CENDEP Human Rights Film Festival
Oxford Brookes University 11th Annual Film Festival
The Oxford Brookes University Human Rights Film Festival is an initiative of post graduate students on the MA course in Development and Emergency Practice.
In attracting diverse audiences to each of our screenings, the Festival has achieved its objective of raising awareness about a range of human rights concerns among 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 and the Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabati.
11th Annual Festival: 21th-24th February 2013
For film trailers, information on speakers and organisations please see www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.org
All screenings are completely free and open to the public.
Thursday 21 February
6.30pm-8.30pm, Old Fire Station, George St Oxford
Sarabah (Maria Luisa Gambale, Gloria Bremer and Steven Lawrence, Documentary, 60mins, Senegal)
8.30pm-9.30pm - Acoustic performance from Sister Fa
Following the story of Senegalese female rapper Sister Fa as she tours her home country to spread the world about the dangers of Female Genital Cutting. She takes her grassroots campaign ‘Education without Excision’ tour to students and village elders alike and shows how powerful music can be.
Guest Speakers: Julia Lalla-Maharajh, CEO Orchid Project and Sister Fa
Friday 22 February
2.30pm – 4.30pm, Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford
Africa United (Debs Gardner- Paterson, Feature Film, 88mins, Africa)
Follows the extraordinary tale of three Rwandan Kids who walk 3000 miles to the Soccer World Cup in South Africa. As they walk across the vast lands of Africa, they gather a team of broken and brilliant characters who help them negotiate their way through a series of glorious, dangerous, hilarious and often bizarre situations.
Guest Speaker: Christopher Bright, Volunteer Youth and Student Intern for Christian Aid
5.30pm-7.30pm, Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford
Salaam Dunk (David Fine, Documentary, 78mins, Iraq)
Set in Northern Iraq, Salaam Dunk is a full of friendship, love and girlpower documentary, offering an unusual glance at young Iraqi life through illustration of activity socially associated with men only, basketball.
Guest Speakers: Kathryn Roche and Tanya D’Souze from Right to Play
8pm – 10pm, Old Fire Station, George St, Oxford
The First Grader (Justin Chadwick, Feature Film, 103mins, Kenya)
Follows the inspiring true story of an 84yr old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. The First Grader follows his fight for freedom and his fight against adversity, past and present.
Guest Speaker: David Archer, Head of Programme Development, Action Aid and Anna Burton, Head of UK Programmes READ International
Saturday 23 February
2.30pm-4.30pm, Ultimate Picture Palace
The First Movie (Mark Cousins, Documentary, 76mins, Iraq)
Hasn’t anyone wondered what would happen if a child in war is given a video camera? If through the eyes of a child, we could get an insight to what life in Iraq is really is, and for the first time forget about the war. The First Movie is a ‘magic realist’ documentary allowing you to finally do so.
Guest Speaker: Director Mark Cousins via Skype and Rob May, Director Community Albums
5.30pm – 7.30pm, Ultimate Picture Palace
War Witch (Rebelle) (Kim Nguyen, Feature Film, 90mins, Africa)
Komona was kidnapped from her village in Africa and forced into becoming a child soldier. Told from the point of view of Komona, ‘War Witch’ centres on Komona telling her incredible life story to her unborn child.
Guest Speaker: Richard Clarke, Director for Child Soldiers International
Sunday 24 February
2pm-4pm, Ultimate Picture Palace
EID (Saaheb Collective, Animated short, Middle East, 9mins) & Over the Wall Football Beyond Borders (Jasper Kain and Matthew Kay, Documentary, UK/ Middle East, 60mins)
Eid: An animated short about a Palestinian Bedouin living under Israeli occupation. Ever since he can remember, Eid has picked up scrap materials and turned them into art. By following Eid's creative process, this film celebrates the optimism and integrity which enables him to transform the machinery of occupation into an artistic expression of individuality and hope.
Over the wall: This is a film about a unique London based University football team and their quest to play in Palestine. They find themselves in Cairo in the year of the Arab Spring and with international news unfolding around them, they must decide whether to continue with the trip. Through their decision they come to realise that there is a greater goal in life.
Guest Speakers: Directors Jasper Kain and Matthew Kay and David Massey from the Saaheb Collective
5.30pm -7.30pm, Old Fire Station
Neukölln Unlimited (Agostino Imondi, Dieter Ratsch, Documentary, 96mins, Germany)
Neukölln follows three teenage siblings who are all successful dancers and musicians in Germany. When their family becomes in danger of being deported, Lial, Maradona and Hassan plan to use their talents to save the family. The story follows the long and uncertain road to success and the pressure it brings on their relationships with each other.
Guest Speaker: Representatives from Refugee Resource and Fahamu
8pm-10pm, Old Fire Station
The Human Experience (Charles Kinnane, Documentary, 90mins, Worldwide)
The story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions: Who am I? Who is Man? Why do we search for meaning? Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana, Africa. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one on one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit.
Guest Speakers: Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize and Michael Campo who feature in the film available on Skype.
See the following links for the listings and awards from the 10th annual festival held in 2012, the 9th annual festival held in 2011, the 8th annual festival held in 2010, the 7th annual festival held in 2009 or the 6th annual festival held in 2008.