Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy
The 15th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) and Picture People. The 11-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 77th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.
GC launched the summer school programme in 2005 and was meant to be a one-off event but given the success of that initial programme, the summer school ran for another four years in Venice before moving in 2010 to the Huston School of Film & Digital Media part of the National University of Ireland in Galway where it flourished for other six years. Since 2017 the Summer School is back to its birthplace in Venice Lido.
The Summer School offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions, working groups and a storytelling workshop that combine human rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies. The seven sessions develop issues relating to The Role of the Media and Films in Advancing Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, The Role of the New Media during Conflict, Production of Social Documentaries and Impact Distribution. Each module is illustrated by film, digital media, or documentary screenings.
The storytelling workshop introduces storytelling and storyboarding key concepts, techniques and exercises that provide participants with the basic skills to develop a short film / media /advocacy project to be pitched during the school’s final session. For the purpose of this workshop, participants will work and be tutored in small groups.
As part of the programme participants are required to watch and analyse a selection of human rights related screenings at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Whenever possible, filmmakers, jury members and critics from the cinema world are invited to discuss their work with the Summer School participants. Participants will be given a Cinema category accreditation pass to the Film Festival giving access to a selection of festival screenings.
The school programme may be subject to changes during the film festival period in order to accommodate festival screenings and meetings with festival’s personalities with teaching sessions.
Target: Graduates, professionals of the human rights, media, NGO, advocacy and the third (voluntary) sector and anyone who uses or is interested in using audio-visual media as a tool for promoting social change are encouraged to apply to the Summer School.
The School selects a maximum of 30 participants.
Eligibility: Participants are selected on the basis on their motivation, practice and commitment to human rights, advocacy and media issues as well as their background and professional experiences. Gender and regional balance is taken into account in order to form a heterogenous group.
Course language: all courses will be held in English. It is, therefore, essential that all participants understand and speak English fluently.
Certificate: All participants attending the course will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the course including attendance to selected festival screenings.
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