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    16th Annual Festival:
    12th - 17th March 2018

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    Founded in 2003, the Oxford Human Rights Festival is an initiative of postgraduate students on the MA and MArchD courses in Development and Emergency Practice and includes students from across the University. The aim of the Festival is to attract diverse audiences to each of our events, to raise awareness, through the arts, of a range of human rights issues among Brookes students and across the wider Oxford community. In previous years guest speakers have included former Beirut hostage John McCarthy, musician Annie Lennox, retired Head of Graphics at UNICEF, George McBean, film makers Ken Loach and Sarah Gavron, diplomat and father of women's rights activist Malala, Ziauddin Yousafzai, and former Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabati.

    Each year the festival engages academics, film makers, actors and artists to present films and take part in the lively audience discussions following the screenings.

    16th Annual Festival: 12th - 17th March 2018

    This year's theme is IDENTITY and we look at what makes us who we are, and what happens when part of our identity becomes illegal or grounds for persecution or exile. Topics covered include gender and sexuality, race, religion, nationality, and disability. Identity is also the title of the upcoming exhibition in the Glass Tank, which will form the centrepiece of the festival. Identity showcases photography by Andrew McNeill, an artist who has focused on the human condition. The images in the exhibition show a sobering insight into the issues humanity faces on a global scale. Fifteen years ago, Andrew made what was to become countless trips to the Asian continent. Travelling light and with just a camera, he began to seek out the most interesting faces he could find. He has also worked alongside NGOs throughout Asia and in some of India's worst slums. In 2014 Andrew began work on a project entitled Under the Bridge, a digital documentary that explores the disenfranchised of the urban population of his hometown of Cardiff. Under the Bridge was sponsored by the Arts Council of Wales.

    Highlights this year include a screening of Oscar nominated animation Loving Vincent with panel discussion on mental health organised by the School of Nursing, a performance of the acclaimed Borderline, a tragi-comedy about, devised and performed by a group of people who met while refugees and asylum seekers in the Calais Jungle, and a performance by "advocates for social change disguised as rock stars" Delta 7, a group who challenge perceptions of people with disabilities. This year we are also showcasing research and other work we are doing here at Oxford Brookes around the theme of identity in a series of lunchtime seminars in the Glass Tank, including Dr. Supriya Akerkar of CENDEP, who will share her main findings from her current research on age and disability capacity project (ADCAP), highlighting how significations of persons with disabilities act as significant barriers to their inclusion in humanitarian responses. The series also includes talks from speakers from Psychology, Law, and the Brookes LGBT+ Forum and Disability Forum.

    For updates, including programme announcements, film trailers, information on speakers and how to get involved, please visit or follow the Festival on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

    Date/ time Type Event Location
    Monday 05 - 23 Friday March 2018 14:30 Exhibition Troubled Eyes, Photography of Andrew McNeill Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    Monday 12 March 2018
    13:00 Event Lunchtime Seminar: Dr Mark Burgess Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    17:00 Event Performance: Delta 7 Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    19:30 Screening Screening: Loving Vincent JHB Lecture Theatre
    Tuesday 13 March 2018
    13:00 Event Lunchtime Seminar: Dr Surpriya Akerkar Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    18:30 Screening Screening: 13th Sir Kenneth Wheare Hall 
    Wednesday 14 March 2018
    13:00 Event Lunchtime Seminar: Professor Peter Edge Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    18:30 Screening Screening: In Between JHB Lecture Theatre 
    Thursday 15 March 2018
    13:00 Event Lunchtime Seminar: Intersectionality@Brookes Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank
    19:00 Screening Screening: City of Joy JHB Lecture Theatre 
    Friday 16 March 2018
    13:00 Event Lunchtime Seminar: Rev Kate Harford Abercrombie Building, The Glass Tank 
    16:00 Workshop Workshop: Emma Slade JHB Lecture Theatre
    17:00 Event Lecture: Alexander Norman JHB Lecture Theatre
    19:00 Screening Screening: Tibetan Documentary JHB Lecture Theatre 
    Saturday 17 March 2018
    12.30 Workshop Workshop: Identity and Affordable Housing Chakrabarti Room
    17:00 Event Performance: Borderline Chakrabarti Room 
    19:30 Screening Performance: The Other Side of Hope JHB Lecture Theatre