Center for Documentary Research and Practice


12:30 pm


8 hour 0 minutes


General Admission

In Light Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

Social and Political Trauma and Healing

location_on Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Thu, Mar 28, 2024
1 pm

In Light Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2024: Trauma and Healing

In Light 2024 invites you on an immersive journey into the powerful intersection of human rights, captivating narratives, and the art of documentary filmmaking. Experience eight thought-provoking documentaries that explore the profound link between social and political trauma and mental health. From the heart of motherlands in Africa to historic struggles worldwide to narratives of individual struggles, each film promises an intimate lens into compelling stories of resilience, empowerment, and healing.

The sixth edition of In Light brings together diverse voices from around the globe to the very heart of Bloomington, showcasing unique stories that often go untold. Be prepared to be moved by narratives that challenge, inspire, and open your eyes to the intricacies of human experience. By diving into post-screening discussions with filmmakers, scholars, and community members, In Light 2024 provides a platform where your voice matters as you engage in dialogues, share thoughts, ask questions, and gain deeper insights into the films and the pressing human rights issues they address. More than just showcasing global documentary films, In Light 2024 is a platform for change. Our goal is to elevate awareness, cultivate compassion, encourage inclusive dialogue, and ultimately drive positive change in how we perceive and support mental health globally.

This year, In Light will be holding two special screenings at the Buskirk Chumley Theater:

March 28th, 2024, at 1pm:
Alien Island (Isla Alien), a documentary film directed by Cristóbal Valenzuela
Countries: Chile, Italy
Runtime: 87 minutes

Synopsis: Chile, 1984. As a wave of UFO sightings — and a military dictatorship — sweep the country, a group of short-wave radio operators receive mysterious communications from a nearby island. Through the crackling voices, they learn that a highly developed extraterrestrial race has taken residence on Friendship Island and is offering the listeners the promise of a better world. Mixing shimmering, Twilight Zone-esque black-and-white sci-fi reenactments with lucid archival footage, this stranger-than-fiction story of supernatural intrigue follows both the citizens swept up in the mystery and Ernesto de La Fuente, the enigmatic man at its center. Uniquely stylized, utterly fascinating, and sharply witty, Alien Island goes beyond a tale of close encounters to reveal a far more insidious story of lies, accountability, and political oppression.

March 28th, 2024, at 4:15pm:
Eastern Front, a documentary film by Vitaly Mansky and Yevhen Titarenko
Countries: Russia; Ukrain
Runtime: 98 minutes

Synopsis: On February 24, 2022, Yevhen, together with his friends, volunteered to join the first aid squad on the front line. They provided life-saving support and evacuation of the wounded. This film reveals the experiences of these young men for six months full of drama, despair, fear, hatred, bitterness, love, and, most importantly, faith in victory.

In Light 2024 is thankful to its partners Center for Documentary Research and Practice (CDRP), The Media School (IU), Centerstone, Redbud Books, Indiana University Cinema, Black Film Center & Archive (BFCA) for their support in helping In Light realize its mission.

For more information and complete schedule of the festival, follow us at:
Website: InLight Film Festival: Student Initiatives: Center for Documentary Research and Practice: Indiana University
Instagram: @inlightfilmfestival
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Content Warning:  Films may contain troubling content such as violence and flashing lights.