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Women's Human Rights Film Series
Women's Human Rights Film Series

In partnership with The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, The Advocates presents a Women's Human Rights Film Series. Documentaries on a wide range of women's rights issues are screened, followed by discussion hosted by The Advocates' staff and guests. The screenings take place at Saint Paul Public Library branches and are free and open to the public. 


2014 - 2015 Women's Human Rights Film Series

Spring 2015 Women's Human Rights Series

"Small, Small Thing: The Olivia Zinnah Story"

Tues, Jan. 6 | 6:30 p.m.  jio

Highland Park Library, Hillcrest Auditorium,

1974 Ford Parkway,

St. Paul, MN

This award-winning documentary tells the compelling story of the case of 7-year-old rape victim Olivia Zinnah, who died in 2012 despite five years of medical treatments and the intervention of the Liberian government. Originally from a remote village in Liberia, Olivia and her mother are shunned by their tribe for seeking outside help. They are left stranded in Monrovia at the mercy of President Sirleaf's government, facing the most difficult decision of all. What price are they willing to pay for justice?

"Tall as the Baobab Tree"

Tues, Feb. 3 | 6:30 p.m.

Highland Park Library, Hillcrest Auditorium

1974 Ford Parkway

St. Paul, MN

This drama, with a cast made up of local villagers playing roles that mirror their own lives, was inspired by true stories from the Student Academy Award-nominated documentary, "This is Us," creatively led by students from the village of Sinthiou Mbdane. "Tall as the Baobob Tree" tells the story of Coumba and her plan to save her 11-year-old sister Debo from an arranged marriage in a small Senegalese village undergoing a generational paradigm shift in cultural norms.

 "Private Norms"

Mon. March 30 | 6:30 p.m. 

Merriam Park Library

1831 Marshall Avenue St.

St. Paul, MN

This film explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: the most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often ex) partners. Through the eyes of two survivors, we witness the complex reality of intimate partner violence. Their experiences challenge entrenched and misleading assumptions, providing a lens into a world locked behind closed doors with our silence, our laws and our lack of understanding. "Private Violence" behins to shape powerful, new questions that hold the potential to change our society.

"Scheherazade's Diary"

Mon. April 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Hamline Midway Library

1558 W. Minnehaha Ave.

St. Paul, MN

This engaging tragicomic documentary follows women inmates through a 10-month drama therapy/theater project set up in 2012 by director Zeina Daccache at the Baabda Prison in Lebanon. Through their unprecedented theater initiative entitled "Schherazade in Baabda," these "murderers of husbands, adulterers and drug felons" reveal their stories - tales of domestic violence, traumatic childhoods, failed marriages, forlorn romances, and deprivation of motherhood. The women of Baabda Prison share their personal stories, and in doing so, hold up a mirror to Lebanese society and all societies that repress women. 

For more details of the film screenings, check out our events calendar, or visit: The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library


Click here for the film series history.


If you have a film suggestion for a future series, please contact Sarah Herder at sherder@advrights.org or 612-746-4691.