Aperture Cinema - Winston Salem, NC | Human Rights a/ mini-fest
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Human Rights a/ mini-fest

About This Project

We are bringing the film series we were excited to launch in May ONLINE! Four great films to highlight issues of human rights struggles in the United States and around the world. Four films that challenge, provoke and that call for justice and social change.

all films will open May 8 in virtual cinema!



Mossville: When Great Trees Fall 

Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds. Many residents are forced from their homes, and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land – and his community. Not rated, 76 minutes





A Regular Woman

Aynur is shot to death by her brother Nuri on a busy street in Berlin. Without suspecting anything, she accompanies him to the bus stop down the road, while her five-year-old son Can is asleep in her apartment only a few hundred miles away. How could this happen, what led to this deed? In A REGULAR WOMAN, Aynur is telling her own story, her perspective of what happened. It is the story of a con dent young woman who loves life and knows exactly how she wants to live hers. A woman who escapes the violence of her marriage and refuses to let her brothers and parents dictate what she can and cannot do. The film is based on the story of Hatun Aynur Sürücü, whose murder caused an outcry in 2005 and the witness is still in the witness protection program to this day. Not rated, 92 minutes


Angels Are Made of Light

Filmed throughout three years, Angels Are Made of Light follows students and teachers at a school in an old neighborhood of Kabul that is slowly rebuilding from past conflicts. Interweaving the modern history of Afghanistan with present-day portraits, the film offers an intimate and nuanced vision of a society living in the shadow of war. Not rated, 117 minutes





Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Detainees from the detention center on Christmas Island recount their stories to a trauma therapist who attempts to advocate their cause. Covering the ancient traditions of humans and animals on the island, and the many secrets that will never be known in the jungle, the movement of both species is examined as they attempt to survive. Not rated, 94 minutes