Ninth Annual UNC Asheville Human Rights Film Festival Opens January 27

UNC Asheville’s Amnesty International Student Chapter will hold its ninth annual Human Rights Film Festival January 27-31. Five films will be shown at 7 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith University Union. The festival is free and open to the public.

The 2014 Human Rights Film Festival lineup is:

Monday, Jan. 27—Born This Way—with intimate access to the lives of four young gay Cameroonians, this film offers a vivid and poetic portrait of day-to-day life in the nation that leads the world in arrests for homosexuality.

Tuesday, Jan. 28—Camp 14: Total Control Zone—a portrait of a young man who was born in and grew up in a brutal North Korean jail as the son of political prisoners, yet still found the will to escape.

Wednesday, Jan. 29— Rafea: Solar Mama— overcoming her husband’s objections and traditions that bar female leadership, a woman living in one of Jordan's poorest desert villages joins 30 illiterate women from different countries at the Barefoot College in India who train to become solar engineers over the course of six months.

Thursday, Jan. 30—In the Shadow of the Sun—filmed over six years, this film tells the story of two men with albinism in Tanzania pursuing their dreams in the face of virulent prejudice.

Friday, Jan. 31—An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story— a documentary chronicling the wrongful conviction of Michael Morton for the brutal murder of his wife in 1986, and the team of attorneys who spent years fighting for the right to test DNA evidence found at the murder scene.

All films will screen in Highsmith University Union Grotto, except Rafea: Solar Mama, which will screen in Highsmith University Union, Alumni Hall. For more information, contact Mark Gibney, Belk Distinguished Professor of Political Science, at or 828.250.3870.