The In Light Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (ILFF) aims to promote and support the intersections of human rights and ethnographic documentary film. ILFF is the only international human rights documentary film festival in Indiana—and amongst the few of its kind worldwide
to have a team formed exclusively of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students on a campus. The focus of the festival explores how documentary films can be used as effective teaching aids and, at the same time, as tools for public debate on contemporary socio-political issues. ILFF organizes events where students interested in professionally pursuing documentary film have a chance to learn firsthand from professionals and engage with documentary film in their own work. As a broader goal, ILFF events encourage students to bring human rights issues to a larger audience through documentary film.
Festival sponsors include the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Documentary Research and Practice, The Media School, the School of Global and International Studies, the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA), the Department for International Studies, Borns Jewish Studies Program, IU Center for Law, Society, and Culture, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and IU Cinema.