|Updated September 2003
From Amnesty Internationals
Toronto Regional Office
VIDEOS - 1/2" VHS: deposit of $30, refunded if videos are promptly returned.
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AFTERMATH: The Remnants of War
War has a dirty secret: it never really ends. Aftermath: The Remnants of War weaves archival images and personal stories into a powerful portrait of the lingering devastation of war. Based on the Gelber Prize winning book by Donovan Webster, this insightful film reveals the twentieth century as the most violent in all of human history, with a death toll of more than one hundred million.
Filmed on location in Russia, France, Bosnia and Vietnam, the film features personal accounts of individuals involved in the cleanup of war: from de-miners who risk their lives on a daily basis, psychologists working with distraught soldiers in Bosnia, a treasure hunter turned archeologist in Stalingrad, and scientists and doctors struggling with the contamination of dioxin used during the Vietnamese war. The poignant stories convey a sobering message as we face the realization that war doesn't end when the fighting stops.
2001. 74min. Canada-NFB
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) 1993:
Contains a moving speech by former prisoner Reza Jalai about his experiences in Iran (45 min.), followed by a 10 min. report on AI's concerns in the Middle East. Roger Clarke, the Canadian Secretary General of AI, introduces Pierre Sane, the international Secretary General, who speaks for about 45 min. followed by questions. Entire video 2 hrs. 15 min.
ARGENTINA: AGAINST SILENCE:
CBC Man Alive programme with interview of Jacobo Timmerman, a journalist in Argentina who was arrested and tortured for helping families of the disappeared. Extremely interesting and moving account of the experience of being detained and tortured for long periods. 1982. 27 min. Not an AI video.
is the first feature documentary to take us inside the Canadian refugee process. It follows three people from their arrival in Canada to the final decision of the Refugee Board, and beyond.Tatiana Linco claims to have been persecuted in Kazakhstan because she is Russian. Marnush Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi human rights activist who fled when his life was threatened by the police. Cristian Ghitescu came to Canada as a stowaway; he says he faces imprisonment for speaking out against the Romanian govermnent.Filmmaker Garry Beitel accompanies all three as they adapt to a new country, find a place within their respective communities, and deal with lawyers and officials. In an unprecedented move, the Refugee Board allows cameras into the all-important hearings which determine the status of claimants.As we follow Tatiana, Marnush and Cristian
, we also begin to question the certainty of their claims. Who is telling the truth? Who is really a refugee? And how do we decide?1998. 78 minutes. Canada-NFB.
BEAUTY FOR ASHES: CBC
Adrienne Clarksons Something Special programme on the artist and human rights was originallly broadcast on December 8th, 1998. In 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document aimed at safeguarding the rights and freedoms of all peoples of all nations. This document has been called the Magna Carta of mankind. One of its creators was Canadian John Humphrey. In the summer of 1998 in Ottawa, a Symposium on the Artist and Human Rights was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration and to honour the contribution made by artists as champions of human rights. Some of the guests on this programme include: Isabel Allende, Louise Arbour, Ariel Dorfman, Joy Kogawa, Anton Kuerti, and Desmond Tutu. 60 min.?
BRAZIL: THE DEATHS OF JOAO MOREIRA AND CHICO MENDES:
Two short videos available on one cassette. Joao Moreira, a poor, rural landholder and peasant organizer in the Parrot's Beak region of Brazil, was killed in August 1987 by gunmen who hoped that his death would drive the remainder of his family from the land. The video includes interviews with Mr. Moreira's family, recorded Three days after his death. The second video describes briefly the life and work of Francisco (Chico) Mendes, the prominent Brazilian ecologist and rubber tapper who was murdered on Dec. 22, 1988. 1989. Combined length of both - 15 min. Not AI videos.
BRAZIL: SHADOWS ON THE STREET:
This video focuses on the witnesses of the Candelaria massacre in Rio de Janeiro in which eight street children were killed. It also provides good background on Brazil's problems of poverty, violence and abuses by the police. 1995. Approx 60 min. Not an AI video.
BRAZIL: TO REMEMBER CHICO MENDES:
This video tells the story of the life of Chico Mendes, president of the rural Workers Trade Union of Zapuri. As he began to campaign more vigorously for the rights of rubber tappers, he became the target of death threats and was finally murdered in 1988. 1989. 45 Min.
CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE: The Struggle for Human Rights in Burundi
( Dur. 12' 39")
A CHANGING MANDATE; ICM 1991:
Roger Clark, the Secretary General of the Canadian Section, is interviewed concerning changes in Amnesty's mandate that were formulated at the 1991 International Council Meeting. Among the topics covered are a clarification of selective conscientious objection, the consideration of imprisoned homosexuals as prisoners of conscience and a change in AI's mandate regarding administrative detention. 1992. 19 minutes. AI video.
CHINA COMPILATION VIDEOS:
Three short videos (each 8 min. in length) entitled "The Power to Persecute," "Death by Numbers" and "Business as Usual." The videos take a brief overview of different aspects of China's current human rights situation: various forms of persecution, the death penalty and torture and the effects of economic reforms on ordinary workers. "Death by Numbers contains some disturbing scenes. 1996. 24 min. total. AI video.
CHINA: THE RETURN OF A MARXIST
Looks briefly at the case of Wang Xizhe who spent 12 years in a Chinese prison for "counter-revolutionary activity." He was released on parole in 1993. 1993. 8 min.
COLOMBIA: GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER:
Documents the human rights violations recently taking place in Colombia, particularly political killings. Very good overview of the current situation, focusing on the work of human rights workers, lawyers and others to improve the human rights situation. 1994. 30 min. AI video.
COLOMBIA: A STRANGE DEMOCRACY:
By tracing past political, social and economic developments in Colombia, this video attempts to analyse the reasons for the massive violation of human rights in the country, who is behind it and why not effective action is being taken to halt it. 1988. 30 min.
: THE HIDDEN TREGEDY. 2002 . 26min.
COLOMBIA: WHO KILLED HERBERT MARIN?:
Details human rights violations in Colombia, focusing on the case of Herbert Marin Cotrini, a human rights defender who disappeared in October 1986 in Cali. Relatives talk about their experiences in Colombia. 1988. 29 min.
COLOURS OF HOPE:
Narrated by Meryl Streep and tells the story of the imprisonment and eventual release of a family of political prisoners in Argentina. Stresses the effects of disappearance and political imprisonment on the child. Good for children and adults alike. 1986. 20 min.
COLUMBUS DIDN'T DISCOVER US:
Indigenous Peoples from North, South and Central America speak about the devastation of their cultures resulting from the European invasion as well as contemporary struggles over land and human rights. Filmed at the first continental Conference of Indigenous Peoples. 1992. 24 min. Turning Tide Productions.
Caught between two conflicts, tens of thousands of Liberian refugees in Côte d'Ivoire face an impossible "choice". Indiscriminately linked to armed opposition groups or branded "trouble makers", Liberian refugees are at risk of being killed, ill-treated and forcibly recruited by all parties to the conflict in Côte d'Ivoire. They are caught in the middle of conflicts in Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia, together with tens of thousands of other civilians. This video documents the Amnesty International mission to Cote d'Ivoire and includes accounts from refugees who have suffered or witnessed serious human rights abuses, yet feel unable to escape from the situation they find themselves in. 2003. 19 min.
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL:
Provides insight into the grassroots work of AI members worldwide. Focusing on AI week 1990, the video begins in the morning in rural India and ends at night in Santiago, Chile, with a concert for human rights. 1991. 30 min. AI video.
THE DEATH PENALTY: AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. EZAT FATTAH
Dr. Ezzat Fattah, professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University, outlines some major arguments for and against capital punishment. Amnesty International video. 24 min.
A DROP IN THE OCEAN - Doctors Without Borders- A Quebec MD in Liberia
When Doctors without Borders, the humanitarian medical aid agency, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, Dr. Claudette Picard was in Liberia. Her first mission with the agency had begun in this small country of West Africa six years before. In the meantime, she had practised medicine in other wartorn countries such as Zaire and Afghanistan, always in extremely hazardous conditions.What impels women and men like Dr. Picard to leave their easy lives behind and go off to do what little they can to alleviate human suffering? Whatever the motivation, the doctors are in the field, providing medical care and helping to draw attention to distant places often forgotten by the world's media. Places like Harper, a small town in Liberia devastated by a decade of civil war. This is where we follow Dr. Picard on her rounds. With her halting English, her comforting presence and a few scarce drugs, she sometimes manages to do the impossible. But not always....2001. 48 min. CANADA-NFB
ENVIRONMENTALISTS UNDER FIRE: 10 Urgent Cases Of Human Rights Abuses
When oil spills contaminate rivers and drinking water in Nigeria, when loggers clear-cut Mexicos old-growth forests, when nuclear submarines leak radioactive waste in Russia,
and when damming of the Narmada River destroys some of Indias most fertile land, the earth does not scream, or get angry, or fight back.
But there are people who are brave enough to speak out, to defy governments and to confront corporations. They risk arrest, imprisonment, and even death to protect their homeland to give the earth a voice.
Amnesty International and the Sierra Club have come together in a one-of-a kind collaboration on behalf of these environmental defenders. The goal of this joint endeavour is to shine a bright light on nations where human rights abuses are being committed against environmental activists and to take action immediately to stop the abuses suffered by environmentalists who are being beaten, harassed, detained
, raped, tortured and murdered. Use this video to find out more about people at risk for defending the earth and what you can do to defend those who give the earth a voice. 2001. 21min. AI and the Sierra Club.
FICTION OF WAR
Colombia has been engaged in a civil war for over 50 years. Political violence and human rights abuses have escalated to epidemic proportions. Since 1988, the Data Bank of the Commision Inter- Congregacional de Justicia y Paz, a Colombian human rights organization, has reported a total of 67,000 deaths. That is an average of 702 per month or 23.4 per day. U.S. military and police aid to this beleaguered country has totaled over three quarters of a billion dollars in the last decade. Military aid was increased to over $240 million this year after the election of President Pastrana.
The documentary contrasts statements made by public and military officials with those of human rights workers, church and community leaders, the displaced, and what we ourselves witnessed. You will hear of the hopes and aspirations of the people and the callous responses of political leaders and military commanders.
Fiction of War" focuses on the human rights situation in the country. Many people who spoke to us are living under threats of death or disappearance. A few of the participants have been the targets of assassination or kidnapping since the taping. They were anxious for us to tell their story to as many people as we could. You will hear their stories in their own voices. 1999.43min. USA. One world productions
FREE AT LAST:
Prepared by AI for the 25th anniversary. Explains the work of AI worldwide. Series of moving, personal portraits, probing the human drama of political persecution in nations of widely differing ideologies. Filmed in seven countries and draws on dramatic documentary footage. 1986. 30 min. AI video.
GOOD NEWS STORIES:
Over 30 former prisoners of conscience describe how they were affected by letters from Amnesty members. Some speak in Spanish, French and German with no subtitles. Peter Benenson, the founder of AI, relates how he felt when he first heard someone say "my release is due to Amnesty International." 1991. 60 min.
GREECE: YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S SON; THE MAKING OF A TORTURER:
A docudrama showing the process by which ordinary military conscripts were transformed into torturers during the period of military rule in Greece. 1982. 65 min.
GUATEMALA: DIGGING FOR TRUTH
Until Dominga Sic Ruiz was nine years old, she lived with her family in Rio Negro, a small village in Rabinal, Guatemala. However, Domingas village suffered a series of massacres by military forces in the early eighties. These were part of the governments continuing campaign to flush out guerilla insurgency throughout the country. Rio Negro may also have been targeted because its lands were wanted for the building of a hydro-electric dam. Dominga was adopted by an American couple and brought up in the US as Denese Becker. As an adult she decided to go back to Guatemala to confront the past, to look for relatives and to demand justice for the atrocities suffered by her people. This 30 minute documentary is the harrowing story of her return. 2002. 30 minutes.
GUATEMALA: WHEN THE PEOPLE LEAD:
The story of the first group of refugees returning to Guatemala from Mexico as seen through the eyes of an indigenous family. Also describes the group of Canadian volunteers who accompany the refugees. Excellent footage of Rigoberta Menchu, 1992 Nobel Prize winner. 1993. 28 min. Not an AI video.
GUATEMALA: WINDS OF MEMORY:
From the TVO Human Edge series, this documentary focuses on Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala, and includes footage of Rigoberta Menchu. 52 min. *Low volume on tape.
THE HIDDEN STORY: Confronting Colombias Dirty War:
The media has had a powerful influence in shaping Colombias international image. But camouflaged by its fascination with drug violence are massive human rights violations the media has largely chosen to ignore.
The reality of Colombias dirty war is revealed in this video through powerful images and testimonies from people who risk their lives each day to build peace and social justice in Colombia. The video analyses the roots of the conflict, the role of the US sponsored Pan Colombia and the so called war on drugs as well as Canadas connection to the worsening crisis.2001. 29 min. Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives.
HONDURAS: THE STORY OF A TORTURER:
CBC Man Alive episode in which Jose Valle describes how he became a torturer in Honduras in the early 1980's. Various refugee workers discuss the difficulty in deciding whether to accept torturers as refugees. It also provides a good background of the human rights situation in Honduras. 1988. 30 min. *The first few seconds are cut off.
HONOUR KILLINGS 2001:
HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRADE FORUM:
Forum held in Toronto in 1996 featuring various speakers from Amnesty International and the business community exploring issues surrounding human rights and trade. 1996. Rogers video.
I AM NOT A STRANGER
How would you feel if you were suddenly forced to leave your home and country? This vidoe helps viewers explore ways that people, and society at alarge, can become more receptive to refugees starting ovewr in canada. Using dramatization and interviews with front line workers and refugees, this resource will provoke discussion on the issues involved in welcoming people whose lives have been shattered. 2000. 30 minutes, clolour. Discussion guide included. A production of the Mennonite Central Committee Canada.
IN THE COMPANY OF FEAR - Peace Brigades International:
IN THE SHADOW OF A SAINT: (54 Minutes NTSC)
INDONESIA: BEHIND THE SCREEN: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN INDONESIA AND EAST TIMOR:
This video begins by examining the human rights situation in Indonesia, with a specific look at labour disputes and forcible evictions in Java and Bali as well as violations in East Timor, Irian Jaya and Aceh. These violations are placed in the context of Indonesia's history since the New Order Government took power in 1965. 1994. 30 min. Ai video for Indonesia and East Timor campaign.
INDONESIA: IN COLD BLOOD: MASSACRE IN EAST TIMOR:
This moving documentary gives an account of the brutal suppression of East Timor by the Indonesian government from the time of the invasion in 1975 up until the unrest and the Dili massacre in November 1991. 1992. 60 min. Yorkshire Television.
INDONESIA: NEWS RELEASE:
Footage of the massacre in Dili, East Timor in 1991 as well as shots of demonstrations, and interviews. Much of it is not in English, and there is no voice over. Would be useful as background material. 14 min.
IRAN: COMPILATION TAPE:
This short video includes scenes showing mass rallies in Tehran, the release of detainees, the Iranian Parliament, and executions. 1987. Amnesty International video. 5 min.
LICENCE TO KILL:
Presents testimonies of people who have been under sentence of death, relatives of victims, lawyers and others concerned about the death penalty. International in content, it includes footage of executions and interviews with people both for and against the death penalty. 1984. 27 min.
LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS:
Martin Sheen and Dini Petty co-host this Canadian-made television special - first aired in Canada in October, 1998. Featuring stories from Uganda, Cuba, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Turkey, China, Iraq and India with appearances by well-known personalities including TV stars Andrea Martin (SCTV) and Jason Alexander (Seinfeld). Most useful as a fundraising tool (for television broadcast), this video could serve as an introduction to the work of Amnesty International to someone who knows little to nothing about the organization. 1998 Amnesty International Canadian Section (English Speaking) / Eagle-Com Inc. Production 60 min.
LONG TERM PRISONERS:
(for Groups only) Interviews with former prisoners of conscience. 1987. 40 minutes. Produced for AI Week.
MAY DAY - MAY DAY:
Filmed in seven countries on International Labour Day 1987. Documents the abuse of trade unionists' human rights worldwide and shows how local AI groups and unions have a common interest in campaigning on behalf of workers across the globe. 1987. 30 min.
MOROCCO: HOW THE HELL DID THEY SURVIVE?
Tells the incredible story of survival and strength of three brothers -- Bayazid, Midhat and Ali Bourequat -- who "disappeared" in Morocco in July 1973 and were released 18 years later. 1993. 52 min.
MYANMAR: AUNG SAN SUU KYI (BEIJING CONFERENCE):
Speech on womens human rights by Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese dissident. This tape was smuggled out of Myanmar to the fourth World Conference on Women which Suu was under house arrest. 1995.17 min.
MYANMAR: BATTLE FOR BURMA:
Describes the situation in Myanmar immediately prior to the May 1990 elections focusing mainly on issues related to the elections. It deals with restrictions which military authorities placed on campaigning activities and the fact that many of the candidates were arrested and prevented from standing in elections. As well as describing the atmosphere of fear in Myanmar, it also discusses human rights violations such as mass arrests of political party leaders and supporters, and the torture of prisoners. 1990. 11 min. Not an AI video.
THE NEXT STEP:
Uses powerful film footage of executions and shows the different aspects of the death penalty in various countries around the world. 1989. 25 min. Produced for AI 1989 Death Penalty Campaign.
NICARAGUA: TOO MANY QUESTIONS:
A comprehensive documentary examining the social and economic situation in a post-Sandinista Nicaragua. The video presents a clear view of the development issues within the country as it faces growing unemployment, poverty, illiteracy and national division. 1995. P&P Productions. 53 Min.
NO MORE EXCUSES:
Produced for AI's 30th anniversary, it provides an excellent and thorough explanation of AI's mandate as well as the actual work done by members of the Canadian Section. A very good introduction to AI. 1991. 52 min. Produced by the Canadian Artists' Network and Vision TV.
OF HOPSCOTCH AND LITTLE GIRLS
Hopscotch is universal. Girls around the world trace squares on the ground, then hop through them, trying hard to reach the end. Girls share other interests too: They like to talk about school, what they want to be when they grow up, who they will marry, how many children they will have, their hopes for a better life for themselves and their family.
But all too often, through poverty, perversion, ignorance or superstition, adults shatter these dreams by denying girls the right to an education
, entering them into forced labour, subjecting them to mutilation, sexual abuse and their injustices. 1999. 52 minutes. National Film Board.
OUR WORLD. . . OUR RIGHTS:
Secretary General Pierre Sane's speech at the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, June 1993, interspersed with very moving testimony and footage of grave human rights violations from various countries. 1993. 10 min.
OUTLAWED: Discrimination against homosexuals in conservative cultures
Decadent, unnatural, culturally threatening and dangerous to the purity of body and mind: in many countries these are the prevailing views on homosexuality. As a result, homosexuals are discriminated against under the law, imprisoned, given compulsory medical treatment, harassed, beaten up and even murdered. In Outlawed, we meet homosexuals in five different countries where, for various reasons, they are pariahs denied the life to which everyone has a right.
THE PARIS CONCERT FOR AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES
On December 10, 1998 the Paris Concert for Amnesty International: The Struggle Continues
will go down in history as one of rocks legendary events. This once-in-a-lifetime sold-out concert celebrates the 50th
Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and features unforgettable performances by a stellar line-up, as well as an address by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. (
Features Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Bruce Springsteen, Youssou NDour, Alanis Morisette, Jimmy Page
, Robert Plant, Shania twain, Radiohead, Asain Dub Foundation)
1999. Colour/Stereo 120 min.
PERU: ANGEL IS MISSING:
Records the desperate search of the family of Angel Escobar Jurado, a human rights activist who "disappeared" in Peru, February 1990. It also provides excellent background information on Peru, including violations perpetrated by both the security forces and the violent opposition group, Sendero Luminoso. 1990. 50 min. Not an AI video.
PERU: BEFORE THE SUN GOES DARK:
A brief historical introduction to the situation in Peru, from the years 1980-1989. It place political violence in the context of the Peruvian economic crisis and the extreme poverty afflicting the country. CEAPAZ. 1990. 46 min.
PERU: TO WHAT HAVE WE COME?
(A donde hemos llegado?):
Features testimonies from victims of the violence in rural Peru. Women, children and refugees now living in Lima tell of the terror created by "disappearances" and extrajudicial executions. 1989. 20 min.
PERU: VERGUENZA (SHAME):
This video from the Centre for Studies for Peace Action in Peru focuses on that country's new amnesty law, which offers impunity to human rights abusers. Through documentary footage, dramatization and interviews with families of the "disappeared," this film looks at past abuses in Peru and the impact of the amnesty law. Filmed in Spanish with English voice-over, the sound quality may not be suitable for larger groups. 1996. 51 min.
POLITICAL KILLINGS AND DISAPPEARANCES:
With a conference of human rights activists in the Netherlands as a backdrop, human rights workers and investigators are interviewed. 1993. 22 min. AI video.
RAPE: A CRIME OF WAR:
In this video, four women tell of their experiences of forced confinement, rape and degradation in Bosnia during the recent conflict there. The documentary also follows the progress of the International Tribunal investigating war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and its attempt to be the first international court to try a defendant for rape as a crime of war. 1996. 59 min. National Film Board of Canada.
THE RIGHT TO BE FREE: THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION:
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Canadian and refugee students compare experiences and reactions to human rights situations in Canada and abroad. Designed for classroom use. 1988. 56 min.
RWANDA: FORSAKEN CRIES: THE STORY OF RWANDA:
This video examines Rwanda as a case study of the human rights challenges of the 21st century. The video incorporates historical issues from the colonial period through the current challenge of establishing a culture of justice and accountability in Rwanda. The video is accompanied by an educational packet which provide additional information on key issues. AIUSA. 35 min.
SACRED LAND, SCARRED LAND- Indigenous people and their lands threatened by corporate recklessness-stories of tragedy and courage from Columbia, the Philippines, the Sudan and Canada.
Around the world the traditional lands of Aboriginal peoples are being exploited for resources, and polluted by industrial wastes. In some cases the people are being displaced, their health is at risk, and their spiritual and cultural connections to their land are under threat.
This video visits four communities- the Lubicon in Alberta, the Embera Katio in Colombia, the Nuer in Sudan, and the people of Marinduque
, Phillipines- to hear first-hand the stories
of their struggles to maintain their land rights, livelihoods, and cultural identities in the face of corporate intrusion.
Canada, 2000.28 min. Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Forum.
A SCORE FOR WOMENS VOICES
Between March and October 2000, millions of people around the world took to the streets to denounce poverty and violence against women. The historic World March of Women was a bold initiative of the Quéébec Federation of Women and represented a turning point in global solidarity.Director Sophie Bissonnette invited five filmmakers from around the world to cover the march. She also asked each one to film an innovative project. In Senegal a community battles female genital mutilation through education. In Australia a women's circus teaches survivors of sexual assault to become skilled performers. In India a group of low-caste women mediate domestic disputes in informal women's courts. Native women in Ecuador offer leadership training programs to create women leaders. In the United States, Linda Carney describes why she founded Survival Inc. for poor women in Boston: this wealthy city refused her and her son welfare benefits unless she quit her minimum-wage job.Set against the backdrop of a song, A Score for Women's Voices ends at the UN, where women deliver 5 million cards signed during the marches. Their goal? To change the world! 2002. 86 min. Canada-NFB.
THE SKY: A SILENT WITNESS:
Produced for Amnesty's 1995 campaign on women, this video features dramatic testimony of women in Guatemala, the United States, Tibet, China, Bangladesh and Bosnia. Good to start a discussion on women's human rights. 1995. 25 min. AI video.
SOUTH AFRICA'S DEATH FACTORY:
An overview of the process which brings people to death row in South Africa. It contains interviews with people involved in the campaign against the death penalty and follows family members of two prisoners awaiting execution. 45 min. 1990.
SRI LANKA: NATION IN ANGUISH:
Beginning with the case of a Tamil priest killed by government forces, this video discusses the history of ethnic strife and human rights violations in Sri Lanka. 1986. 20 min. AIUSA video.
SUDAN: A NATION SCARRED:
Using footage from an AI mission to southern Sudan in 1994 and numerous testimonies from victims of human rights violations, this video explains the situation in Sudan and the violations committed by both government forces and the various wings of the Sudan People's Liberation Army. 1995. 31 min.
Episode of a British Channel 4 television series which looks at the physical and psychological effects of torture. Interviews survivors: a woman from an unnamed Latin American country, a former prisoner from the USSR and an American who had been a POW in Vietnam. 1984. 51 min.
THINK ABOUT TOMORROW
Various rock stars, including Sting, talk about AI and discuss the Human Rights Now! Concert tour. Excellent and popular video for high schools. 1991. 25 min. Made for AI's 30th Anniversary by AIUSA.
TO LIGHT A CANDLE:
Describes how AI's work relates to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and includes interviews with former prisoners of conscience and AI researchers. This serves as a superb introduction to AI, providing an overview of all aspects of the mandate and the way AI members carry out their work. 1989. 14 min.
TORTURE IN THE EIGHTIES:
A presentation of the Campaign for the Abolition of Torture by Thomas Hammarberg, former Secretary General of AI. Disturbing material from AI's medical and photographic files. Some audiences may find it too shocking. 1984. 13 min.
TURKEY CAMPAIGN VIDEO:
This tape includes three ten minute videos. The first, a Video News Access tape, includes footage of police breaking up a peaceful protest by families of the "disappeared." (Contains some testimony in Turkish without subtitles -- text is included in accompanying notes). The second video, "Prison of Fear" focuses on torture and the conflict in south-east Turkey. The third, "Eren Kreskin -- a Life Under Threat," focuses on the work of human rights lawyer Eren Kreskin. 1996. AI video. Total time 30 min.
TURKEY: WALLS OF GLASS:
Follows two members of an AI Netherlands police group who travel to Turkey to examine police work there. They conduct research into human rights violations in Turkey, particularly torture and ill-treatment in detention. 1993. 49 min.
UNITED NATIONS WORLD CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
Features live footage of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, 1993. Includes statements by the Dalai Lama, various women's groups, and Pierre Sane, Secretary General of Amnesty International. 1993. 23 min. AIUSA.
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS:
Produced for the Human Rights Now! concert tour. Covers the 30 articles of the Declaration with animation from 32 artists accompanied by the music of Laurie Anderson and David Byrne. 1988. 21 min.
URGENT ACTION NETWORK:
A profile of Canada's Urgent Action Network which explains the system from start to finish. 1992. 48 min.
URGENT ACTION SAVES LIVES:
Video profiling the Urgent Action Network in the United Kingdom. Excellent introduction to Amnestys work in this area. AIUK. 1998.
USA: THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY IN THE USA:
Well-crafted and interesting video which deals with the situation in the U.S. and articulates arguments against the death penalty. 1987. 30 min. AIUSA video.
USA: FIRST TUESDAY, DEATH ROW:
The story of paralegal Marie Deans struggle to rescue convicted prisoners from Virginias electric chair. This video includes interviews with lawyers and inmates as well as a graphic description by prison officials of how the death penalty is applied. 1986. 40 min.
USA: FOURTEEN DAYS IN MAY:
Charts the last fourteen days in the life of Edward Earl Johnson, a young black man executed in Mississippi in 1987 for the murder of a police officer. 90 min. 1987. BBC documentary.
USA: THE THIN BLUE LINE:
A documentary on the wrongful conviction of Randal Adams for murder in Texas. A good presentation of the serious flaws in the American judicial system. 1988. 60 min. Errol Morris T.V. production.
USSR: DANYLO SHUMUK: LIFE SENTENCE:
USSR dissident Danylo Shumuk comments on his 42 years imprisonment and how AI's efforts sustained him during his incarceration. 1987. 27 min. AI video.
THE VIENNA TRIBUNAL:
This National Film Board video highlights the moving stories of women from around the world who testified before a panel of eminent judges at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights. This film dramatically captures the abuses women suffer the world over and demands international recognition that women's rights are human rights. 48 min.
A VOICE FOR FREEDOM:
Interviews with Peter Benenson, who was instrumental in launching AI in 1961. Includes archive material from early 1960s as well as footage of AI members at work. Produced for Amnesty's 25th anniversary. 1986. 22 min.
WE KNOW YOU ARE ALIVE:
A production of American students, this video is an excellent visual presentation of someone being arrested and imprisoned for publishing information. With no dialogue, the entire video is set to rock music. Excellent as a background video for display purposes. 1989. 15 min.
WHEN THE STATE KILLS:
The death penalty is examined from a range of viewpoints, including those of former executioners, police officers, lawyers and family members of murder victims. Includes visits to the frontline of capital punishment in the Philippines, Trinidad and the USA. October films. 1995. 77 min.
WHO CAN BE SPONSORED: Private Sponsorship of Refugees in Canada:
Every year thousands of people are forced to flee their homelands. Persecuted, they scatter across the globe, seeking safe refuge in a violent world. For most, there is the hope of returning home after the end of the conflict. But there are refugees who can never go home and some that cannot safely remain in the countries that first give them temporary asylum. These refugees urgently need resettlement. They need sponsors who will give them the opportunity to rebuild their lives in a new home. Who can we sponsor to resettle here in Canada? This video will provide Canadian groups contemplating refugee sponsorship with an understanding of the criteria used by the Government of Canada to screen refugee applicants overseas. Featured in the video are on-camera interviews with recently arrived refugees, and people who have committed themselves to the challenge of sponsorship.2000. 20 minutes. Refugee Sponsorship training Program. Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
YOU TOO COULD BE ARRESTED:
Excellent video for high schools. Various rock stars talk about Amnesty. American students discuss their activities. 1990. 17 min. AIUSA.