Cinema and Human Rights

From 26th June to the 5th July 2014, the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights successfully organized the 5th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) in Galway. The CHRA summer school took place at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Martin Ryan Institute’s lecture theatre. The facilitators reflected upon the use of film and video advocacy as an instrument for enhancing human rights awareness on critical social, political and environmental issues, as well as best practices to influence change. This year, nineteen students and professionals from Jordan, Myanmar, Uganda, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Finland, Norway, Spain and Turkey came together for the ten-day training course where ideas and projects were developed and challenged by internationally acclaimed experts in film, television and human rights. Topics developed by the participants covered public safety in Hong Kong; the absurd reality surrounding the Bedouin living in the Jordan Valley; political prisoners in Myanmar; access to healthcare in Jordan; school bullying in Ireland; housing difficulties faced by the young residents in New York city; the Wampanoag tribe from America; and other global issues such as the water crisis and refugees. The CHRA Summer School started in 2005 in Venice, Italy and since 2010 it receives the support of the Open Society Foundations (OSF). This year, three participants received a full scholarship to attend the summer school in Galway.