ICAR Film Symposium Traces Common Threads among Conflicts

Posted: April 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The Institute for Conflict Analysis (ICAR) invites the university community to a film symposium on Saturday that explores the similarities in conflicts that occur in different parts of the world. The symposium consists of five films and a concluding discussion moderated by Wallace Warfield, associate professor at ICAR. The event will be held in the Johnson Center Cinema from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants may come for all or part of the free program.

“Commonalities in the Midst of Conflict: A Film Symposium by the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR)” is presented by the Africa and the Latin America and Caribbean working groups.

The movies to be presented are:

  • 9 a.m. Children of the Sun, a documentary about how the community of Awas Tingni, Nicaragua, reclaimed their land through the Inter-American Court of Human Rights
  • 10:30 a.m. Cry Freetown, a feature-length film that sheds light on the South African civil war, including the horrific images of Freetown in1999 that have been mostly ignored by the West
  • 12:45 p.m. Brincando El Charco (subtitled), a story that becomes a meditation on class, race, and sexuality, about a Puerto Rican woman who struggles with identity in the United States
  • 1:45 p.m. Dinner for Two, an eight-minute animated film that tells the story of ecology in Africa from the perspective of wildlife
  • 2 p.m. If The Mango Tree Could Speak, a documentary that looks into the world of Guatemalan and Salvadoran children who struggle for survival in a postconflict era

The panel discussion begins at 3 p.m.

Light snacks and coffee will be provided in the morning. For more information, call ICAR at 703-993-1300.

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