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CHRA Summer School




Applications for the Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School are still open


Calling all creatives, filmmakers, artists, academics, storytellers and citizen journalists

The 17th 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 school is aimed at professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media, and video advocacy, and learn how to use film as a tool for social change. The 10-day programme provides a safe, culturally rich, and collaborative environment where diversity and inclusivity are embraced, original and critical thinking is encouraged, skills are honed, and creativity is unleashed.  Networking with experts from the human rights arena and professionals from the film industry at the 79th Venice international Film Festival is also supported and encouraged.


The programme focuses on the rights of children and young people in the broader framework of human rights protection and promotion. The course is designed to appeal to professionals from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and experiences.

Key Facts 

  • The Summer School runs from 29 August to 7 September 2022

  • Application deadlines are:

    • Scholarship applicants: 30 April 2022

    • Self-funded applicants: 22 July 2022

  • The course will be held at the Monastery of San Nicolò, Venice Lido, Italy 

  • All lectures, practical workshops, film screenings are in-person 


Why choose this course?

  • Gain an advanced understanding of the intersection between, visual media, human rights, and advocacy

  • Experience a world-class film festival 

  • Network with like-minded people and international experts from around the world 

  • Receive guidance and mentoring from faculty on individual projects on a voluntary basis

Course Objective

The aim of the course is to equip participants with a better understanding of the intersection between visual media, human rights and advocacy, and to provide skills and best practices on how to use visual media in the fields of human rights research, and advocacy.


Course Structure and Content

The course involves lectures, practical workshops, working groups, tutorials, film screenings and film discussions.

During and beyond teaching activities, students will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and connect with inspiring people through peer learning, facilitators’ mentoring, and interaction with film industry experts present at the Venice International Film Festival.

The school covers the following core themes:

  • Introduction to Human Rights with a focus on Children Rights 

  • Human Rights Representation in Films

  • Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy

  • Children and Trauma

  • Best practice when facing challenging circumstances

  • Storytelling for Social Change

  • Ethical Challenges in Documentary Filmmaking

  • Social Impact Documentary Production

  • Impact Strategy and Distribution


To apply and learn more about the application process 

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