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United Nations Film Festival - Pasadena

UNA Pasadena

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM (PDT)

United Nations Film Festival - Pasadena

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Two-Day Ticket Ended $15.00 $1.74
One Day Ticket - Wednesday Oct. 23 Ended $10.00 $1.49
One Day Ticket - Thursday Oct. 24 Ended $10.00 $1.49
Student/Member Ticket - Wed. Oct. 23 Ended $5.00 $1.24
Student/Member Ticket - Thurs. Oct. 24 Ended $5.00 $1.24

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The United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter cordially invites you to attend our third annual UN Film Festival on Oct. 23rd-24th in honor of UN Day!

This film festival highlights documentaries about issues that face the entire world, and the role we play as a part of that world! Topics include the status of women and girls, HIV/AIDS, polio, disability, and the role of youth in international decision-making. See below for film synopses and schedule.

The festival will be held for two nights at Laemmle's Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, on Wednesday October 23rd and Thursday October 24th. Tickets are $10 per night, or $15 for both nights. Students and members of UNA Pasadena get discounted tickets at only $5 per night!

Films will begin at 6:15 on Wednesday and at 5:30 on Thursday, and will run no later than 10:30 pm. Panels with featured filmmakers will be included during the festival, so that you can ask questions directly of those making these amazing films!

A reception will be held on Wednesday October 23rd at El Portal Restaurant, across the street from the theater at 695 East Green Street, from 5:00-6:00. Filmmakers and local leaders will be in attendance. Cost of admittance to the reception will be $10, to be paid at the door.

Please RSVP to our event on Facebook at, and contact us at if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you there!

A collection of posters for the films featured at our festival!



2013 UNA Pasadena Film Festival Program


Wednesday, October 23rd :

Reception at El Portal 5 to 6pm

Program begins at 6:15pm

6:20pm The Rider and the Storm- a New York iron worker loses everything in Superstorm Sandy, including his surfboard-will he find solace in the ocean once again? Directed by Bryn Mooser and David Darg (16min)

6:40pm Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers form a cooperative to build peace & economic prosperity. Directed by Curt Fissel (47 min)

7:30pm Panel with Filmmakers

8:05pm Birhan’s Story- an Ethiopian story of the “the poster child for starvation” who, against all odds, lived. Directed by Bosse Lindquist (5min)

8:10pm Rags to Pads- A determined husband works to address the dismal state of menstrual hygiene among women in India. Directed by Chithra Jeyeram (3min)

8:15pm Get Together Girls: the remarkable story of an Italian woman who left her career, moved to Kenya, & helped 6 young women empower themselves with a sewing business. Directed by Vanessa Crocini (75min)

Thursday, October 24th: UN Day & World Polio Day

Program Begins at 5:30

5:40pm Jimmy: Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, campaigns daily for disabled rights. Nothing can stop him, especially not his own cerebral palsy. Directed by Martin Smith (14 min) 

5:55pm One Plastic Beach: A couple picks up debris on Kehoe beach in Northern California & uses it to create unique, thermoplastic works of art. Directed by Eric Slatkin (8min)

6:05pm YO!- an introduction to the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations and how she is inspiring students to be more involved in the political process. Directed by Matthew Bardocz (10min)

6:15 Girl Up discussion

6:30pm Girl Rising:  a groundbreaking film about 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries that showcases the strength of the human spirit. Directed by Richard Robbins (101min)

8:15 pm The Shot Felt ‘Round the World- an inspiring film on the development of the Salk polo vaccine. Directed by Tjardus Greidanus (10min)

8:30pm How to Survive a Plague- the Oscar-nominated film that tells the story of two coalitions, ACT UP and TAG, whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Directed by David France (110min)

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When & Where

Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM - Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 PM (PDT)

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UNA Pasadena

The United Nations Association Pasadena Chapter is a non-profit organization that strives to educate, inspire, and mobilize the community around international issues and is commiting to fostering a strong U.S. presence in the United Nations. You can find out more about our organization and upcoming events at 

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