Sari Soldiers screening

In anticipation of the upcoming International Humans Rights Film Festival being held in Toronto the Ryerson Human Rights Film Festival Students Committee, in conjunction with Human Rights Watch Canada, presented a free screening of the film Sari Soldiers at Ryerson on Thursday, February 5, 2009. The film, which is being presented at this year’s festival, told the powerful story of six women and their heroic efforts to shape the future of Nepal in the context of an oppressive monarchy and an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents. The film was successful in transporting viewers into a world completely different than the one we know in Canada and had a profound impact on many audience members.

In addition to having the privilege of viewing this important film, attendants of the screening were treated to a short talk from founder of the Toronto International Film Festival and former Executive Director and current Chair of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Helga Stephenson. Helga informed the audience about the essential work performed by Human Rights Watch and filled us in on her own personal journey that led her to become involved with the organization.

The film festival, which is being from February 24 – March, 5, 2009, offers students the exciting opportunity to learn about important human rights issues going on worldwide. Furthermore, because Ryerson is home to a Human Rights Film Festival Student Committee our students are able to purchase tickets for the festival at the discounted price of $5 each.

For festival details, please visit the web site:

To order tickets (at the special Ryerson student of $5 per screening), please e-mail and let them know which shows you are interested in and the number of tickets you are looking for.

To learn more about Human Rights Watch, please visit their web site:
I hope to see you all at the festival.

Until next time,


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