Over 50 women and men attended the first Women’s Rights are Human Rights Film Festival Saturday, April 27. Presented by the local Payson Amnesty International group, the documentary film festival highlighted the challenges women and girls face around the globe.
Pressing issues of maternal mortality, media exploitation and misrepresentation, barriers to education, sex and human trafficking and domestic violence were addressed via film and discussion.
Participants also took action through letter writing and petitioning to demand change in the United States and around the world.
Payson Amnesty International local group 1101 would like to thank the following groups and individuals for their generous support of the event: Pastor Javier Olivares Jr. and the Payson United Methodist Church for hosting the event; the Payson United Methodist women for providing refreshments; Ric Hinkie and crew for running the AV end of the production; the Zane Grey Soroptimist Club for their generous support and woman power and the event; the Mogollon Health Alliance for advertising assistance and Postnet for their patience and support of our printing needs.
But most of all, thanks to all of you who attended the festival and who have expressed an interest in keeping the awareness of human rights violations of women and girls in the spotlight. Payson Amnesty International has created a lending film library that includes the full length, award-winning documentary films “MissRepresentation,” “Half the Sky” and “No Mama No Cry,” as well as a number of short documentary clips. Our hope is that the Film Festival will encourage other community organizations, schools and youth groups to view and present these films in their entirety.
Payson Amnesty International meets the third Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Rim Country Literacy Program building, located 1001 S. Beeline Highway, behind the Knotty Pine Cafe.
If you are interested in viewing the films, or in joining Payson Amnesty International in its mission to support human rights for all people, call Penny at (928) 978-1268.
Payson Amnesty International Group 1101