15 March 2013

Human Rights Film Festival throws spotlight on Youth Rights

Human Rights Film Festival Website

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

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

Ten feature films and documentaries were screened across four days at Oxford’s Old Fire Station and the Ultimate Picture Palace. A guest speaker was 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 included a live acoustic performance from award winning Urban Soul and Hip-Hop artist Sister Fa, following the screening of the documentary Sarabah.

Other films included 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 visit the festival’s dedicated website, where a trailer for this year's festival can also be viewed.