The people who arrange human rights film festivals (and the majority of the people who come to such festivals) believe that an hour of after-effect is a start. Some believe that the very medium of independent documentary film will in itself affect viewers for longer than a week. The festival programmer can indeed depend on the impact of the films themselves by selecting films such as the cringing/amusing The Yes Men Fix the World, the uplifting Crude that gives hope to all underdogs, and/or the intellectually stimulating Encirclement. Q and A’s can also be arranged to expand on the film itself. But if (and that “if” is the crux of the matter) personal interaction with other festival attendees is somehow engineered, the lasting impression can be too deep to ever shrug off.

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