2nd Annual United Nations Association Film Festival

You don’t need experience in international relations in order to appreciate the films being screened at the four-day United Nations Association Film Festival. The movies examine political problems around the world, with topics such as crimes against humanity (The Reckoning, from the Congo), honor killing (Dishonored, from Pakistan) and environmental activism (Crude, from Ecuador). There’s also antiwar sentiment (Soldiers of Peace, from Australia) and race relations (Prom Night in Mississippi, from the USA). The program features more than a dozen films, including shorts — which, unfortunately, isn’t enough to spotlight all of our global problems. Screening times vary. Through January 30. University of St. Thomas, 4001 Mt. Vernon. For information, call 713-667-7044 or visit www.unahouston.org. $7 to $75.
Jan. 27-30, 6 p.m., 2011
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D.L. Groover has contributed to countless reputable publications including the Houston Press since 2003. His theater criticism has earned him a national award from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia (AAN) as well as three statewide Lone Star Press Awards for the same. He's co-author of the irreverent appreciation, Skeletons from the Opera Closet (St. Martin's Press), now in its fourth printing.
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