CENDEP Human Rights Film Festival

Oxford Brookes University Annual Film Festival

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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.

9th Annual Festival: 2nd - 11th March 2011

For film trailers, information on speakers and organisations please see www.oxfordhumanrightsfestival.net/

All screenings are completely free and open to the public.

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Friday 28 Feb

The Old Bookbinders, East Oxford

8pm, Change (Play)

The project is a piece of theatre highlighting the humanitarian issue of climate change that is so often overlooked. Stories have been collected from places like Australia, India and Kenya, which are already experiencing the effects of climate change, and collated into a script for actors to recite word for word, stammer for stammer, in the correct accent. The inherent awkwardness of an actor taking on another person's exact speech patterns and mannerisms in this way confronts the audience with the reality of the character's situation. The main aim of the project is to take the climate change sceptics away from the polar bears, and into the homes of the real people who are suffering right now. Follwed by a post performance discussion.

Wednesday 2nd March

Headington Hill Hall, Gipsy Lane, Oxford Brookes University

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7pm, Film, Gender and Development

A series of discussions and shorts from:
Ruth Torson, Founder of Film Directing for Women (FD4W) International Film Festival; Caroline Sweetman, editor of Gender and Development for Oxford; Danielle Smith, Sandblast Arts and Milly Harvey, Women 4 Women.

Thursday 3rd March

Magdalen College, Grove Auditorium, Oxford

7pm, Children of Beslan (Ewa Ewert and Leslie Woodhead, 2005, 60mins)

A moving documentary narrated by the school children who survived the 2004 Beslan siege, where a group of heavily armed rebel extremists stormed into the school and held more than 1000 children and their parents hostage. The siege ended 3 days later with a series of explosions and a hail of gunfire.

Community Albums Shorts

Community Allows communities around the world to share and collaborate with each other using video, audio and images. It's about giving people a voice and being heard. Post screening discussion led by Community Albums: Giving children a voice.

Friday 4th March

Magdalen College, Grove Auditorium, Oxford

6pm, Skin (Anthony Fabian, 2009, 107mins)

Based on a true story the film follows Sandra, a black child born in the 1950's to white Afrikaaners and her thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world - and triumphs against all odds.

Post screening discussion led by St John O'Rorke (editor)

Saturday 5 March

Magdalen College, Grove Auditorium, Oxford

5pm, Maria Full of Grace (2Joshua Marston, 2004, 101mins)

Struggling to find employment in her small village in Columbia, pregnant seventeen year old Maria is unable to resist a lucrative job offer. Transported into the ruthless world of international drug trafficking we follow Maria's journey, with 62 pellets of cocaine in her stomach, where things do not proceed quite as planned.

Post screening discussion led by Rob Hawke, Advocacy Office, Peace Brigades International

Sunday 6th March

East Oxford Community Centre, Oxford

5pm, Forgotten Birds of Paradise (Dominic Brown, 2009, 27mins)

This documentary provides a remarkable insight into a world where ancient traditions and cultures live on into the modern age. Above all it shows the inspiring resilience of a people who have suffered so much under Indonesian occupation, but whose determination for freedom burns stronger now than at any time in history. Finally their cries are starting to be heard.

Post screening discussion led by Dominic Brown (director & Brookes Alumni) and Benny Wenda (West Papuan Independence leader)

Monday 7th March

The Jam Factory, Oxford

7.30pm, Gender Against Men (Refugee Law Project, 2009, 44mins)

Gender Against Men exposes the hidden world of sexual and gender-based violence against men in the conflicts of the Great Lakes Region. The film demonstrates how male identities are under attack and how rape when used as a weapon of war affects husbands, fathers, brothers and the community.

Post screening discussion led by Paul Valentin, International Director of Christian Aid and Judy El-Bushra, International Alert

Still from Persepolis (2008)

Still from Persepolis (2008)

Tuesday 8th March

Oxford Synagogue, Richmond Rd, Jericho, Oxford

6pm, Persepolis (Vincent Paronnoud & Marjane Satrapi, 2008, 90mins)

Nominated for an academy award, Persepolis, is an animated poignant coming of age story of a precocious and out-spoken Iranian girl that begins during the Iranian Revolution.

Post screening discussion led by animator Mr Please and others.

Wednesday 9th March

The Old Bookbinders, East Oxford

7pm, Moolaade (Ousame Sembene, 2005, 124mins)

Still from Moolaade (2005)

Still from Moolaade (2005)

A wonderfully realised life-affirming film based in a small village in Burkina Faso where four young girls have fled the ritual of 'purification'. They seek protection - moolade - with Colle, a circumcised woman, who grants the girls sanctuary in defiance of the traditionalists within the village.

Post screening discussion led by Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Director, Forward UK (safeguarding the health and rights of African women).

Thursday 10th March

The Old Bookbinders, East Oxford

6pm, Ajami (Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani, 2009, 120mins)

Still from Ajami (2009)

Still from Ajami (2009)

This Oscar nominated film uses non-professional actors to give an insight into everyday life of the struggle and survival of the religiously mixed community of Ajami, where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians try to live together in an atmosphere that is, to say the least - electric.

Post screening discussion led by Charles Clayton, Former Head of World Vision Jerusalem; Anne Clayton UK coordinator for Palestinian Christian Human Rights organisation Sabeel

Friday 11th March

The Jam Factory, Oxford

7pm, El Problema: The testimony of the Saharawi people (Jordi Ferrer & Pablo Vidal, 2010)

Award winning Spanish documentary, filmed over four and a half years, which highlights how all physical expression of Saharawi identity, which is threatened by the impact of exile and Morocco's occupation, are forbidden and even the use of the word 'Western Sahara' or the word 'referendum' is a problem. The screening will eb followed by a sneak preview of the upcoming film 'the Runner' due to be released in 2012 in the run up to the Olympics.

Post screening discussion led by Tourist with a Typewriter's Elhum Shakerifar and Sandblast Arts.

See the following links for the listings and awards from the 8th annual festival held in 2010, the 7th annual festival held in 2009 or the 6th annual festival held in 2008.