So, I’m way behind, and the Seattle Human Rights Film Festival (SHRFF) is almost here. Our local Amnesty International group has been putting on the festival for 17 years, and after the closing of the AIUSA film festival office a few years ago, it’s entirely a local volunteer produced festival. Selecting films, talking to film makers, getting sponsors, the website (www.shrff.org), selling tickets. . .
We start out tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4, 7 pm with One Water, at Foege Auditorium at the University of Washington, in partnership with the UW Global Health Resource Center. One Water “highlights a world where water is exquisitely abundant in some places and dangerously lacking in others.”
Our official opening night, at the Cinerama, is Thursday, February 5, 7 pm with In Prison My Whole Life, which about the investigation into Mumia Abu Jamal’s case by a young man born on the day Mumia was arrested.
Following up on the death penalty abolition theme is our first film Friday night (Feb. 6, 7 pm), At the Death House Door,as we move the festival over to the Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill. At the Death House Door is a very thought provoking film about a death row minister, Pastor Carroll Pickett, originally in favor of the death penalty, who turns against it based on his experience escorting men to die.
Letter to Anna follows at 9 pm Friday, about the still unsolved murder of a Russian journalist, known for her reporting on Chechnya, Anna Politkovskaja. She was shot in the elevator of her building on the day she learned she was going to become a grandmother.
Coming next – Saturday and Sunday’s films!
Full schedule online at: http://www.shrff.org