Stealing the Light: film and dialogue

Produced by Aimie Burns, Stealing the Light is a compelling documentary that captures Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti’s commitment to educating children in Afghanistan and the journey of this vow.

Dr. Kharoti enrolled in primary school at the age of twelve and became the first in his village to read and write. His life was never the same.

He is now the founder and president of Green Village Schools, a Portland, Oregon, non-profit which builds schools in Afghanistan by fostering schools that offer children a basic education and empower young people and their communities to become actively engaged in building a future of hope for their country.

Click here to watch a trailer of the film.

The City of Portland Office of Human Relations and Amnesty International USA Group 48 invite you to learn, explore, and dialogue with our guest speaker, Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti, founder and President of Green Village Schools, about education as a tool to empower and free children in Afghanistan. The dialogue will be led by Office of Human Relations staff and used as a space where we seek to understand, find commonalities, and share our experiences.

Date: Wednesday March 23, 2011

Time: 5:30-8:00PM

Location: Office of Human Relations, 5315 N Vancouver Ave, Portland

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The Response film and dialogue

The City of Portland Office of Human Relations has a monthly event called Human Rights Film and Dialogue Series that is held on the 4th Wednesday of each month. AIUSA Group 48 will be a partner for the event in September to showcase The Response — a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of Guantanamo Bay military tribunals. After the film, the Office of Human Relations staff will lead a dialogue with Federal Public Defender, Steven Wax and adjunct professor of Lewis and Clark Law School, Travis Hall.

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Time: 5:30–8:00PM

Location: Office of Human Relations, 5315 N Vancouver Ave, Portland

Steven Wax is a Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon. He and his team successfully worked to free six men formerly held as enemy combatants in Guantanamo. He is the author of the book, Kafka Comes to America: Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror – A Public Defender’s Inside Account.

Travis Hall is a former Army interrogator and Arabic linguist who later served as an Army Judge Advocate (“JAG”). He practices law in Portland for the firm Bateman Seidel and is an adjunct professor of international law and national security law & policy at Lewis and Clark College Law School.