Applications being accepted for the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy
- The 14th edition of the summer school will take place from 26 August-4 September in Venice, during the 76th Venice International Film Festival
The 14th edition of the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the Global Campus of Human Rights and Picture People, which will take place from 26 August-4 September 2019 at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice, Italy, during the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
The summer school is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding of the links between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy; to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human-rights issues; and to learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.
The programme (click here for more details) will include lectures, discussions and working groups combining human-rights expertise, media studies and video advocacy strategies. A practical workshop will introduce the key concepts of storytelling and storyboarding, and the basic techniques of mobile filmmaking and editing for social media, providing participants with the basic skills necessary to develop a short film/media/advocacy project to be pitched during the school’s final session. All participants will have access to the festival screenings through an accreditation pass, and will meet the filmmakers, jury members and critics invited to discuss their work within the school’s programme.
The faculty of the school is made up of internationally acclaimed experts in film, media, photography and human rights, such as: Nick Danziger, photographer and filmmaker; Claudia Modonesi, media trainer; Charlotte Lindsey–Curtet, director of Digital Transformation and Data at ICRC; Koen De Feyter, professor of International Law; Christopher Hird, Dartmouth Films founder and managing director; Kelly Matheson, WITNESS programme manager; Emma Sandon, senior lecturer in Film and Television; and William A Schabas, professor of International Law.
The Keynote Lecture to mark the opening of the school will be held by Askold Kurov, the director and producer of The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov, a documentary about Ukrainian film director and writer Oleg Sentsov, the 2018 Sakharov Prize winner, who was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment on charges of arms trafficking and plotting acts of terrorism against the Russian de facto rule in Crimea. Sentsov has maintained his innocence, survived a 145-day hunger strike while in prison, and continued calling for the immediate release of all Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia. Many human-rights groups and personalities, including world-renowned film celebrities, have joined the #freeOlegSentsov campaign, and his name has become a source of inspiration for many people who face oppression.
Applications for the summer school are open until 31 May 2019. Click here to apply.
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