Amnesty films come to Whitehorse

Friday night, human rights take centre stage in Whitehorse at the Amnesty International Film Festival.

Friday night, human rights take centre stage in Whitehorse at the Amnesty International Film Festival.

This is the second year that the film festival has come here.

Ten documentaries exploring human rights issues across the world will be shown throughout the weekend at the Alpine Bakery.

Thursday, Don Wright, director of Amnesty International BC/Yukon, spoke with high school students in Haines Junction.

“They were very open to what I had to say,” said Wright.

“I think they were beginning to understand the fact that in Canada we enjoy a full range of human rights but elsewhere in the world people still struggle to enjoy basic rights.

“And we can use our voice to speak out for those that can’t speak out for themselves.”

Many of the students expressed interest in becoming involved with amnesty and its letter writing campaigns, said Wright.

There are currently 450 high school amnesty groups across Canada.

But it’s definitely not just for kids.

A meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday to discuss the launch of the Whitehorse Action Circle.

The group plans to meet monthly for Amnesty International letter writing and education.

Entry to the film festival is by donation.

Friday’s film, A World Without Water, shows at 8 p.m. at the Alpine Bakery.

For complete show times and descriptions of the films, visit www.amnesty.ca/filmfest.