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14th Summer School In Cinema Human Rights And Advocacy

August 26 @ 9:00 am - September 4 @ 1:00 pm

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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. The 10-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 76th Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

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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.

As part of the programme participants are required to watch and analyse a selection of human rights related screenings at the 76th 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 Keynote Lecture of the opening of the School will be held by Askold Kurov, film director and producer of The Trial: The State of Russia vs. Oleg Sentsov a documentary about Ukrainian film director and writer Oleg Sentsov, 2018 Sakharov Prize Laureate, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment on charges of plotting acts of terrorism and arms trafficking against the Russian ‘de facto’ rule in Crimea. Sentsov has maintained his innocence, survived a 145-days 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 have joined the #freeOlegSentsov campaign including world film celebrities and his name has become a source of inspiration for people who face oppression.


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The faculty of the School is composed by 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; William A. Schabas, Professor of International Law.

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Dates: 26 August – 4 September 2019

Deadline for enrolment: 31 May 2019

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August 26 @ 9:00 am
September 4 @ 1:00 pm
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Monastery of San Nicolò
Venice Lido, Venice 30126 Italy
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