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How to produce a human rights blockbuster, even if you have no movie-making skills

Thu, 13 September 2018#RightsCulture

Have you ever fancied becoming a top movie director? Participants at the 2018 Forum will learn the tips and tricks that screen greats would rather keep secret.

We have teamed up with this human world, organisers of the leading international film festival for human rights, to create a movie masterclass.

The 90-minute workshop will introduce storytelling techniques, present key filmmaking concepts and discuss different approaches to making movies.

Claudia Modonesi and Nick Danziger, who run Cinema Human Rights And Advocacy for the university in Vienna, will share their expertise.

Michael Schmied, director of this human world, explains: “Attendees will work in groups to develop a short story with a call to action. It is going to be very interactive and creative. Then the groups will pitch their stories and identify the key principles.

“It is always useful if you know different concepts and different approaches and you can adapt your approaches to the local situation.

“Film is a very important tool for discussing human rights. It works well when discussing topics that are usually discussed in a very institutional way.”

A second session run by this human world at the Forum will share ideas about producing a successful human rights film festival.

And then participants will be invited to screenings of two of this year’s most exciting human rights films: EXIT, by Karen Winther, and The Cleaners by Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck.

Each will be followed by a panel debate with experts to explore the issues raised in the films.

Michael says: “These are hot topics. EXIT deals with radicalisation, by accompanying people who have left violent, extremist movements. They used violence in a very brutal way, but they have stepped out of the movement.

“The Cleaners is really topical. It deals with content moderators installed by the big social media platforms: Google, Twitter, youTube…

“These big companies outsource the project to countries like the Philippines where they use people working in very hard conditions. They have to decide global world politics and what’s possible to stay and leave the internet.

“No one can be an expert in judging highly sensible topics in only a few seconds time.”

He adds: “It is really necessary to share these stories. We have a responsibility to show these things that are not discussed in the mainstream.

“this human world is a platform that provokes. We can’t show every conflict, or discuss every issue. But bringing up these topics in narratives is our responsibility as a cultural institution.”


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