At the in-person opening of the 16th Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy Summer School, Manfred Nowak, secretary general for Global Campus of Human Rights, asked participants to think about the meaning of children’s rights and what real achievements might look like.
Concepts like universal freedom, protection, dignity, autonomy and equity rose to the top. These ideas will form the base upon which participants in this year’s summer school will learn to use storytelling to advance children’s rights.
This year’s programming started on Thursday, Aug. 26 with a virtual webinar hosted by Emma Sandon, senior lecturer in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.
Participants have since gathered from around the globe in Venice, Italy to begin the in-person programming offered through a partnership between Picture People and the Global Campus of Human Rights. Over the next 10 days, our cohort will engage in workshops on visual stories for change, view and discuss several films, meet with filmmakers, attend a theater performance and present their own project ideas.
The school is aimed at young 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. Our programming is designed to provide a safe, culturally rich and collaborative environment where diversity and inclusivity are embraced, original and critical thinking is encouraged, skills are honed, creativity is unleashed and networking with experts from the human rights arena and professionals from the film industry at the 78th Venice international Film Festival is supported.
Through this work, we are preparing and inspiring a new generation of visual changemakers dedicated to delivering social change to children and young people. We hope you’ll follow along on their journey.