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UN Association Film Festival: Documentaries on Mosul & Palestine

By: | posted on: Oct 18, 2019

Date(s) - 10/18/2019
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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Join us at one of the oldest and most grassroots documentary film festival in the Bay Area called the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

UNAFF will be presenting 60 documentary films featuring issues about the U.S., China, Iraq, Mexico, and other countries. The film festival is from October 17 – 27 and will be held at the Mitchell Community Center in Palo Alto, various locations on Stanford University, and East Palo Alto and San Francisco.

Tickets are:

  • $10 per 1.5 – 3 hours film session
  • $220 for all films
  • $60 for all films for seniors
  • You can purchase tickets in advance online at the Stanford Ticket Office or at the UNA Store on 552 Emerson Street, Palo Alto.
  • You can also purchase tickets at the screening venue.
  • There is free admission for all students with valid ID.

–FRIDAY, October 18I Palo Alto, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road

Session 2

4:30 PM MOSUL AFTER THE WAR (France/Iraq, 60 min)

On July 10th, 2017, Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, was liberated from ISIS after nine months of fighting. The most significant urban battle since the Second World War led to freedom for this city of two million from the oppressive hands of the Islamic State, this city where the Caliphate had previously been symbolically proclaimed. For a year, we followed the Iraqis’ efforts to rebuild their city. Through key figures, the director documented the difficulties faced by the population of Mosul, the laxity of the Iraqi administration, the concerns of the international community and the danger of ISIS’ return.

5:40 PM PROJECT MOSUL (Iraq/UK, 9 min)

Shortly after the destruction of the Mosul Museum by the Islamic State, two computer programmers rally an international crowdsourcing effort to create digital 3D replicas of the lost heritage.

6:00 PM WHO KILLED LT. VAN DORN? (US, 80min)

Lt. Wes Van Dorn, a 29-year-old United States Naval Academy graduate and the married father of two young sons, died when the helicopter he was piloting crashed off the coast of Virginia during a 2014 training exercise. Motivated by her grief, his wife Nicole sought an explanation for the cause of the disaster. Her efforts spurred an investigation that uncovered a long history of negligence and institutional failings around the 53E helicopter—the model Van Dorn was piloting when he was killed, and the deadliest aircraft in the US military. Through incisive reporting and interviews with Van Dorn’s colleagues and family, Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? is at once a poignant picture of one family’s tragedy, as well as a revelatory inquiry into the murky inner-workings of the American defense establishment.

Session 3

7:40 PM THE LAST PRAYER (Afghanistan/New Zealand/Pakistan/Turkey, 22 min)

The Last Prayer documents stories of survival and loss in New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack in which fifty worshipers gathered at two mosques in the quaint city of Christchurch, were killed just before Friday prayers on March 15, 2019. Interviews of victim’s families and survivors as well as community leaders and residents of Christchurch. The Last Prayer is film of first-hand accounts of New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack and the response to the tragedy that united a country against hatred.

8:15 PM COME AND TAKE IT (the US, 25 min)

This short documentary film captures the transformation of a young woman to the leadership of America’s most irreverent anti-gun violence movement called #CocksNotGlocks. After concealed carry of handguns is legalized on the University of Texas campus, Jessica Jin posts clever humor on social media, and with the help of a tight-knit group of young female students, a movement is born: The Great Texas Dildo Revolt.


For the past fifty years, former US Attorney General and Human Rights activist Ramsey Clark has challenged the abuses of US power and championed numerous causes that have affected humanity. This documentary examines his lifetime commitment to movements from Civil Rights, to US wars, to incidents like the Parkland, Florida shooting. His perspective on our democratic principles and assessment of “American policies” that have affected our country and the world are discussed for future generations to utilize. As a participant who helped to write some of our country’s greatest legislation (The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 & 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 among others), Ramsey Clark’s life has been a steadfast example of a truth seeker on a mission to expose the facts.

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