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Often different disciplines work separately although they have similar motivations and strong connections. The Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy brings together experts and young professionals from all over the world to analyse the connections between human rights, films, digital media and advocacy, to foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, build storytelling skills debate with filmmakers during the Venice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.
Lecturers and Experts
Photographer and filmmaker, chra Executive Director
Inspired by a taste for adventure and by the comic strip reporter Tintin, Nick Danziger took off alone on his first trip to Paris in 1971 aged 13. Subsequent journeys took Nick further afield; to South and Central America, the Middle and Far East, as well as Africa.
Nick's initial ambition was to be an artist. He graduated with an MA and taught art school and was represented by a gallery. But his desire to travel remained, becoming more and more interested in people’s daily lives, often living and working side by side with people living in the margins of society be it in Afghanistan, Colombia, Mongolia, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Great Britain.
He has worked amongst traumatized populations living in war zones and in neighbourhoods undermined by social conflicts. For Danziger photography, writing and documentary filmmaking are all means for capturing and recording what he sees. His first documentary film, War, Lives and Videotape, based on children abandoned in the Marstoon mental asylum on the outskirts of Kabul won the Prix Italia for best television documentary film and he is a winner of a World Press Award in the single best portrait category for his ‘mirror image’ of Tony Blair and George Bush as they went to war in Iraq in April 2003.
Claudia Modonesi is a human rights expert and media trainer with a background in Film studies and an MA in human rights studies.
Her expertise in human rights is built on the professional experiences gained at the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights [UNHCR] in Geneva, the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the European Commission in Brussels.
For the last 15 years, Claudia has combined her two great passions, film and human rights by running projects in Europe, Asia and Africa and supporting aspiring filmmakers and activists to expose abuses and injustices in their films.
She co-founded Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) with Nick and Rod Stoneman in 2010 and since then she has helped lead the organisation in a journey of ongoing learning and evolution. Today Claudia leads the overall strategy, operations and financial management of the organisation and continues to facilitate projects in the field.
Tsering Diki was born in the remote High Himalayas of Nepal and was sent by her parents to the capital city, Kathmandu, at the age of 4, in the hope that education would give her a better chance in life. For 12 years she lived and studied at Snowland school in the city, receiving a free education but unable to see or speak to her parents, due to the remoteness of her village.
After completing her secondary education at Snowland Ranag Light of Education School, Tsering Diki, aged 16, trekked the long journey home across the Himalayan mountains to reconnect with her parents who she hadn’t seen for 12 years. She documented her journey in the award-winning feature documentary film, Children of the Snow Land, directed by UK filmmakers who taught Tsering Diki to self-film and present her life story on camera. Whilst in her home village, Tsering Diki developed a passion for human rights, as a result of seeing the young girls and women of her region, Humla, doing the majority of work both at home and farming in the field, living a subsistence lifestyle without knowledge of basic healthcare and menstruation. Tsering Diki provided lessons to local women about the significant factors of health issues. Returning to the city to complete higher secondary education, Tsering Diki studied humanities and mass communication at Canvas International College, whilst working at Snowland School as a volunteer teacher to educate younger children about their villages and to help them understand why they were sent away from home at such a young age. Tsering also volunteered at TGIF helping to organise a fashion show, which sparked her interest in fashion and a desire to help the women of her region to develop self-sustaining businesses through fashion.
Tsering is now studying fashion design in Kathmandu and intends to start a business designing garments and products using local fabrics to provide employment opportunities and better human rights to the women of Humla. She also hopes to preserve the cultural dress of her region by taking inspiration from local dressing styles in her designs. She is partnering with UK-based NGO, Snowland Journeys CIC, in this self-sustainable fashion programme and is keen to make more people aware of her region and the challenges of local women and girls. Tsering Diki is an energetic, ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to life. She believes in practical learning as a good platform to gain inner skill and she embraces constant experience.
Dartmouth Films Founder and Managing Director
Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation and was the founding chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation.
He is currently a trustee of the Grierson Trust (www.griersontrust.org) the Wincott Foundation (www.wincott.co.uk) and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (www.tcij.org/)
Christopher is also the Managing Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (www.thebureauinvestigates.com).
Christo's most recent projects include: Utopia, The End of the Line, The Shadows of War, Fire in the Blood, The War You Don't See.
WITNESS Programme Manager
Kelly Matheson is a human rights attorney and award-winning filmmaker who leads WITNESS' Video as Evidence program.
She has worked with grassroots organizations around the world on a myriad of human rights issues ranging from Ebola prevention to climate change to the trafficking of children and war crimes.
Currently, she supports lawyers and human rights activists to ensure the video that activists risk their personal safety to collect can be used to secure justice.
She received her JD for the University of Oregon School of Law and her MFA in Filmmaking from Montana State University.
Global Campus of Human Rights Secretary General
Prof. Manfred Nowak
Manfred Nowak has been Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice since January 2016.
In addition, he is Professor for International Human Rights at the University of Vienna, where he is the scientific director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights and co-director of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights. In October 2016, he was appointed as independent expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
Aside from Vienna University, Manfred Nowak was Professor of International Law and Human Rights at various prestigious universities, such as Utrecht, Lund, Stanford and the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and has published more than 600 books and articles in this field, including various language editions of the CCPR-Commentary, a CAT-Commentary and an introduction to the International Human Rights Regime. He has carried out various expert functions for the UN, the Council of Europe, the EU and other inter-governmental organizations.
Most importantly, he served for many years in various functions as UN Expert on Enforced Disappearances (1993 to 2006), as one of eight international judges in the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo (1996 to 2003), and as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004 to 2010).