Thursday, October 29, 2009

Calling All Youth Filmmakers! Submit your film for inclusion in the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival!

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in partnership with Adobe Youth Voices seeks youth-produced film, video and animated works on human rights issues made by youth ages 19 and under for its third annual YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE program.

Click here for more information and to submit your film. The deadline is December 10, 2009.

Selected films will travel to:

* Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, New York : June 10-24, 2010
* Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, London : March 2011 (Dates TBA)
* Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, San Francisco: March 2011 (Dates TBA)
* Selected films will be included in the 2010 Traveling Film Festival
* Films will be added to the Adobe Youth Voices and Human Rights Watch websites
* And distributed to teachers throughout the United States

Thanks! We look forward to seeing your films!

Best Regards,

Jennifer Nedbalsky
Program Manager
Human Rights Watch Intl Film Festival

Miguel Salinas
Senior Program Manager


Armed with digital cameras and their own creativity - young people across the globe are bravely exposing human rights issues faced by themselves and their communities. YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE is a program of short films created by filmmakers under the of 19.

To learn more about YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE check out this podcast - Christina Salerno caught up with some of the young filmmakers at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival in New York.

To learn more about Adobe Youth Voices check out one of my earlier blog posts.

To watch the films from the first year of YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE please click here. Click on the tiny box to set the videos to "fullscreen" mode.

To read the summaries of the films that you are watching on the website, gohere and here.

When you go to that website you'll be able to watch all of the films, including this one -- "A Maid Is Not A Slave (Mbindaan Du Jaam)" (2007) - a drama in French with English subtitles, produced as part of the Make the Link, Break the Chain anti-slavery programme. In conjunction with National Museums Liverpool and Plan UK.

It tells the story of Kiné, a young Senegalese girl is sent to the city to work as a maid in order to support her family back home. When her employers begin to abuse her - who is there to protect her?

Created by Mariama Maréna, Seynabou Ciss, Dioundiouba Diagne, Marietou Ndoye Seck, Salimata Sow, Aissatou Gueye Seye, Aminata Dème, Dieynaba Koné
- Mariama Ba Girls Boarding School – Senegal, West Africa

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