New Paid Summer Internship:
Country Conditions Research Coordinator

ff020d22245014e1c75f7bf7e3c3c174_ddic_m3bx1_6wd1We’re seeking an exceptional full-time undergraduate (freshman, sophomore or junior) college student for an exciting paid summer internship through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program. This internship requires strong skills in research, writing, editing and a strong interest in human rights.

The candidate must be an undergraduate student who has completed his/her freshman year and is returning to school full-time in Fall 2013.

This ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program internship provides $2,750 for 8 weeks based on a 35-hour work week.

The Country Conditions Research Coordinator is responsible for researching and compiling information on country conditions experts. The intern will review HRI files, search the Internet, and contact experts on the political and cultural conditions in specific countries, in order to create a list which includes contact information for the experts. The country of origin information expert list will be posted on the HRI website and made accessible to pro bono attorneys and immigration practitioners. It is important for attorneys to have a database of country of origin experts because they often spend a significant amount of time searching for one.

Application Instructions: Qualified applicants please email your resume and cover letter to Patricia Melton, Director of Marketing & Revenue Development at by March 19, 2013.

Guest Blogger: Bentley Brown
In the Absence of Cinema

Abakar Chene Massar wrote and starred in Le Pèlerin de Camp Nou. Photo by Mahamat Ali Boukhary.

Abakar Chene Massar wrote and starred in Le Pèlerin de Camp Nou. Photo by Mahamat Ali Boukhary.

We waited out the midday heat in the shade of a hajlij tree as we always did, and Abakar Chene proposed that we start making films.

I was 16 at the time, and Abakar, slightly older, was the head a of local theatre troupe that performed comedy skits at weddings and special events. We had met on a soccer field three years earlier and had been friends since day one, sipping one glass of mint-muddied green tea at a time.

Armed with a Sony Handycam, we shot a ten-scene drama whose protagonist dabbles in HIV/AIDS conspiracy theories. I edited the film live on a VCR—record, pause, record—channeling live sound from a CD player through a four-track mixer.

It was amateur. It was on VHS. And it was projected one night onto the wall of the town FM radio station.

A hum of excited chatter overtook the audience—laughing perhaps in some places it shouldn’t. The smiles and hand-clapping afterward were accompanied by one complaint: “Why didn’t you use Chadian music? This is the first film we’ve ever seen from Chad—it’s missing Chadian music.”

It wasn’t the first film made in Chad. Years earlier, in 2000, Chadian actor Haikal Zakaria hit screens (or, more accurately, VCD players) as the lead character in Daresalam, perhaps the first Chadian feature-length narrative and certainly the first to garner an international distribution deal.

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