OXFORD HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL

Oxford Human Rights Festival

Founded in 2003, the Oxford Brookes University Human Rights Arts Festival is an initiative of postgraduate students on the MA and MArchD courses in Development and Emergency Practice.

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 award winning Lebanese filmmaker, Jean Chamoun, former Beirut hostage John McCarthy, legendary musician Annie Lennox, retired Head of Graphics at UNICEF, George McBean and the 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.


15th Annual Festival: 14th - 18th March 2017

The theme of this year's festival is home, covering ideas of forced migration, homelessness, gentrification and indigenous land rights. Home is also the title of the upcoming exhibition in the Glass Tank, which will form the centrepiece of the festival. The exhibition focuses in particular at the refugee experience, featuring artwork made by refugees Mani Darjazi and Sayed Habib Sadat who have found a safe haven here in the UK, sculptures made in response to the destruction of homes in Aleppo by Manchester artist Jo Scorah, and photographs from the series Sea of Humanity, documenting migrants' journeys across the Mediterranean. The centrepiece of the exhibition is an emergency shelter provided by international disaster relief charity Shelterbox.

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

Programme

Tuesday 14 March 2017
14:30Open Day CENDEP Open Day
Abercrombie Atrium/ Glass Tank
18:00Screening I, Daniel Blake
Introduction and Q&A with Director Ken Loach
John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Wednesday 15 March 2017
17:00Screening They Will Have to Kill Us First
Introduction and Q&A with Director Johanna Schwartz
Chakrabarti Room JHB208
John Henry Brookes Building
17:30 ScreeningRent Rebels
Introduction and Q&A with Film Maker Matthias Coers
Chakrabarti Room JHB208
John Henry Brookes Building
Thursday 16 March 2017
17:00Screening and talk Lost and Found
with Freedom From Torture/ Write to Life
Abercrombie Atrium/ Glass Tank
19:00ScreeningQueens of Syria
OBUDocClub: Introduction and Q&A with Producer Georgina Paget
John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Friday 17 March 2017
17:00Screening Leaving Greece & Boya Boya
in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival
John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
19:30ScreeningAmerican Honey
John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
Saturday 18 March 2017
13:00Screening Utopia
with panel discussion about indigenous land rights
Chakrabarti Room JHB208
John Henry Brookes Building
16:00WorkshopSea of Humanity
linked to the HOME exhibition in the Glass Tank
Chakrabarti Room JHB208
John Henry Brookes Building
18:00ScreeningHector
Introduction and Q&A with Writer and Director Jake Gavin
John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre
20:00ClosingClosing of the Festival
with live music and refereshments
Abercrombie Atrium/ Glass Tank