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ALBA Issues Call for Submissions for Human Rights Documentaries


The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting social activism and the defense of human rights. ALBA’s work is inspired by the brave American volunteers of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade who fought and died fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). The archive's programs include teacher institutes, exhibitions, publications, cultural programs, and an annual award for human rights activism given in partnership with the Puffin Foundation. Drawing on the ALBA collections in New York University’s Tamiment Library, ALBA works to preserve the legacy of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade as an inspiration for present and future generations.

As part of that mission, ALBA has issued a Call for Submissions for Impugning Impunity: the ALBA Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Now in its fifth year, the festival aims to create a community-wide dialogue about justice, equality, and humanity through the presentation of documentaries on human rights issues, post-screening Q&A sessions with the films’ directors, and community talk-backs with human rights advocates and activists.

Films will be accepted for consideration in two categories — Short Films (five to thirty minutes) and Feature Films (thirty minutes to a hundred and twenty minutes).

To be eligible, documentaries must address a human rights-related topic and have been completed after January 1, 2014. In addition, all films must be in English or have English subtitles. Special consideration will be given to young and independent filmmakers.

The festival will take place from October 26 to October 28, 2015, at the Instituto Cervantes in New York City. The members of the jury panel are cinematographer Rachel Anderson; actor, director and founder of Ambulante and Canana Films Gael García Bernal; novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman; documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán; and documentary filmmaker Sam Sills.

Visit the ALBA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: 08-20-2015

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