Film Festival

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,

Jasmina Bojic
Festival Director

Tel: (650) 725-0012
FAX: (650) 725-0011