Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Last week's event was a huge success with a good number of attendees, some fantastic snacks, and truly eye-opening films and speakers. We kicked things off with Shine A Light on Human Rights, a short film made by Amnesty International in celebration of their 50th anniversary. We then went right into Defensora o Chiqui, a feature length documentary about a woman fighting for human and indigenous rights in Colombia. This was a particularly moving piece that really highlighted ways in which the political turmoil can and does affect innocent people.
After the intermission, we watched a few short films produced by members of the Multicultural Refugee Coalition, a nonprofit that empowers Austin area refugees through education, employment, and community. There were two guest speakers at the event as well; a refugee from Colombia and a refugee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, both of whom gave inspiring and enlightening talks about their time in Austin and their relationships with the MRC.
We would like to thank the Jewish Community Center, the MRC, the Austin Ballet, Cornucopia, our awesome volunteers, and everyone else who made this event possible. It was great to see everyone come together to learn about and discuss human rights, and I look forward to doing it again.