The Advocates for Human Rights will co-host a reception featuring Minneapolis-based Iraqi authors and filmmakers from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 24, in the Schulze Hall Atrium on the University of St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
The event is organized by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, the International Leadership Program at the University of St. Thomas, and the Veterans Book Project. The featured Iraqi authors and filmmakers are refugees and immigrants who participated in Veterans Book Project workshops with IARP and The Advocates in 2012.
The reception is free and open to the public, and will include screenings of four short Iraqi-produced films, and books written by Iraqis and by American veterans. There will be opportunities to meet and talk with the filmmakers and authors.
Each book and film to be featured at the reception tells the story of an individual who has experienced the recent American-led wars. Iraqis who made books include a medical student, a refugee recently arrived in Minneapolis, and a high school student. Each individual book and film re-deploys volatile images with the aim of re-articulating and refashioning memories.
“What I say might sound serious or even extraordinary to you, but in truth it is only a small fraction of what most Iraqis go through,” said one Iraqi author on the Veterans Book Project. “The challenges endured by the Iraqi people comprise some of the worst situations imaginable, from the start of civilization until now.”
The films and books are available free of charge on IARP’s website, www.iraqiartproject.org. The resources were created in cooperation with the Veterans Book Project, artist Monica Haller, and filmmaker Nathan Fisher. The curriculum is available on The Advocates’ website at http://www.discoverhumanrights.org/uploads/final_iraqi_voices_teaching_guide.pdf.