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The ACT Human Rights Film Festival, produced by Colorado State University, seeks to awaken, connect, and transform individuals and communities through human rights cinema. In its second year, the festival launched a special student filmmaker program, celebrating excellence in the field of socially conscious cultural production. During the festival, we screened four short films, all made by student filmmakers.
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2017 Official Selections
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‘Not Yours’ is a short documentary on sexual assault and harassment. With the spotlight being on the president who openly bragged about touching and kissing others without their consent, Not Yours is made to express the seriousness and reality of this issue.
Anchitta Noowong (Kitty) was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She moved to United States in 2014 to pursue her filming career. Anchitta is currently majoring in film production and minoring in business at Portland State University in Portland, OR. Her career goal is to become an Asian female film director who makes film that matters. In addition, she hopes to bring Thai films to western audiences.
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Overcome follows Richard and the battles in overcoming homelessness. In 2008, the United States faced the largest economic collapse since the Great Depression and the fallout was enormous. Richard was one of many people that lost his stable income and had to face a new reality. These hardships in his life made him face years of unsheltered homelessness in Boise, ID.
Without realizing it filmmaking has been a part of my life from a very young age. After graduation I hope to pursue a career in film and television. I want to learn as much as I can about filmmaking but ultimately I want to be the producer that shares beautiful stories with the world. – Estefany Vega, Boise State University, Class of 2017
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The issue of transgender rights is one that is oft discussed, but many people have not actually had the opportunity to meet or talk to a transgender person. In TRANSaction: Stepping Out of The Closet, we hear about the experiences of transgender high school students while wardrobe shopping.
Bridget Galaty is in her senior year of high school at Denver School of the Arts (DSA) in the Video Cinema Arts (VCA) program. She is a committed film student, and her work has a particular emphasis on documentaries. In the future, Bridget hopes to continue making films that have a positive impact on her community.
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What if the everyday routine of the world suddenly breaks?
Tzu-Hsin Yang, also known as Cindy Yang, graduated from Taipei National University of the Arts Animation Department and currently a Character Animation student at California institute of the Arts. I love to travel and record my life experience through drawings and films. To me, animation is always a media to express what I observed and feeling about this world. It’s a influential way to communicate ideas with others. I’m hoping to create more films that reminds people about some of the most important things in life.