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After 6 years in Galway, the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy returns to Venice Lido in collaboration with the European Inter University Centre for Human and Democratization (EIUC) and in association with the Venice International Film Festival.

The 12th Summer School will run at the Monastero San Nicolo’ in Venice Lido from August 20 to September 3, 2017. The 7 days intense programme is addressed to students and young professionals of human rights in the film, media and advocacy sectors wishing to broaden their understanding on the connection between film, media and human rights, share ideas, foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world present at the Venice Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.  

More information about the program and call for application will be made available in January 2017.


Change the way people see the world

Are you interested in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy?
Then this summer school is for you.

7 day intensive training course on sensitive issues related to film, human rights and advocacy.

Specifically for filmmakers, human rights activists, NGO staff, students and whoever adopts audiovisual media as a communication tool in their work are welcome to participate. This course will take a maximum of 23 participants and is carried out in English at a cost of €650 to include all teaching and materials (this does not include accommodation or transport).  There are some sponsored places available please specify in the application form.

The call for applications for the 12th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy summer school, co-organized by the Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media in NUIG, is now open.

12th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy
28 August - 3 September 2017, Venice Lido,  Italy

This Summer School programme has for the last 10 years attracted young talented filmmakers and professionals from across the world who wish to engage in an exciting training course where ideas and projects are shared, developed and challenged by fellow participants and internationally acclaimed experts of film, television, photography and human rights.

Cinema and Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a training initiative offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights, part of the National University of Ireland, Galway and supported by the Open Society Foundations.

The Summer School is led by Nick Danziger an internationally renowned practitioner in the field of human rights documentary making. The 10-day programme consists of eight teaching sessions, workshops and film screenings that combine human rights expertise and media studies. Sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Producing Social Documentaries, the Role of Media in Period of Conflict and Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films. Each module is illustrated by film or documentary screenings.

Elements of the summer school include information on the fundamentals of human rights, how to raise awareness of human rights on camera, developing a project proposal and how these ideas should be pitched.

For more information please email us on info@chra.ie.
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"I often think nostalgically of that Summer School in Venice, and the wonderfully invigorating and informative experience it was. I am so glad that the initiative is going ahead, in a fresh place with new dynamics."

"Superb! I enjoyed every single minute of this inspiring course and I wish to continue on the same pace."

"I am impressed! Relaxed environment encouraged group discussions. Intro, screening and discussions proved to be a good format. Enjoyable and informative."

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