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February 2020

Documentary MIDNIGHT FAMILY with Director Luke Lorentzen

February 12, 2020 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

MIDNIGHT FAMILY (81 min) In Mexico City, the government operates fewer than 45 emergency ambulances for a population of 9 million. This has spawned an underground industry of for-profit ambulances often run by people with little or no training or certification. An exception in this ethically fraught, cutthroat industry, the Ochoa family struggles to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police pushes the family into greater hardship, they face increasing…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary THIS BEING HUMAN

February 14, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Camera as Witness – Stanford Arts presents SCALES OF JUSTICE series copresented with Doctors Without Borders Stanford Chapter and Stanford Film Society screenng and discussion with young student refugee from Iraq THIS BEING HUMAN(13 min) Iraq/US Director: Aimie Vallat, Guido Ronge Producer: Aimie Vallat  A modern hero’s journey; a child of war runs the race of his life, for days cross-country, and knocks on the door of refuge. Supplicating for entrance, and turned-away twice in Turkey, finally, Hameed is granted…

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Dance Master Class | Body Eclectic: The Poly-Cultural Contemporary in Movement Practice

February 29, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Open to All enrolled Stanford student dancers, all styles, all levels. Come Dressed to Move.  To hold a spot, email: dfrank1@stanford.edu Stanford campus and community members welcome to observe from the studio balcony.   Body Eclectic: The Poly-Cultural Contemporary in Movement Practice is a dance workshop that places three distinct movement disciplines — house dance, capoeira, and contemporary release technique — into a direct dialogue with one another. Through physical investigations of each form and culminating phrase material that embodies all three, participants…

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March 2020

CAW Presents documentary Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring About Sex, Lies and Global Economics

March 4, 2020 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Camera as Witness-Stanford Arts presents SCALES OF JUSTICE series co-presented with Bechtel International Center, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford Film Society, Stanford Women in Finance, Stanford Women in Politics and Stanford in Government In celebration of International Women’s Day screening of the documentray Who’s Counting? Marilyn Waring About Sex, Lies and Global Economics Director: Terre Nash Producers: Kent Martin, National Film Board of Canada(94 minutes) CanadaWith irony and intelligence Marilyn Waring demystifies the language of economics by defining it…

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April 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentary WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE

April 29, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY series co-presented with the Trancos Equity & Social Justice Initiative and Stanford Film Society  What’s On Your Plate?75′ (USA)Director:  Catherine GundProducers:  Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratna What’s On Your Plate? is a witty, provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two 11-year-old African-American city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers and…

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May 2020

A CONCERNED CITIZEN: Documentary Screening and Discussion

May 18, 2020 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bechtel International Center, Camera As Witness Program – Stanford Arts Program present PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY series Co-presented with Stanford Film Society A Concerned Citizen Director/Producer: Bo Boudart  (40 min) US A documentary about Dr. Riki Ott, the whistleblower who predicted the Exxon Valdez oil spill hours before it happened. A toxicologist, author, and activist, Riki has been organizing Gulf Coast communities as they try to recover from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster, as well as helping spearhead a campaign…

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July 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentary UNSEEN ENEMY

July 30, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts presents the series PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY  co-presented with Palo Alto Libraries, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society and Stanford Medical School Medicine and Muse Moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF Virtual event, screening and Zoom panel discussion with filmmakers, subjects of the film and experts UNSEEN ENEMY (90 min) Brazil/Cambodia/China/Congo/Germany/Liberia/Sierra Leone/Singapore/Switzerland/Thailand/UK/US Director: Janet TobiasProducers: Rogger Lopez,…

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August 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentary SURVIVORS

August 6, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts presents the series PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY  co-presented with Palo Alto Libraries, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society and Stanford Medical School Medicine and Muse Moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF Virtual event, screening and Zoom panel discussion with filmmakers, subjects of the film and experts. SURVIVORS(82 min) Sierra Leone/US Directors: Arthur Pratt, Banker White, Anna Fitch,…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary RESISTANCE FIGHTERS – THE GLOBAL ANTIBIOTICS CRISIS

August 13, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts presents the series PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY  co-presented with Palo Alto Libraries, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society and Stanford Medical School Medicine and Muse Moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF Virtual event, screening and Zoom panel discussion with filmmakers, subjects of the film and experts. RESISTANCE FIGHTERS – THE GLOBAL ANTIBIOTICS CRISIS(100 min) Germany/US/India Director/Producer: Michael…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary THE GENIUS OF MARIAN

August 20, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Program – Stanford Arts presents the series PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY  co-presented with Palo Alto Libraries, Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Film Society and Stanford Medical School Medicine and Muse Moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program Director and Founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF Virtual event, screening and Zoom panel discussion with filmmakers, subjects of the film and experts. THE GENIUS OF MARIAN(85 min) USA Directors/Producers: Banker White, Anna Fitch…

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September 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentary CAPTURING GRACE

September 24, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY series co-presented with the Stanford Medical School Medicine and Muse, Stanford Film Society and Palo Alto Libraries Capturing Grace(61 min) US     Director/Producer: Dave IversonIt seems like two disparate realms—one occupied by some of the most acclaimed dancers in the world, people who move for a living, the other occupied by people who often struggle to move, people who have Parkinson’s disease. We followed individuals with Parkinson’s as they…

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Coded Bias Film Screening

September 30, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) and Stanford Arts on September 30 at 4pm PDT for a panel discussion of Coded Bias, a documentary film focusing on the ground-breaking research by MIT’s Joy Buolamwini into facial recognition technology’s troubling racial bias. The panel discussion will include Coded Bias director Shalini Kantayya and HAI co-director and computer vision expert Fei-Fei Li, moderated by HAI associate director and Stanford professor of English Michele Elam.

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October 2020

CAW Presents the 23rd United Nations Association Film Festival

October 15, 2020

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts Program is delighted to present the 23rd UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival), which was founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The 23rd UNAFF will be held online from October 15-25, 2020. This year’s event celebrates THE POWER OF EMPATHY through documentary films that highlight human rights issues, including social justice, climate change, racism,…

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November 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentaries STINK! and OVERLOAD: AMERICA’S TOXIC LOVE STORY

November 19, 2020 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, ARTS AND EMPATHY series co-presented with  Stanford Medical School Medicine and the Muse, Palo Alto Libraries and Stanford Film Society STINK!(91 min) US  Director/Producer: Jon J. WhelanStink! is a first-person story about one father’s absurd journey to find out what kinds of chemicals are hidden in a pair of his kid’s pajamas. But instead of getting a straight answer, director Jon Whelan stumbles on an even bigger issue in America, which is that some…

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December 2020

Camera as Witness Presents documentary THE THIRD HARMONY

December 10, 2020 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Camera as Witness program presents POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Palo Alto Libraries and Stanford Film Society THE THIRD HARMONY, (41 min) USDirector: Michael N. Nagler, Ph. DProducers: Steve Michelson, Tom Eddington The Third Harmony tells the story of nonviolence through the testimony of seasoned activists, including the highly dramatic story of how women and children were recently saved from death by unarmed international…

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January 2021

Where Do We Go From Here? | Documentary Film Festival

January 15

For this year’s King Holiday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University will host a free, four-day webinar and film festival, from the evening of Jan. 15 through Jan. 18, 2021. On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the festival will feature over 15 documentaries as well as musical performances and panel discussions that speak to Dr. King’s unanswered question: “Where do we go from here?” The films and performances featured in our festival will cover…

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February 2021

Camera as Witness Presents documentary THE PROVIDERS

February 3 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with the Stanford Medical School Medicine and the Muse, MFA Program in Documentary Film, Stanford Film Society and Santa Clara County Library District THE PROVIDERS (85 min) US Directors/Producers: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green, Jamie Meltzer, Sally Jo Fifer Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, this film follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net…

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Justice as Art, as Artifice and as Advertising Billboard

February 17 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This talk explores, in a preliminary manner, how the ‘normal’ art and artifice of delivering justice and accepting what is delivered as justice in a highly unequal society changes under authoritarian regimes. What happens when justice assumes the form of an advertisement for the ruling regime? Drawing on recent acts of omission and commission by the Indian Supreme Court, Nandini Sundar will look at what is being advertised, who is advertising, and who is being persuaded. When the law acts…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary PICTURE OF HIS LIFE

February 18 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with the MFA in Documentary Film Program, Stanford Students in Entertainment, Stanford Film Society and Palo Alto Libraries PICTURE OF HIS LIFE(75 min) Canada/Israel/Mexico/US Directors/Producers:Yonatan Nir, Dani MenkinExecutive Producer: Nancy Spielberg  He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks. But one major predator has always eluded Amos Nachoum. The legendary underwater stills photographer always dreamed of swimming underwater with a polar bear and capturing…

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March 2021

Just Music: TM Krishna in conversation with Aishwary Kumar and Anna Schultz

March 5 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Thodur Madabusi Krishna is a vocalist in the Carnatic form of classical music, a public intellectual who challenges traditional hegemonic paradigms, and a social activist who interrogates the intersection of caste, class, and gender within society while exploring the contours of democracy, culture, and learning. In 2016, Krishna received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award in recognition of “his forceful commitment as artist and advocate to art’s power to heal India’s deep social divisions”. In 2017, he received the Indira Gandhi…

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Arts+Tech Showcase

March 6 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI (HAI) and Stanford Arts for a two-day special public showcase event, featuring work and conversations with nine diverse Stanford artists, faculty, and practitioners working at the emerging intersections of Art and Technology. Moderated by Professors Michele Elam and Camille Utterback, this exciting public showcase explores the many ways in which art and technology are informing new and powerful ways to approach the other, as well as critical topics of our time– including representation, voice, wellness, community, power,…

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Ghostly Pasts and Speculative Futures

March 10 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This conversation will examine the echoes of a divided South Asia that continue to haunt the present and the ways in which artists, writers and activists work alongside each other to imagine futures of collectivity and togetherness. Given recent and ongoing developments in the political landscape in South Asia, this discussion will recognize how the interlocking and intersecting histories of these lands influence the collective memory and continue to impact lives at home and in the diaspora in a myriad…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary SOUFRA

March 10 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera As Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY seriesco-presented with Bechtel International Center, Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford Film Society and Santa Clara County Library District Silicon Valley Reads In celebration of the International Women’s  Day WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2021 at 7:00PM SOUFRA (Lebanon/US, 73 min) Director: Thomas Morgan  Producers: Trevor Hall, Susan Sarandon, Thomas Morgan, Kathleen Glynn The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a…

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April 2021

Camera as Witness Presents documentary BURMA VJ

April 7 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera As Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY seriesco-presented with Association of Southeast Asia at the University of Oklahoma, Gandhi-King Global Network, Global Movement for Myanmar Democracy, Harvard Undergraduate Students for Myanmar, King International Development Association, Stanford Film Society and University of Iowa Myanmar/Burma Student Association. WEDNESDAY,  April 7, 2021 at 7:00PM Burma VJ84′ (Burma, Norway)Director:  Anders Ostergaard Producer:  Lise Lense-Moller Though risking torture and life in jail, courageous young citizens of Burma live the essence of…

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Camera as Witness Presents documentary CLIMATE REFUGEES

April 22 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Camera as Witness Stanford Arts program presents THE POWER OF EMPATHY series co-presented with Bechtel International Center, Palo Alto Libraries, Protect Our Planet, Stanford Film Societyand Students for a Sustainable Stanford. In celebration of Earth Day CLIMATE REFUGEES(89 minutes) Bangladesh/China/Tuvalu/USA  Director: Michael Nash Producers: Michael Nash, Justin Hogan A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more…

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