UNESCO funds human rights films

IFACCA/Artshub,
17 December 2004, France

UNESCO has selected eight proposals for film productions for its new project promoting human rights and tolerance. “ICT-enhanced Public Service Broadcasting: Contributing to the development of human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination” ([email protected]) was founded to avoid the reproduction of conventional approaches and formats to development and social issues. Instead, the project aims to explore new and challenging ways of reflection and debate. Innovative submissions particularly have been encouraged. UNESCO received 200 submissions to the project, and made the following selection:
  • Mothers on Wheels (Argentina) (fight against discrimination and gender approach)
  • Olho da Rua (Brazil) (human rights, peace, tolerance and the fight against discrimination)
  • The Place I Call Home (Egypt) (intercultural communication)
  • Meena (India) (Millenium Development Goals, such as education for all)
  • Cualquier Ciudad (Colombia) (tolerance and intercultural communication)
  • Leaving the Box (Pakistan) (intercultural communication and freedom of expression).
  • Aziza, un amour pendant la guerre (Cameroun) (peace)
  • A good investment (Denmark) (Millennium Development Goals, education for all, women’s empowerment and gender equality) The selection criteria were based on addressing themes of human rights, peace, tolerance and many others, as well as other considerations such as the diversity of production genres and the geographical balance. Successful submission teams will work closely with UNESCO’s executive producer for, culminating in a series of films targeted to the general public, but also especially for young adults between the ages of 20 to 35. The productions will be made available through the media, on DVD and on-line before the end of 2005. For further information on this selection, please visit the project’s website at www.unesco.org