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January 18, 2013

CINEMATIC COURAGE

PEM hosts 10th annual Human Rights Film Festival

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“Salaam Dunk,” 3:15 p.m., Monday.

This takes place in Iraq and is the story of Iraqi women who are basketball players (from the American University of Iraq).

“We learn about their experiences since the American invasion of 2003,” Evans explained. “These women were never allowed to participate in sports, but even since 2003 they have to be very clandestine.”

They are also being coached by an American but she’s not always aware of their rules; like how the women have to be veiled if they want to exercise outdoors.

IF YOU GO

What: The 10th annual Human Rights Film Festival in recognition of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St., Salem, Mass.

When: Saturday, Jan. 19 through Monday Jan. 21. Reservations recommended online by Friday, Jan. 18.

How: Call (978) 745-9500, or visit http://www.pem.org/.

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