Lights, Camera, Action on Human Rights

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


The Human Rights Film Festival returns to Oxford for its 10th anniversary this month (Mon 27 Feb - Fri 2 March) with an inspiring and thought-provoking collection of films from across the world.

The Human Rights Film Festival returns to Oxford for its 10th anniversary this month (Monday 27 February - Friday 2 March) with an inspiring and thought-provoking collection of films from across the world.  

Ten films will be screened, with each of the festival's five days focusing on a different region - Africa, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The festival's screenings will also be accompanied by a number of special guest speakers, including:

  • Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty and Oxford Brookes Chancellor
  • Mike Wooldridge OBE, BBC World Affairs Correspondent
  • Marcie Shaoul, Head of External Affairs at the Commonwealth Foundation.

Films will be screened every day at 1pm in the Oxford Hub (Turl Street) and at 6.30pm at the Ultimate Picture Palace (Cowley Road). All screenings are completely free and open to all.

This year's films include You Don't Like The Truth, an award-winning documentary based on interrogation activities in Guantanamo Bay; The Whistleblower, a true story of a policewoman (Rachel Weisz) who discovers sex trafficking in post-war Bosnia; and Green Wave, a heartfelt documentary which chronicles the events of the Iranian people's abortive Green Revolution.

The Human Rights Film Festival is organised each year by students at Oxford Brookes who are studying for a Master's Degree in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP). The festival hopes to raise awareness about a range of human rights concerns. 

Miranda Hurst, a current DEP student who has been involved in organising this year's festival said: 'I'm really excited about a week of quality films which come from all over the world and cover hugely diverse subjects. They screenings are free so we're expecting them to pack out.

'We're really lucky to have such a good line-up of interesting and powerful speakers too, from organisations such as Peace Direct, the Overseas Development Institute and Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti. Reserve your seats today on the festival's website as it's first come first served.'

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.

In addition to the Human Rights Film Festival's 10th anniversary, Oxford Brookes' DEP Master's Degree is currently celebrating its 20th year. As part of these DEP20 celebrations, a special fundraising appeal has been created to offer more scholarships for those wishing to study the course and make very real difference for some of the world's most vulnerable people. More information on the DEP20 appeal is available online.

Spaces for the Human Rights Film Festival are limited, so those interested in attending are advised to reserve their seat. The full programme and the option to book seats is available on the festival's dedicated webpages.