The UCLA International Institute is proud to present the fifth annual Human Rights Film Series, featuring monthly presentations of recent films on human rights issues. Each screening will be followed by commentary from filmmakers and scholars, and will provide a unique opportunity for public discussion about the issues. The screenings are free of charge and open to the public.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

"Memory of Forgotten War" introduces audiences to the lived experience and legacies of the Korean War, as four Korean American war survivors share deeply personal accounts of events preceding, during, and following the fighting.


"The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger" follows a group ofinternational adoptees and other women of the Korean Diaspora in their 20s and 30s. It explores the ways in which trauma is passed on from previous generations to the present through a sense of being haunted.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reception at 6:30pm, Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

"Putin's Kiss" portrays contemporary life in Russia through the story of Masha, an ambitious 19 year-old girl who is a member of Nashi, a political youth organization connected with the Kremlin. She quickly rises to the top of Nashi, but begins to question her involvement when a dissident journalist whom she has befriended is savagely attacked.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Reception at 6pm, Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

“Into the Niger Delta” is a documentary film based on the experiences of seven diverse Americans as they travel to the Niger Delta region of Nigeria to witness firsthand the environmental devastation and social unrest caused by catastrophic oil spills.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

"Alias Ruby Blade" is the story of Kirsty Sword Gusmão - a distinguished human rights activist and former First Lady of Timor-Leste (East Timor). It is a powerful behind-the-scenes chronicle of the birth and formation of a new independent nation after decades of struggle.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

"Moñsenor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero" is a timely and compelling portrait of Monseñor Óscar Romero, the brave soul who dared to defend the oppressed and disenfranchised people of El Salvador in the late 1970s, and paid the ultimate price for standing up to a repressive government.

Monday, April 29th

Screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish community is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four children. One day, he meets Ezri, a handsome twenty-two year old student, and soon falls in love with him. He then starts to neglect his family and community life, swept away by his love and lust for Ezri. But guilt, torment and pressure from the community will catch up with him, leading him to make a radical decision.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Reception at 6:30pm, screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

An unprecedented look at Ai Weiwei and those close to him, capturing the controversial artist’s forthrightness and unequivocal stance against China’s various forms of oppression.

Wednesday, February 13, 2012

Reception at 6:30, screening at 7pm

James Bridges Theater

"The Unreturned" examines the impact of the 4.7 million Iraqis that have fled the country in the wake of the US-led invasion. It is the story of five middle-class Iraqi refugees caught in an absurdist purgatory of endless bureaucracy, dwindling life savings, and forced idleness.


The James Bridges Theater is situated in an elegant, comfortable setting on the northeast corner of the UCLA campus in Westwood, adjacent to the beautiful Broad Art Complex and the famous Murphy Sculpture Garden. The main screening venue of the UCLA Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, the state of the art James Bridges Theater is an elegant, comfortable setting that enhances media presentations in a wide variety of film and video formats. Named in honor of film director James Bridges ("The China Syndrome"), the theater became one of the outstanding screening venues in Southern California, due to the generous support of the filmmaker’s partner, actor Jack Larson, and the Bridges/Larson Foundation.


Parking is available in Parking Structure 3 next to the Theater.

From Hilgard Ave. enter the east side of campus at Wyton Dr. Make an immediate right turn onto Charles E. Young Dr. East and signs will direct you to Parking Structure 3.

From the ground level of Structure 3, enter the underpass (or from the street level cross Charles E. Young Dr. North and proceed down steps) and walk straight alongside Melnitz and Macgowan Halls. Turn left at the plaza and proceed to the courtyard of theaters.

Free parking is available on Loring Avenue (south of Sunset Blvd, east of Hilgard Avenue at Charing Cross Road) after 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.

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The International Human Rights Film Series appreciates UCLA's institutional support and the generous donation of Charles Silberstein, which made the 2012-2013 program possible.