[Filmfestivalresearch] new book available - Setting up a Human Rights Film Festival, vol. 2

Hana Kulhánková hana.kulhankova at oneworld.cz
Tue Sep 1 14:22:50 CEST 2015

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters,

I am writing on behalf of Human Rights Film Network and I have some great news! After much hard work and thanks to contributions from over 20 human rights film festivals, the second edition of Setting up a Human Rights Film Festival, vol. 2 -- an "a to z" guide on the how-to's of organizing a human rights film festival -- is finally complete.
You can read the free full version of the handbook or browse through it by chapters following the link: http://issuu.com/moviesthatmatter/docs/film_festival_guide_vol_2.
Or you can download the handbook following the link: http://www.moviesthatmatter.nl/media/documenten/film-festival-guide-vol-2.pdf.
We also have printed copies and can offer you one. A mailing fee can be requested, depending on where to send the book. Please send an email to program at oneworld.cz<mailto:program at oneworld.cz> if you are interested.
This book was written by festival organizers from around the world, the second edition of Setting up a Human Rights Film Festival, vol.2 focuses on the needs and challenges of festivals that are sprouting all over the developing world and those in countries where democratic systems are still emergent or non-existent.
While drawing on some common experiences to all human rights film festivals, such as programming screenings and thematic discussions or dealing with technical production and team building, the handbook does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, its pages offer a varied tapestry of stories about festivals that face vastly different realities around the world: from rural communities in Sierra Leone and Bolivia to urban settings in Jordan and Guatemala; from prisons and the Maidan in the Ukraine to a refugee camp in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
The book's authors offer first-hand experiences and lessons learned on the many tasks needed for a successful festival including fundraising, stretching resources to the maximum, overcoming seemingly insurmountable logistical problems, approaching new audiences unfamiliar with film, involving the human rights community, dealing with censorship and security threats and evaluating results. There is a chapter on how human rights films strengthen educational systems and help raise awareness among youngsters, as well as case studies featuring festivals that take place in contexts such as political violence, the quest for truth and justice, occupation and political exile, censorship, poverty and marginalization.

The overarching aim of the manual is to provide the necessary know-how to festival organizers so that the events they organize can serve as effective tools for social change -- whether by raising awareness among key influencers and general audiences, or through the empowerment of local communities engaged in struggles for social justice.
Human rights-themed films aim for maximum impact, and human rights film festivals play a crucial role in ensuring that the films reach their target audiences, which include key influencers, social movements, activists and everyday citizens. This manual seeks to strengthen the collaboration between these communities by providing existing and emerging film festivals with the tools necessary to create an effective human rights eco-system that can lead to social transformation.

The handbook is edited by One World in Prague, Movies that Matter in Amsterdam and FiSahara in the Sahrawi refugee camps of Algeria. One World, the lead editor, published the first edition of the Handbook in 2009 (http://www.oneworld.cz/ow/2009/download/pdf/OW-cookbook_web.pdf).
I am curious to hear from you what you think about our book, and feel free to forward this information to anybody who might find it valuable.
Best regards,
Hana Kulhánková
Director of One World IFF
People in Need
Safarikova 24
120 00 Praha 2
Czech Republic

tel: +420-226-200-411

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