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UNH to Host New Haven International Film Festival and Human Rights Summit

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11/3/2015 12:00 AM

Film Festival, Sold, 500px Nov. 3, 2015

WEST HAVEN, CONN. - The University of New Haven will host the New Haven International Film Festival and Human Rights Summit on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 11 p.m., at Bucknall Theater in Dodds Hall.

The program is sponsored by the New Haven International Film Festival, a part of the Connecticut Film Festival. The festival will take place from Wednesday, Nov. 11 to Nov. 14 at Gateway Community College, and it then moves to UNH on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 14.

The festival will showcase more than 100 films with an emphasis on human rights, human trafficking, ERA, LGBTQI and fair trade topics.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online. (New Haven Film Fest - Nov. 11-14, 2015) Students will save 25 percent by using the discount code NHIFF.

The program will begin at 5 p.m. with a talk by Jeffrey Blom, founder and president of the Global Sentry Group, titled “Real Solutions in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Global Sentry Group is an organization that targets those who oppress and enslave others through trafficking and sexual predation.

Blom has nine years of international anti-human trafficking experience. He has more than 27 years in law enforcement, investigations, police training and security. He has conducted close to 500 undercover operations in 19 countries and has interviewed more than 30 survivors of human trafficking.

At 7 p.m., the award-winning film SOLD will be shown followed by a discussion about human-trafficking both globally and locally. The discussion will be led by Blom and Tim Palmbach, professor and chair of forensic sciences in the UNH College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences and executive director of the UNH Henry C.  Lee Institute of Forensic Science. The discussion will be moderated by Jim Amann, former Connecticut Speaker of the House of Representatives.

SOLD is the story of a 13 year-old girl who lives in the mountains of Nepal. Her stepfather accepts an advance for her to work as a domestic servant in Kolkata, India, but she is trafficked and mistreated.

Details of the films and talks at Gateway Community College are available on the festival’s website:

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