United Nations Association of New York
Human Rights Watch







The Film Society of Lincoln Center
Walter Reade Theater
165 West 65th Street, upper level (bet. Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY

Special Admission for UNA-NY Members:
$9 per screening

United Nations Association of New York is pleased to
partner with the 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to New York and The Film Society of Lincoln Center with a powerful international program for its 2012 edition. This year UNA-NY will be sponsoring three films in the festival — Brother Number One, Color of the Ocean and Salaam Dunk — and discounted tickets to these films, as well as all the festival screenings, are available to UNA-NY members. Please use the links below the film descriptions to purchase tickets.

NOTE: To obtain UNA-NY Member discounts for these films, please bring a printout of this email to the Film Society/Walter Reade Theater box office to redeem an online order or to purchase your discounted tickets for the screening. The online discount is available for BROTHER NUMBER ONE, COLOR OF THE OCEAN and SALAAM DUNK by selecting "Affiliate" from the ticket menu. Limit 2 discount tickets per person, subject to availability.

(New York premiere)

Saturday, June 16 | 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 | 6:45 p.m.
Monday, June 18 | 4 p.m.

With plenty of pop music and "girl power," Salaam Dunk delivers a tale of hope and inspiration, courtesy of one winning group of Iraqi women basketball players at the American University in Sulaimani, Iraq. The women come from all over the country to attend this prestigious university, but many cannot tell family back home that they go to an "American" college. The team itself is a "mini Iraq," comprised of Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, and Christians.

Through interviews and personal video diaries, we learn about the women, their families and their experiences since the U.S. invasion in 2003. Their narratives provide a rare look at recent events in Iraq with stories of loss and choices made. Education is the difference between the past and the future for these women and basketball becomes a key part of that education. Their team is like a family and the game is like life. As their coach Ryan says: sports teach fight and resilience. And who knows fight and resilience better than these women?

Filmmaker David Fine will appear at the June 16 and 17 screenings. Presented in partnership with Equality Now and Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

(New York premiere)

Tuesday, June 19 | 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 | 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 | 6:30 p.m.

Through New Zealander Rob Hamill's story of his brother's death at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, Brother Number One explores how the regime and its followers killed nearly two million Cambodians between 1975 and 1979.

In 1978, Kerry Hamill and two friends disappeared without a trace while sailing from Australia to Southeast Asia. Rob discovers that a Khmer Rouge cell attacked the boat. One sailor, Canadian Stuart Glass, was shot immediately, but Kerry and Englishman John Dewhirst were taken to the notorious S-21 Prison in Phnom Penh, held for several months, tortured and killed.

Thirty years later, Kerry's youngest brother Rob has a rare chance to take the stand as a witness at the Cambodia War Crimes Tribunal and face Comrade Duch, the man who gave the final orders for Kerry and thousands of others to be tortured and killed. As Rob retraces his brother's final days, he meets survivors who tell the story of the S-21 prison and of what countless families across Cambodia experienced at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. In this spirit, Brother Number One grapples with the trauma that grips all Cambodia: the struggle to forgive in the face of immeasurable anger.

All screenings will be followed by discussion with filmmaker Annie Goldson and film subject Rob Hamill. Presented in partnership with Amnesty International USA, New York Women in Film & Television and Human Rights Watch Film Festival.


Saturday, June 23 | 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 | 4 p.m.

Color of the Ocean tells the story of two refugees whose paths collide with those of an altruistic tourist and a Canary Island police officer—changing the course of all their lives.

After years working as a border patrolman, José (Alex González) is cynical about his work. His skepticism is tested when he encounters Nathalie (Sabine Timoteo), a German tourist assisting a boatload of refugees she discovers landing on the Canary shores. One of those refugees, a Congolese man named Zola (Hubert Koundé), is placed in an internment camp. Nathalie tries to help him, despite her husband's objections.

But Zola and his son Mamadou quickly find themselves in yet another precarious situation, where they are dependent on nefarious smugglers. Questions involving responsibility repeatedly arise and haunt all concerned as they grapple with the knowledge they cannot know for certain if their actions will make matters better or worse. Discover why Color of the Ocean has been called "immensely impressive" and "thought-provoking material, delivered with mature composure."

Presented in partnership with Refugees International and Human Rights Watch Film Festival.