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United Nations Association Film Festival

Thursday, October 18, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, October 28, 2018 (All day)
Various Locations

This year's United Nations Association Film Festival includes several documentaries relevant to issues of the North American West. Tickets are available now.

The organizers write:

The 21st UNAFF will be held from October 18-28, 2018 in Palo Alto, Stanford University, East Palo Alto, and San Francisco. This year’s theme TOMORROW? continues a two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, emphasizing the complexity of our current moment and exploring possible paths emanating from it into the future.


Thursday, October 18

Palo Alto, Aquarius Theater, 430 Emerson Street

Poisoning Paradise

(US, 77 min) — 7:45 PM
Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, whose communities are surrounded by experimental test sites for genetically engineered seed corn and pesticides sprayed upwind of their homes, schools, hospitals, and shorelines. Discover what's at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of environmental injustice on a local population.


Sunday, October 21

Palo Alto, Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road

Skid Row Marathon

(US, 85 min) — 7:45 PM
A criminal court judge starts a running club on L.A.'s skid row, where he trains a motley group of homeless people to run international marathons. When a criminal court judge starts a running club on LA’s notorious skid row and begins training a motley group of addicts and criminals to run marathons, lives begin to change. Skid Row Marathon follows four runners as they rise from the mean streets of LA to run marathons around the world, fighting the pull of homelessness and addiction at every turn.

From Baghdad to the Bay

(Iraq/US, 68 min) — 4:30 PM
From Baghdad to The Bay follows the epic journey of Ghazwan Alsharif, an Iraqi refugee and former translator for the U.S. military. Wrongfully accused of being a double agent, tortured by the U.S. military and ostracized from family and country, we follow Ghazwan as he struggles to rebuild his life in the San Francisco Bay Area while coming out as an openly gay activist.


Saturday, October 27

Stanford University, Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way

The Providers

(US, 88 min) — 8:30 PM
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, thus film follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system.


Sunday, October 28

Stanford University, Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building, 355 Roth Way

Jihad in Hollywood

(Syria/US, 26 min) — 2:30 PM

Once a successful Syrian actor, Jihad Abdo has now arrived in Hollywood as a refugee and struggles to reinvent his life and renew his career. Jihad made an off the record comment against the brutal Assad Regime which was publicized and widely disseminated. He was then forced to flee Syria for fear of deadly repercussions. He came to the US to join his wife Fadia who was studying in Michigan and building upon her career in abstract art and human rights activism. Jihad in Hollywood is not only a personal window into the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, but the story of one man's quest to reclaim his career and live the American Dream.