The United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) is an international
documentary film festival that seeks to educate the public about issues
related to UN through the medium of film, video, arts and open forum
discussions. Each year we highlight a particular event or theme while
focussing on a broad range of issues, such as press freedom, war and
disarmament, race relations, poverty and economic transitions, women's
issues, environmental survival and more. UNAFF is a project of the
Stanford Film Society
and Midpeninsula Chapter of the
UNA-USA a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing
community involvement in global issues.
The UNAFF's diverse programming educates our citizens about international
issues they can get involved with, as well as human rights problems
here in the United States. Documentaries selected for the festival
are particularly suited to helping the public get to know individuals
in other cultures and humanizing other racial and national groups.
Documentaries often elicit a very personal or emotional response and
encourage dialogue and action. Unfortunately, there are too few venues
for accomplished documentarians to present their work and to engage
in these conversations.
The first UNAFF took place in October 1998, at Stanford University,
reaching an audience of close to five hundred throughout the weekend.
We celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights and our relationship with the United Nations
Association. To acknowledge the tradition of community support for
international human rights issues, we emphasized the San Francisco
Bay Area's role in the historic signing event. UNAFF 98 featured documentarian,
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Trent and brought together
eight filmmakers to introduce and/or conclude the screening of his
or her work. We also held a panel discussion about using film as a
medium for encouraging action on human rights issues.
This year, the festival will take place October 21-24, 1999, at Cubberley
Auditorium, School of Education, and Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings
Art Building, at Stanford University. UNAFF will feature twenty-six
outstanding documentaries by international filmmakers dealing with
human rights and other topics related to UN issues. The films range
from Russia, China, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam to South Africa, Uganda,
Eritrea, Colombia, Italy, Yugoslavia, Canada and the United States.
The second UNAFF celebrates the efforts of documentary filmmakers
to fight for international peace, justice and dignity for all people
around the world. The theme for UNAFF'99 is BUILDING A SOCIETY FOR