(19 minutes) USA
Four elderly nuns believe so strongly about closing
the School of the Americaswhere the U.S. has trained Latin
American soldiers since 1946that they put their own freedom
at risk. In fact, as a result of their peaceful protest at the military
base housing the school, they are sentenced to six months in federal
prison. Those Who Trespass follows their journey from protest
to prison to releaseand examines what it means to stand up
for your convictions.
Renee Fischer graduated from Stanford Universitys
M.A. Program for Documentary Film and Video in 2002. Her thesis
film Those Who Trespass recently won a 2003 Student Academy
Award in the Documentary Category. It also was awarded a 2003 CINE
Golden Eagle. Before attending Stanford, Renee Fischer worked as
the Director of Broadcast Media for Catholic Relief Services, a
non-profit organization operating in more than 80 countries, with
programs in areas such as health, education, agriculture, and peace-building.
In this capacity, in 2000, Renee traveled with a crew to Kosovo
and Rwanda for a video project about rebuilding civil society in
war-torn communities. She received her B.A. in Communications and
English from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.