Seattle Human Rights Film Festival

Amnesty International proudly presents the 17th Annual Seattle Human Rights Film Festival, from February 4-8, 2009.

The Seattle Human Rights Film Festival (SHRFF) celebrates the invaluable contribution filmmakers offer to raising public awareness and understanding of often overlooked human rights issues.  Since 1992, SHRFF has brought some of the world’s most thought-provoking films to our community, covering critical issues that face us as global citizens.  Through scenes of despair, death and destruction, themes of survival, compassion and hope emerge.

SHRFF films cover a wide range of important human rights topics from across the globe, each with their own unique, compelling stories to tell.  Our film selection and festival goals remain consistent with Amnesty International’s mission to “investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.”

On Sunday afternoon, February 8 at 3:15 pm, catch the screening of “Come Back to Sudan.” Coming home is an emotional journey for everyone.  But for Lado Jurkin and his fellow Sudanese refugees, it’s the journey of their lives. With the signing of peace accords between the North and South Sudanese governments in 2005, now is the time for the country’s first peace in two decades, and its first real chance at building a future.  For Lado, Mabi and Deng, who haven’t seen their villages since they were 8 years old, now is the time to reunite with long lost family and to know the country they left behind.  For their adoptive American mother, a woman they call “Momma Jean”, now is the time to see Africa for the first time, and to see how she can help.  Now is the time to Come Back to Sudan.

Social Justice activist and co-founder of the Southern Sudanese Women’s Assoc., Agnes Oswaha, will speak following the screening. You can read my article about Ms. Oswaha and Harriet Dumba, voices for the Lost Girls of Sudan, at You can also buy tickets for Come Back to Sudan by following this link.

Go to the SHRFF website for tickets and a complete schedule.

Shelley Seale Sig

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