Film Screenings and Discussions

During her 70 years as a nun, Sister Maria Rosa Leggol helped over 87,000 Honduran children escape poverty and violence through an ecosystem of social, educational, and entrepreneurial projects, inspiring an international network of supporters to expand her work. With This Light poetically interweaves the compelling present-day stories of two of the teenagers she helped with the epic life and noble actions of Sister Maria Rosa.

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Watch the panel discussion featuring Kerry Kennedy, the With This Light film team, and Carolina Diaz of Notre Dame Academy Girls High School as they explore the documentary of Sister Maria Rosa Leggol, known colloquially as the “Mother Teresa of Honduras.”

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‘With This Light’ panel examines Honduran nun’s social justice legacy
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In Descendant, award-winning filmmaker Margaret Brown returns to her hometown of Mobile, Alabama, to document the search for and historic discovery of the Clotilda, the last known ship to arrive in the United States, illegally carrying 110 kidnapped Africans. Today, the residents of Africatown, just north of Mobile, count the Clotilda survivors among their ancestors. The new documentary brings their stories to light and shows how events that unfolded more than a century ago continue to have lasting repercussions several generations later.

Watch the pre-recorded panel discussion

Watch the panel discussion featuring Director Margaret Brown; Dr. Kern, a folklorist at the University of South Alabama and co-writer of the film; Veda Tunstall, a direct Clotilda descendant and Africatown community activist; Anasa Troutman, founder of the Big We foundation; and Jayda Howard of New Harmony High School. 

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Building on the film’s examination of the long-term impacts of systemic racism, this panel of educators and students shares ideas for talking about race in the classroom. 

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Filmed across two turbulent years, In Her Hands tells the story of Zarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors and the youngest to ever hold the position. The film documents her fight for survival against the backdrop of her country’s accelerated unraveling. As Western forces announce their retreat and the Taliban start their sweep back to power, Zarifa and women across the country face a new reality. Amid these tectonic changes, Zarifa must make the most difficult decision of her life.

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Featuring Tamana Ayazi and Marcel Mettelsiefen, Directors of In Her Hands; moderated by Lead Educator Meredith Towne and students Jordan Landeros and Mohamed Camara

Watch the debrief

A discussion of human rights issues raised in In Her Hands featuring Kristi Ueda, the 2021-2023 Donald M. and Susan N. Wilson Fellow at RFK Human Rights and member of the International Advocacy and Litigation Team

Film Guide
Background information about Afghanistan and Zarifa Ghafari

From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters, Yusra and Sara Mardini, embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use. Both have used their voices to speak out about their experience, an experience shared by countless refugees. Based on a true story.

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Featuring Yusra Mardini, Matthias Schweighöfer, and Director Sally El Hosaini, moderated by students Jordan Landeros and Mohamed Camara of the Academy for Software Engineering (23:45)

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A discussion of human rights issues raised in The Swimmers featuring Anthony Enriquez, Vice President of U.S. Advocacy and Litigation at RFK Human Rights, who has extensive experience in child refugee protection, immigrants’ rights, and anti-detention advocacy and litigation

Film Guide
Background Information about Syria and the Mardini sisters

Speaker Series

Watch ‘Article 19: Freedom of Opinion and Expression, A Conversation About Common Sense Challenges to Book Banning and Challenges’

During a time when over 1,477 books have been banned nationwide, Peter Bromberg, Associate Director for Every Library, discusses book banning and its implications for the nation’s schools and beyond. Moderated by Milo Bisgaier of George School. (1 hour)


Watch ‘Human Rights During Conflict—Investigating Conflict-Related Sexual Slavery’

Without acknowledging its use of conflict-related sexual violence against women during World War II, Japan can’t move forward, and survivors and their families can’t meaningfully heal from the historical harm it caused, according to Dr. Jongwoo Han, President of the Korean War Veterans Digital Memorial Foundation Foundation. In this speaker series event, moderated by lead educator Mona Al-Hayani, Han shares the history of “comfort women,” emphasizing the importance of education in healing from the past and preventing harm in the future. (45 minutes)

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Watch ‘Speak Truth to Power: ‘Protecting Women and Children – from Policy to Enforcement’

Protections for women and children fleeing abusive situations are often inadequate, at best, or non-existent. In this speaker series event, Danielle Pollack, Policy Manager at the National Family Violence Law Center, discusses Kayden’s Law and other efforts to protect women and children. Moderated by Madelyn Campbell of Science Hill High School. (24 minutes)


In February of 2022, Kateryna Yushchenko, former First Lady of Ukraine and board member of Nizami Ganjavi International Center spoke with RFKHR about the potential invasion of Ukraine, but said she remained hopeful that war would be averted. In this one year follow-up, Kateryna details the impacts of the continued war in Ukraine and discusses the human rights issues caused by the conflict as well as the resiliency of the Ukrainian people. Moderated by Carolyne Sauda of Bangor High School. (57 minutes)

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In this speaker series event, Dr. Helen Bond, a professor for Howard University’s School of Education, discusses United Nations’ sustainable development goal target 4.7 which seeks to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” and to “promote sustainable development” through transformative education. Moderated by Meredith Joo of King School. (1 hour)

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Emir Suljagić, the director of the Srebrenica Memorial Center and a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide, examines the long-term impacts of the Srebrenica genocide and discusses the steps necessary to prevent similar atrocities in the future. Moderated by Sevde Güleryüz of George School. (59 minutes)

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