The United Nations Association Midpeninsula Chapter and the Stanford Film Society are delighted to announce the fifth annual United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). The festival will take place on October 24-27, 2002 at Stanford University along with several pre-screenings in San Francisco. The theme for UNAFF 2002 is "HUMANITY IS INDIVISIBLE".
Established four years ago at Stanford University, UNAFF celebrates the power of international documentaries dealing with UN related issues such as human rights, environmental survival, women's issues, protection of refugees, homelessness, racism, disease control, universal education, war and peace. UNAFF offers a unique opportunity to view films that are rarely screened for public audiences since they are often too political for commercial theatrical release, to become familiar with global problems, and to provide a better understanding of the means to address these problems.
Over 220 submissions from all over the world have been carefully reviewed and the jury has selected 27 films to be screened at this years festival. The documentaries selected showcase topics from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Georgia, Germany, Guinea, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Lithuania, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Palestine, Peru, Russia, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, the United States and Yugoslavia.
Encouraged by overwhelming positive response from the audience and the media, a traveling film festival known as the UNAFF Extension Program was established. The first UNAFF Extension Program event was held in Monterey in October 2000 and was a tremendous success. Last year, UNAFF Extension Program events took place in San Francisco, Washington DC, Berkeley, CA and Monterey, CA. This year UNAFF Extension Programs were held in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Berkeley, Salt Lake City, and Boston at Harvard University. UNAFF Extension Programs are planned for Boston at Harvard University this September, Sonoma County and Monterey, CA.
Our relentless efforts in promoting awareness of global issues have been recognized and on March 26, 2001 at the annual UNA Convention in New York, UNAFF received the prestigious Earl W. Eames Award for innovatively combining new technology with traditional media.
UNAFF is an independent project of the Midpeninsula Chapter of the UNA-USA, a non-profit organization. We welcome your support, financial or otherwise, in helping us put together this festival that promotes documentary filmmaking as a tool for social and political understanding and facilitates community participation in effecting international change. All donations to UNAFF are tax deductible. Please send your check payable to UNAFF to P.O. Box 19369 Stanford, CA 94309.
We are deeply thankful for your participation and support,
If you are looking for accommodations during the festival, we urge you to consider The Cardinal, the original premier Palo Alto hotel. Recently renovated, it retains all the charm of traditional Palo Alto, and its unique downtown location provides an excellent base for your stay. As one of our sponsors, they have been extremely kind to provide special rates for UNAFF participants and attendees, and we encourage you to visit their web site and take advantage of this opportunity.
October 24, 6:30PM Cubberley Auditorium
October 25, 3:30PM Annenberg Auditorium
October 26, 1:00PM Annenberg Auditorium
October 27, 1:00PM Cubberley Auditorium
pre-festival screenings in San Francisco:
Free for Stanford undergraduates, $5 for students and $8 for general public per film session*
A Festival pass is $40 (Pass good for all 11 Stanford sessions).
can be purchased at the Film Festival, or at
For more information please call (650) 724-5544
* Each film session will last approximately two to three hours
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