December 5, 2018

Human Rights Short Film Festival

Dhaka University Film Society (DUFS) is organizing ‘Human Rights Film Festival’ for the first time to commemorate the glory of 70 years of declaration of Human Rights, with the theme ‘ Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later’ in association with the United Nations, Bangladesh and The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights with the support of Germany. 

Film is an extremely powerful medium to address the struggle for human rights and dignity. Films on human rights can promote understanding, raise a voice and create awareness about national, regional and local human rights issues that need to be addressed. They can inspire and engage audiences, especially young people, to be human rights defenders. Films can also kick off discussion on regional and local human rights issues among creative young people and encourage understanding that promoting human rights is not only the job of human rights activists, but that human rights are for everyone. Distribution and screening, notably in the districts of Bangladesh that are underserved, can contribute to a culture of human rights protection and promotion. Organizing a film festival can serve this purpose.

Festival Schedule:

Day 1 | Saturday | 8 December 2018

10:00 am – 11:00 am — 
Opening ceremony: Finding Bangladesh and South Asia in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 70 years later 
11:00 am – 01:00 pm —
Short film screenings
02:00 pm – 02:30 pm —
Theater Play on human rights entitled “We Sing of Equality”, facilitated by United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Dhaka
02:45 pm – 04:15 pm — 
Short film screenings, in collaboration with UNDP’s Human Rights Programme
04:30 pm – 06:30 pm —
Short film screenings

Day 2 | Sunday | 9 December 2018

10:00 am – 10:10 am —
10:10 am – 01:00 pm —
Short film screenings
02:30 pm – 04:30 pm —
Panel discussion: Promoting and protecting human rights through films and other media – celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
04:30 pm – 06:30 pm —
Award giving, screenings of award winning short films, and closing ceremony

Join us in expressing your commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in Bangladesh.

This festival is open for all and there is no entry fee needed.

Deadline: December 8-9 ,2018