CENDEP hosts ninth annual Human Rights Film Festival

Thursday, 03 March 2011

The Human Rights Film Festival is running in venues across Oxford until 11 March.

The Human Rights Film Festival is running in venues across Oxford until 11 March. Screenings are free and organised by students at the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) at Oxford Brookes University, celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.

The ninth annual CENDEP Festival is focusing on the role of the arts in shaping our understanding about global issues which, for the first time in the festival's history, has sparked involvement from local art organisations. Sixth form students at Cheney School and graffiti artist Kleiner Shames have created the advertising being exhibited in the venues. Films are being screened at the Jam Factory, Magdalen College auditorium, East Oxford Community Centre, the Oxford Synagogue, the Old Bookbinders in East Oxford and Headington Hill Hall at Oxford Brookes University.

The line-up includes mainstream films like Ajami and Persepolis, with shorts and documentaries by independent filmmakers, such as Forgotten Birds of Paradise, directed by an alumnus of Oxford Brookes, documenting the resilience of the West Papuan people who have suffered under Indonesian occupation.

The festival is opening with screenings by award winning duo Jackal and a panel discussion around the role of women in the arts and development, including Ruth Torjussen, founder of FD4W International Film Festival, Caroline Sweetman, editor of Gender and Development for Oxfam and Women for Women's dedicated filmmaker, Camilla Harvey.

Following the screening of El Problema, winner of the Amnesty International Prize at the San Sebastian film festival in 2010, the festival is set to end with a preview of Tourist With a Typewriter's upcoming film 'The Runner,' to be released in 2012 in the run up to the Olympics. The evening will include a discussion with co-producer, Elhum Shakerifar, with snippets of the latest new footage straight from the Sahara.

Student Kim Swallowe, said: "With a line-up involving some of the best artists, practitioners, academics and professionals from across the country, and screenings in several Oxford venues, I hope that it will achieve its aim in attracting people from across the city."

The Human Rights Film Festival has seen some of the biggest names in film, music and activism, including John McCarthy, Annie Lennox, Billy Bragg and human rights activist, Oxford Brookes Chancellor and Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabati.

For full film listings and venue information please visit www.brookes.ac.uk/go/humanrights

The picture shows (from left to right) : Kim Swallowe (CENDEP student), Joe McCrae (Cheney student), Toby Leach (Cheney student), Jessica Carlson (CENDEP student), Becky Thomas (Cheney student).