This Wednesday marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Penned in 1948 in reaction to the atrocities of World War II, it states that all humans are due basic human rights, regardless of religion, gender, race, or beliefs. Today, it is often cited as the most translated document in the world. In celebration of this momentous anniversary, the Advocates for Human Rights and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center will host a screening of A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman. Filmed in the U.S., Argentina, and Chile in late 2006, the documentary follows playwright/activist/writer Ariel Dorfman, who served as a cultural advisor to socialist Chilean president Salvador Allende. Dorfman was one of only a few to survive the 1973 military coup that overthrew Allende. Promise follows Allende as he contemplates his experience as a survivor in exile and his longing for democracy.
Wed., Dec. 10, 6 p.m., 2008