Human Rights Film Festival throws spotlight on Youth Rights

Thursday, 07 February 2013

Human Rights Film Festival 2013

Oxford’s Human Rights Film Festival returns to Oxford this month (21 - 24 February) with a series of thought-provoking screenings, guest speakers and live performance.

The festival is firmly establishing itself as one of Oxford’s cultural highlights and will focus on youth rights for its 11th year.

Ten feature films and documentaries will be screened across four days at Oxford’s Old Fire Station and the Ultimate Picture Palace. A guest speaker will be in attendance following each screening for question and answers and to engage audiences in challenging and engaging discussions.

The Human Rights Film Festival, which is free and open to all, is organised each year by students at Oxford Brookes who are studying for a Master’s Degree in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) and for the first time students from the undergraduate Film Studies programme. The festival aims to raise awareness about a range of human rights concerns.

Oxford Brookes’ DEP course attracts students from all over the world. Many have experience of living and working in countries that have witnessed war, disaster and poverty or are planning a career in this field.

Thom Banks, a current DEP student who has been involved in organising this year’s festival, said: “The film festival is a great opportunity for people to engage with the key issues of Human Rights through an exciting and accessible medium. The range of knowledgeable and informed speakers the festival attracts is always a highlight too.”

Highlights of this year’s festival include a live acoustic performance from award winning Urban Soul and Hip-Hop artist Sister Fa, following the screening of the documentary Sarabah.

Other films include the powerful Oscar-nominated War Witch and a selection of films focused on sport, including Africa United which follows three Rwandan kids who walk 3000 miles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

For full details of screenings and speakers and to book seats, visit the festival’s dedicated website A trailer for this year's festival can be viewed on this page.