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Mount to Host High School Students Screening Human Rights Films

Jan. 12, 2009 -- Mount Saint Mary’s University is teaming up with the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force to host a first-ever screening event for high school students' films at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25, on the College's Brentwood campus. The afternoon film festival, called Youth Producing Change, will showcase documentaries and public service announcements from high school students across the nation, including schools in the Los Angeles area.

The group is partnering with the College to show more than a dozen student films examining human rights issues both worldwide and in L.A. "We are excited to align with Mount Saint Mary’s University to show the high school kids that they can continue their work in college," says Nancy Medina, the task force program director. "The students' film work is all extracurricular and they are all really passionate about spotlighting human rights abuses and bringing about change."

Student work from Reseda's Cleveland High School Media Academy and the Wildwood School in West Los Angeles will be among the featured screenings. About 75 high school students are expected to attend the event from nine student task force chapters. Participants are coming from Santa Monica High School, Palisades High School, Canyon and Valencia high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, and Venice High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Four private schools also will be represented, as well as the youTHink! organization, which aims to bring social justice awareness to teens in L.A.'s inner-city schools.

Mount St. Mary's is hosting the event through its Film and Social Justice program, which offers a bachelor's degree to students interested in pursuing careers in film and television. "The Human Rights Watch event fits in perfectly with the Mount program's focus on addressing social justice issues and instigating positive change both in the U.S. and around the world," says Pam Haldeman, film program director.

The Student Task Force program encourages students with a passion for human rights to work on behalf of children around the world. The task force works with the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. For more information on the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force, contact Nancy Medina at 310-477-5540, or by email at nnazmedina@hotmail.com.

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