Conceived in 1998 at Stanford University by film critic and educator Jasmina Bojic in conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNAFF offers a unique opportunity for creative exchange and education among groups and individuals often separated by geography, ethnicity and economic constraints.
Choctaw Code Talkers
57 minutes, USA
Director/Producers: Valerie Red-Horse, Gale Anne Hurd
In 1918, not yet citizens of the United States, Choctaw members of the American Expeditionary Forces were asked by the government to use their native language as a powerful communication tool against the German Forces in World War I, setting a precedent for code-talking as an effective military weapon and establishing them as America’s original Code Talkers. The film transports viewers back to World War I for an intimate and engaging look into the lives of these brave men, their families, their dreams and their patriotism to a country who would remember them as heroes, but not until after their deaths.
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
96 minutes, USA
Directors/Producers: Judith Ehrlich, Rick Goldsmith
The Most Dangerous Man in America is the story of what happens when a former Pentagon insider, armed only with his conscience, steadfast determination, and a file cabinet full of classified documents, decides to challenge an "imperial" presidency—answerable to neither Congress, the press, nor the people—in order to help end the Vietnam War. In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg shook America to its foundations when he smuggled a top-secret Pentagon study to the New York Times that showed how five presidents consistently lied to the American people about the Vietnam War—a war that was killing millions and tearing America apart. President Nixon’s National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger called Ellsberg "the most dangerous man in America," who "had to be stopped at all costs."
New American Soldier
23 minutes, Ghana/Mexico/Peru/USA
Directors/Producers: Emma Cott, Anna Belle Peevey
New American Soldier contemplates two of the most debated issues in US politics today: immigration and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through the stories of real people on the front lines, this powerful documentary gives us a better understanding of the people who are fighting this war, and what it means to be American. The film follows three immigrant soldiers through the ups and downs of training and deployment as they take steps towards achieving US citizenship. Seth Donker won the visa lottery and left his homeland of Ghana two years ago. A soft-spoken young man, he is now living out his Rambo daydreams as a Private in the US Army. Clarissa Calderon and her family emigrated from Peru when she was a girl. She never thought of enlisting until a recruiter told her that the Army would pay for medical school. Victor Toledo Pulido and his family walked across the US/Mexico border when he was seven. The Army offered a way out of the farmlands of California’s Central Valley, but Toleda Pulido was killed in Iraq a year and a half after enlisting.
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