Special Screenings
Traveling Festival


Dear Friend,

As a journalist, educator and documentary filmmaker, I have seen firsthand the devastating effects of war, poverty, hatred and hunger. My deep interest in humanitarian issues has led me to create the annual United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). Unlike other film festivals, which focus on one theme, one part of the world or one ethnic group, UNAFF is striving to provide a cross-section of the world by illuminating numerous issues from various countries, bound together by the common thread of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Last year's festival screened 32 films dealing with topics from Afghanistan, Armenia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, the Chagos Islands, China, the Congo, Cuba, East Timor, Germany, Haiti, India, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, the UK, the USA and Zambia. By bringing together filmmakers, the academic community and the general public, the UNA Film Festival offers a unique opportunity for creative exchange and education among groups and individuals often separated by geography, ethnicity and economic constraints.

Encouraged by overwhelming positive response from the audience and the media, we established a Traveling Film Festival. The first UNAFF TFF event was held in Monterey in 2000. UNAFF TFFs have taken place in San Francisco, Berkeley, Monterey, San Bruno, Santa Cruz, Davis, Sonoma, San Diego, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Honolulu, Philadelphia, New Haven, Washington DC, New York, Boston and in Cambridge at Harvard University. Also, our relentless efforts in promoting awareness of global issues were rewarded at the annual UNA-USA Convention in New York, where UNAFF received the prestigious Earl W. Eames Award for innovatively combining new technologies with traditional media.

Here are some of the comments about the 8th UNAFF:

Zeroing in on subjects and areas of the world that are often neglected by mainstream media, the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF) has distinguished itself as a forum for serious films that address critical and controversial global issues.” – Sura Wood, Metro Silicon Valley Newspaper

"It'd be ideal if people could take away the feeling that there is hope and that things can change. This festival is not just about shocking people, but about showing people that there is a solution to the world's problems." – William Susman, Filmmaker and Composer

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to be associated with the film festival. It was a wonderful success and I would echo the comments by others that it provided us with opportunities to be in places we have never been or will ever be; to listen in on conversations we may have never had an opportunity to listen to; to witness human interactions whose implications for fairness, equity and justice were unfathomable; to understand the world and issues from perspectives that may have been alien to us; to reaffirm our beliefs and convictions about gender equity, national self-determination, peace etc. and of course the opportunity to dialogue with the film/documentary makers.” - Meda O. Okelo, Community Services Department, East Palo Alto

What the audience says about UNAFF:

"Beautiful films. Thank you for educating us, learning what's happening around the world."

"This is a really special film festival. We are lucky to have these powerful films that shape our consciousness."

"I am so glad I came! I initially came to watch the documentary on Zambia and stayed for more."

"A closely assembled and responsible collection of important documentaries!"

"Great opportunity for students. Thanks."

"Fantastic. Very informative, and makes me want to do something about these issues. More people should see these films."

"Inspirational films about extraordinary human beings making an incredible difference in the world."

"I just walked out of a moving film that did have me in tears. I wish my schedule had not been so full this weekend. I think UNAFF is an incredible event."

"Very worthwhile. Learned a lot from the films and after-movie discussions."

In order to continue with this important event in today’s difficult situation for the arts and the economy in general, we rely more than ever on your help. Although we support the goals of the UN and the United Nations Association, we do not receive access to their funds, thus your contribution is critical for our future. UNAFF does not have a membership fee. Your participation is the most important source for UNAFF fulfilling its mission through the year.

By making a tax-deductible donation to the UNA Film Festival you will directly give a chance to tens of thousands of people to see these important documentaries that bring us together as a diverse community. Please send your gift (check payable to UNAFF) to:

P.O. Box 19369
Stanford, CA 94309

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law for 501(c) 3 organizations.

The UNA Film Festival, supported by you, symbolizes a commitment to the future and to work fostering a partnership and respect for all. It is my dream that this festival will continue to grow and touch the lives of many thousands of people. I thank you in advance for your consideration in this critical time. Please join us in our efforts to continue the dialogue through UNAFF in the spirit of the last year's theme “A STATEMENT OF HOPE AND COURAGE.”

With warmest regards,

Jasmina Bojic
Founder and Executive Director
UNAFF/UNAFF Traveling Film Festivals

©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)

Main Festival Screening:

October 25-29
Stanford University
, Palo Alto

Pre-Festival Screenings:

October 22

Roxie Cinema, San Francisco

October 20
Eastside Theater, East Palo Alto

October 18
Delancey Screening Room, San

Traveling Festival Screenings:

February 12, 2007

February 24, 2007
New Hampshire

March 18, 2007

March 25, 2007

March 28 & 29, 2007

September 29 & 30, 2007
Cambridge, Harvard University & Boston

November 9, 10 & 11, 2007



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