019) Amidst the buzz around South Korea’s miracle recovery as one of the Asian tiger economies and its hosting of the 1988 Olympics, a newspaper published a headline that read “Babies for Sale: Koreans Make Them, Americans Buy Them.” It’s only a cursory glance into the decades-long phenomena that saw a post-war fledgling nation filled with war orphans transform into an economic powerhouse and the largest adoption “sending country”…

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Presents: Saving Face

November 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The 20th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival presents: Saving Face (2004) Saving Face is the unlikely Chinese American, lesbian rom-com crossover success no one saw coming. In 2004, any one of these bullet points might have spelled disaster. And yet somehow, Alice Wu’s first film survived intact–from a script written while a software engineer, to landing Will Smith as a producer, refusing Hollywood pressure for white leads, playing Sundance, and receiving distribution, an embrace by Best Lesbian Films lists, and a…

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December 2019

SD Italian Film Festival Presents: La Befana Vien di Notte

December 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: La Befana Vien di Notte Directed by Michele Soavi | 98 minutes During the day, Paola is an ordinary primary school teacher, but at night, she turns into… the Christmas Witch (la Befana), a magical creature who brings gifts to good children. One night, Paola disappears, kidnapped by Mr. Johnny, a cruel toy maker whose childhood was ruined by the witch and is now seeking revenge. A group of six brave students who…

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January 2020

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

January 30 @ 8:00 am - February 1 @ 5:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020 The Museum of Photographic Arts hosts the 2020 San Diego Human Rights Watch Film Festival from January 30 to February 1. In the presentation of these five powerful films and discussions, we aim to shine a spotlight on individuals standing up, pushing back and bravely defending the human rights of all people. Attendees bear witness human rights violations at screenings in direct storytelling, which are complemented with a local or broader narrative at post-screening…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Gay Chorus Deep South

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South. Over 300 singers traveled from Mississippi to Tennessee through the Carolinas and over the bridge in Selma, Alabama. They performed in churches, community centers, and concert halls in hopes of uniting people in a divisive period.  The journey also challenges Tim and other choir members who…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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“In citizen journalism…trust is generated not by the brand name or the glory of the institution, it’s generated through transparency.“ – Jay Rosen, film subject, Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World Bellingcat – Truth in a Post-Truth World follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat, dedicated to redefining breaking news by exploring the promise of open source investigation. This highly skilled and controversial collective exposes the truth behind global news stories – from…

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February 2020

Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Slay the Dragon

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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As the country turns its eyes and leaps into action ahead of the upcoming 2020 US election - record numbers of people are registering to vote. Wide-scale civic participation from every community is crucial to a healthy democracy. With this in mind, lawmakers are employing tactics to give their candidates the advantage - in many cases, all but ensuring a victory for their side - even without gaining the highest number of votes. Drawing district lines to lock in a…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: Love Child

February 1 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Love Child offers a poignant portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who, outlawed for their love, flee the country with their 4-year-old son, Mani. In Tehran, they committed the crime of having a secret affair while being married to other people and were forbidden to get divorced. Neither could acknowledge that Mani was an illegitimate child since adultery can be punished with execution in Iran. Intimately filmed over five years, we follow their quest to be together, battling…

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival Presents: True Justice – Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality

February 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Bryan Stevenson’s experience with the criminal justice system was that it “treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” In the last fifty years, the United States has become the nation with the highest rate of incarceration in the world, authorized the execution of hundreds of condemned prisoners and continued to struggle to recover from a long history of racial injustice. For more than three decades, Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the…

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Presents: L’Ospite (The Guest)

February 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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$8 – $12

The San Diego Italian Film Festival presents: L'Ospite (The Guest) Directed by Duccio Chiarini | 96 minutes After a sudden crisis with his girlfriend, Chiara, 38-year-old Guido ends up sleeping on the couches of his family and friends. As he starts witnessing other people’s lives from a different perspective, he discovers aspects of relationships that he never noticed before. This brilliant movie slowly morphs from a comedy into an affecting melodrama that charts the difficulties of a generation less interested…

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