Social Justice & Community Development: The Story of Uttaran

Posted by University of Pennsylvania on February 21, 2016

International Discussion Series: Social Justice & Community Development: The Story of Uttaran
Thursday, Feb 25th, 2016 6pm Fels Institute of Government – Spady Room

A documentary film written and directed by Lauren Hansen-Flaschen, a FELS alumni and former Penn Museum employee and current director of research at Visit Philadelphia, the city’s official visitor and tourism site. Shot in rural Bangladesh, the 30-minute film uncovers how a group of young Bangladeshi university students took on social justice issues in their community through individual outreach and empowerment. Over time, they established a human-rights NGO which now tackles a diverse set of major challenges such as the legal rights of women, education for poor and outcaste children, microfinance lending, and land ownership for the ultra poor population and disaster relief. The film is visually rich with rare footage of the remote villages, outcaste communities, flooded areas and village schools of the southwestern region of Bangladesh. Following the screening, there will be a group discussion regarding social justice issues in developing world and social and political kickbacks when traditional norms are challenged. Pizza & soft drinks will be served at the event!

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