Keith Center to host civil rights film festival

Wayne State University Law School's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights is proud to host the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education's inaugural RightsFest, a one-day, pan-ethnic, civil rights film festival from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Law School's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium.

In conjunction with the Rosa Parks Institute and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee of Michigan, the Korematsu Institute will present three movies that address civil rights issues: "Of Civil wrongs and rights: the Fred Korematsu story"; "Mighty times: the legacy of Rosa Parks"; and "USA vs. Al-Arian."

Following the screening, Korematsu Institute Director Ling Woo Liu will moderate a discussion with the following panelists: Imad Hamad, Michigan regional director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Peter Hammer, director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu and Korematsu Institute co-founder; and Anita Peek, executive director, Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute.

"We are honored to host this inaugural film festival," said Peter Hammer, Wayne Law professor and director of the Keith Center. "Stories and narratives are powerful. These documentaries bring to light important issues in the history of the struggle for civil rights. It is an exciting opportunity for residents of the Detroit community and beyond."

The films include:

* "Of civil wrongs and rights: the Fred Korematsu story"--Eric Paul Fournier's Emmy award-winning film about Fred Korematsu's heroic resistance to the U.S. government's Japanese American internment camps during World War II and his 40-year fight that turned a civil injustice into a civil rights victory.

* "Mighty times: the legacy of Rosa Parks"--Robert Houston's Academy Award-nominated film about Rosa Parks' act of defiance against segregated buses and the ensuing Montgomery Bus Boycott that overturned an unjust law and continues to inspire social justice advocates today.

* "USA vs Al-Arian"--Voted best film of the New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival, Line Halvorsen's film explores the arrest and two and a half year solitary confinement of a Palestinian-American professor accused of providing material support to a terrorist organization.

For additional information, visit http://korematsuinstitute.org/programs/events/rightsfest/ or http://keith-center.wayne.edu/.

Published: Thu, Oct 7, 2010

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