Cinema and Human Rights

From 27th of June to the 6th of July 2013, the Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights successfully organized the 4th Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) in Galway. The CHRA summer school took place in the seminar room of the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, and reflected upon the use of film and video advocacy as an instrument for enhancing human rights awareness on critical social, political and environmental issues, and to influence change.

This year, fifteen students and professionals from Jordan, India, Hong Kong, Myanmar, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, USA, UK, Ireland, Denmark, and Australia joined together for a ten-day training course, where ideas and projects were developed and challenged by internationally acclaimed experts of film, television and human rights. During the course of the school participants were given the opportunity to screen their current or past documentaries and discuss it with their fellow participants

This year’s program included the possibility for participants to assist to films screenings at Films That Matter, a three-day human rights film-screening event organized in collaboration with Amnesty International Ireland and Galway One World Centre. The screened films touched on the issues of freedom of expression, refugee protection, and LGBT rights, etc.

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.