15th Anniversary Showcase with One World:
Using Video for Human Rights Campaigning
Witness uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. Now in its 15th year, Witness has partnered with human rights groups in over 70 countries training and supporting them to make video an effective tool in their campaigns, targeting courts, governments, decision-makers and publics to motivate, persuade, engage or shame them into action. Witness is pleased to celebrate its 15th anniversary with the One World International Film Festival. This event will include excerpts from Bound by Promises: Contemporary Slavery in Rural Brazil, Awaiting Tomorrow (about the spread of HIV/AIDS in the war-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo), and from a new film by our partners in Chechnya, Memorial, as well as the complete films: Season of Fear: Internally Displaced People Inside Burma Call for International Action and Outlawed: Extraordinary Rendition, Torture and Disappearances in the “War on Terror.”
The screening will include discussion of Witness approach and experience, and will be followed by a Q&A session with Witness Program Manager, Sam Gregory, exploring the work of Witness and the potential of video in campaigns.
To learn more about Witness, including the intensive Video Advocacy Institute training program and a participatory media website called the Hub which will launch this summer and will allow anyone around the world to upload relevant human rights video and organize action to make a difference, visit www.witness.org.