Deadline for scholarship applicants:

30 April 2022

Deadline for self-funded applicants:

30 May 2022

Scholarships for children’s rights experts available!

Lecturers and Experts

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.

Programme’s Tutors

Nick Danziger - Global Campus

chra Director

Nick Danziger

Nick Danziger’s taste for travels and adventures began when he left home alone 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 the Robert Fraser 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 in over 100 countries 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.



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Claudia Modonesi - Global Campus

Picture People Executive Director

Claudia Modonesi

Claudia is a human rights expert and media trainer with a background in film studies and an MA in human rights. 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.

After years of experience in the human rights sector serving international organisations in Geneva, Brussels and Vienna and the not for profit sector in the UK, in 2019 Claudia became the CEO of Picture People, a UK educational charity using visual media and mobile technology to advocate for change, where she manages the organisational strategy and operations whilst she continues to facilitate trainings in the field.



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Raja Althaibani


Raja Althaibani

Raja is a human rights advocate who specializes in using video and technology in advocacy, reporting and accountability efforts.

At WITNESS Raja draws on over a decade of experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to assist communities and civil society groups using video and technology in their efforts to advance human rights and accountability throughout the region — and she works to ensure that innovative learning is shared and built upon.

Prior to joining WITNESS, Raja worked with not-for-profits in the United States and the Middle East, providing critical support in key areas like immigration, gender and minority rights, peace and stability and more. In 2011, she was in Yemen covering the revolution as a citizen journalist, media stringer and freelance photographer for international media.

Raja’s strengths lie in community mobilization, representation, capacity building, political analysis of the status of the Middle East, international human rights, and Islam.


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Mamadou Dia

Film writer and director

Mamadou Dia

Mamadou Dia is a Senegalese film writer and director. A NYU Tisch graduate, he writes and directs films based on his life growing up in West Africa, exploring the tension between fact and fiction, realism and abstraction.

His first feature, Baamum Nafi/Nafi's Father (2019), was awarded a dozen prizes, including two Golden Leopards for First Feature and Filmmakers of the Present at the Locarno International Film Festival. Selected for MOMA/Lincoln Center 2020 New Directors/New Films, the 2019 TIFF Talent Lab and the 2018 Hubert Bals writing grant, Baamum Nafi is Senegal’s Oscar entry for 2021.

His latest short, Samedi Cinema, premiered at the Venice and the Toronto International Film Festivals in 2016 and has since received dozens of awards. As the co-founder of the production company Joyedidi, they toured Senegal with a mobile screen sharing the feature film with audiences across his native country.


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Christopher Hird - Global Campus

Dartmouth Films Founder and Managing Director

Christopher Hird

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 ( the Wincott Foundation ( and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (

Christopher is also the Managing Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (

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.


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Prof. Manfred Nowak - Global Campus

Global Campus of Human Rights Secretary General

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).


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Gavin Rees - Global Campus

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees is Senior Advisor for Training and Innovation at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Since 2008 he has been working as a trauma awareness consultant and trainer for newsrooms, media-support organisations, and journalism schools across Europe as well as internationally.

Recently his work has focused on developing new approaches to working safely with traumatic images, dealing with online harassment and working ethically and effectively with victims and survivors of profound human rights abuses, such as forced labour, torture and sexual violence.

Previously, Gavin produced business and political news for US, British and Japanese news channels, and has worked on drama and documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and independent film companies. Gavin is a board member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society.


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Egbert Wits - Global Campus


Egbert Wits

Egbert has been active in the field of international development for nearly 20 years. Specializing in impact oriented working practices, training design and facilitation, community empowerment, and strengthening the capacities of local organizations.

As senior program and research manager of EngageMedia Egbert managed and co-edited the Video for Change Impact Toolkit, a guide for practitioners and activist to design and evaluate impact and create strategic outreach campaigns for their films.

After nearly two decades in Indonesia, Egbert recently moved to New South Wales, Australia with his family. Besides his work for EngageMedia, he is an Anthropology lecturer and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle.


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