ACT Year-Round

Join the ACT Human Rights Film Festival for special screenings of must-see films that won’t come to Fort Collins anytime soon, if ever! Most screenings include talk back sessions with local experts and special guests and recognize the work of local nonprofits and organizations.

Native American Heritage Month

Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust | November 16, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. | The Lyric
| Free

Join CSU’s Native American Cultural Center, Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, and ACT Human Rights Film Festival for this free documentary screening and discussion.

About the film: At the foot of the majestic snow-capped Sierras, Manzanar, the WWII concentration camp, becomes the confluence for memories of Payahuunadü, the now-parched “land of flowing water.” Intergenerational women from Native American, Japanese American and rancher communities form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles.

Panel to follow, co-moderated by Native American Cultural Center Director Ty Smith and Asian Pacific American Cultural Center Director JoAnn Cornell.

Eric Ishiwata, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

Ron Hall, Tribal Transportation Program Manager, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University

Dir. Ann Kaneko, 2021, United States, 52 minutes.

Reserve your seat today.


Manzanar, Diverted: When Water Becomes Dust TRAILER 2 min from Ann Kaneko on Vimeo.

World premiere: HOMELANDS

Native American Heritage Month film presented by Trees, Water & People

Homelands is a short documentary Trees, Water & People helped produce that gives an intimate look at the Lakota tree planters’ reforestation efforts and explores their relationship to the land. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the screening will be held on 11/15 from 6-8:00 p.m. at The Lyric  for an evening of food, music, and a special Q&A panel following the film. Click here for more information on the film, event, and Trees, Water & People.

ALL THAT BREATHES | December 1, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. | The Lyric | pay-what-you-can

Presented in partnership with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery as part of the Earth Matters exhibit programming, ACT Year-Round brings All That Breathes to The Lyric for a must-see screening. All that Breathes is the first film in history to win the best documentary award at both the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.

About the film: In one of the world’s most populated cities, two brothers — Nadeem and Saud — devote their lives to the quixotic effort of protecting the black kite, a majestic bird of prey essential to the ecosystem of New Delhi that has been falling from the sky at alarming rates. Amid environmental toxicity and social unrest, the ‘kite brothers’ spend day and night caring for the creatures in their makeshift avian basement hospital. Director Shaunak Sen (Cities of Sleep) explores the connection between the kites and the Muslim brothers who help them return to the skies, offering a mesmerizing chronicle of inter-species coexistence.

Rocky Mountain Raptor Program will join the screening to share their mission and sharing about their rehabilitation and recovery efforts. Live birds will be present.

Click here for a list of previous ACT Year-Round programs.