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.

14th Annual Festival: 10th - 13th February 2016

The student committee is currently curating the 2016 festival. The theme is adversity, looked at closely through four sub-themes; women in adversity, adversity closer to home, environmental adversity: climate change and fleeing adversity: refugees. Women in adversity is also the title of the upcoming exhibition in the Glass Tank, which will form the centrepiece of the festival.

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.


Wednesday 10 February 2016

19:30ScreeningSuffragette JHBB main lecture theatre (introduced by director Sarah Gavron, hosted by third year Film Studies student Synne Akselberg, with tutor Lindsay Steenberg) *please note that this event is fully booked

Thursday 11 February 2016

12:30ScreeningsDeath of Schengen + Emigrant Shorts about refugees
19:00ScreeningHe Named Me Malala JHBB main lecture theatre (with OBUDocClub: introduced by Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai and with reception beforehand in the Glass Tank) *please note that this event is fully booked

Friday 12 February 2016

12:30ScreeningsShorts about the environment
Life Mosaic film and talk about indigenous rights and land grabs
with Ahmed Masoud (reading), Laura Ryhänen (vocals, kantele) and Mikko Kuisma (harmonium, vocals)
18:30Screenings:shorts about refugees (reprise)
19:00 Dabke dancing workshop with Ahmed Masoud

Saturday 13 February 2016

12:30Screenings Larry and Janet move out + Not Just Homeless
Shorts about home
15:00ScreeningGod Grew Tired Of Us
with panel discussion on refugees with Cathrine Brun, new Head of CENDEP and Hazel Healy of the New Internationalist
17:30PerformanceBroke, by Ice & Fire
19:30ScreeningPromised Land
Q&A with Friends of the Earth on fracking