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Mount's Human Rights Film Festival Spotlights Emotional Stories

Sept. 21, 2005 -- The Mount's Documentary Film and Social Justice Program opens its 4th Annual Human Rights Film Festival in September with a screening of the documentary "Dying to Tell the Story." Dynamic filmmaker Amy Eldon will appear in person as a special guest speaker.

The documentary will be the first film screened in the festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Chalon Campus Little Theater. Admission and refreshments are free. The festival will screen four films between September and December.

The documentary focuses on journalists who risk their lives doing their jobs. The film features Eldon, who, after the death of her brother Dan in Somalia, sought to understand what drove him to stay in conditions that eventually would take his life.

Eldon revisits the site of her brother's death and interviews broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour, British broadcaster Martin Bell, and war photographer Don McCullin, among others, in this compelling, emotion-filled documentary. Also, prior to the film, the program will be screening a selection of short student documentaries from this semester's Documentary Production 1 class. All are invited to see films by students -- the documentary filmmakers of tomorrow. Student films begin showing at 6:45 p.m.

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