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Stories on Human Rights

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According to the description underneath this video on youtube: This small collection of films was created to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and make them accessible to the largest possible audience, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has chosen ART for The World to produce a long-feature film composed by a series of short films directed by filmmakers and video artists to convey the timeless significance of human rights and their underlying values.

The first one we watched of this collection was Mobile Men (2008) which was directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

I feel like the main way to understand this film you’d really have to understand the culture these guys were from to understand the importance of the details of the film, like his tattoo.  I think this was a very subtle way of visualizing a story about human rights.  It was somewhat confusing considering there are so many components to what makes a story a story about human rights.  There wasn’t much for me to take notes of except that I really felt like I was left out of what the true meaning behind this film was.

a BOY, a WALL, and a DONKEY (2008) was directed by Hany-Abu Assad.

This film has a lot to do with children and their interactions with film and how important it is for children to embrace film just as it is for adults or anyone.  It was lighthearted but the story they were trying to film seemed a little strong and powerful compared to what any usual group of boys would want to film.  I thought it was an interesting way to see how cultures are different within each generation because they film things that have a lot to do with their own lives and unfortunately, in this case, it’s violent and ugly.  The ending of the film was really disappointing because you are left unaware but can already assume the worst has happened. It’s sad.

Lily & RA (2008) was directed by Armagan Ballantyne

This film was the one that I enjoyed the most out of the small part of the collection we got to watch.  It touches on the subject of children issues with cultural problems and family issues and how they have to deal with the problems.  It’s just another sad reality that these type of films are evoking.  It’s like their all really artistic PSA’s that are meant to open the viewer’s eyes more and they’re working.


Written by madieshortfilm

May 7, 2011 at 12:07 am