The UNA Midpeninsula Chapter and the
Stanford Film Society are delighted to announce the first
edition of the United Nations Association Film Festival which
will take place October 23-25, 1998, at Cubberley Auditorium,
School of Education, and Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art
Building, at Stanford University.
The UNAFF is a non-competitive festival which consists of showing
documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with UN topics -
human rights, environmental survival, refugee protection,
immunization of children, disease control, foreign policy changes,
and education for all. Though some of these
films are broadcast by PBS stations, they are rarely shown in
movie theaters. UNAFF will bring to the Bay Area a rare
opportunity to become familiar with global problems; it will also
provide a better understanding of the means to address those
problems. The UNAFF will include also a series of discussions
and prominent speakers.
The UN won an Academy Award for the 1947 short documentary "First
Steps" about a disabled child who learns to walk. This year
UNAFF's theme is "Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights", so let's give the documentaries
and the filmmakers a chance to speak about the world's problems
from the human rights vantage point.
Over fifty submissions for this first UNAFF were carefully
reviewed and we chose eighteen films dealing with human rights
and other topics related to UN issues, from Mongolia, Cuba,
Rwanda, to Tibet, New Zealand and the United States.
As UNAFF is a non-profit arts organization, we would appreciate
very much your verbal or financial support in helping us to put
together a festival that values documentary filmmaking as a tool
for social and political understanding and which facilitates
community participation in effecting international
change. All donations to UNAFF are tax deductable.
With best regards,
Tel: (650) 725-0012
FAX: (650) 725-0011