Film and Media for Human Rights Advocacy Workshop

17 -22 March 2018 (Saturday to Thursday), Videotheque, UP Film Center
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City



The training offers an exciting programme of lectures, film screenings, discussions and working groups that combine human rights expertise, media and film studies and art advocacy strategies. The core sessions develop issues relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights illustrated in Films, a History of Human Rights Cinema, Freedom of Expression and Censorship, the Role of the Media in Advancing Human Rights Causes, the Use of Video in Human Rights Documentation and Advocacy, Production and Distribution of Human Rights Films and Social Documentaries and Film Project Development. Each module is illustrated by film screenings, discussions and workshops.



Participants are expected to pitch film, video or media ideas for the promotion of the human rights cause to invited institutions and organizations for possible collaboration, funding and partnership.



Filmmakers, Film Enthusiasts, Media Practitioners, Students, Educators, Professionals of Human Rights groups, Media, NGOs, Arts Community and Advocacy sector from all over the Philippines and Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply. The program selects a maximum of 25 participants through a rigid application and selection process on the basis of their motivation, practice and commitment to human rights and advocacy and media issues.

Gender and regional balance is also taken into account in order to form a homogeneous group. Proficiency in English is a requirement as all courses shall be held in English. Certificates shall be given only to participants who have finished at least 90% of the workshop.



International Participants: $300
Professionals: Php10,000
Students: Php7,500
*Inclusive of lunch, snacks, and kit for the 6-day workshop.

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Deadline of application is on

FEBRUARY 23, 2018


For inquiries, contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +639984858646



DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism is a group of artists-activists building a movement of heroism towards social transformation. It cultivates one’s innate heroism, organizes communities of heroes and creatively fosters social involvement by building one’s capacity to make change, influencing individuals and groups to be part of the movement for change, and taking on advocacies and social concerns to bring about strategic actions that make real change.



Active Vista is a learning center established by DAKILA to address the pressing need for human rights education and to encourage social advocacy involvement in the Philippines. Active Vista facilitates the learning process of empowering citizens into becoming agents of social change. It started as a human rights film festival in 2008 and has travelled to universities in key cities nationwide screening socially relevant films coupled by discussions on human rights issues of the films. The latest edition of the festival expanded into presenting human rights lens not only through films but also included theater, visual arts, music and performance art.



Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) is a not for profit organization dedicated to train and support young creative people to use, produce and distribute films to effectively expose human rights abuses, change public perceptions and affect change. CHRA organizes short training courses and events in selected regions of the world in association with local film festivals, academic and cultural institutions. These events are primarily aimed at local students, filmmakers and activists and develop different aspects on the connection between film, digital media and human rights using both a theoretical and practical approach.

It runs a variety of workshops and events in the United Kingdom, Jordan, Burkina Faso, China, Ethiopia and Myanmar. It continuously expands networks of partnerships with the aim to reach to places and communities where human rights film activity is most relevant but lack space for young people to learn, share stories and ideas, and produce effective human rights films that makes a difference. The 12th edition of the Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy (2017) is a training initiative jointly developed by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democraisation (EIUC) and CHRA.



WITNESS is a global network that supports people using video for human rights. It trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for human rights change. WITNESS helps human rights defenders use video to expose injustice by coordinating with local citizens and organizations, conducting on-the-ground trainings, and providing free online resources in multiple languages. It aims to ensure the media, policy and technology landscapes allow video to realize its full potential as a human rights tool. It identifies ways for citizens to capture and preserve footage to improve its chances of it being used in the courtroom. Drawing on its work in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America, it presents case studies illustrating the power of citizen media as a tool for change and a vehicle for free expression, as well as the challenges and opportunities posed by this new landscape.



At the forefront of Filipino film education, practice, and scholarship, the UP Film Institute of the premiere state university is the only internationally-accredited academic institution in the country offering film courses for both undergraduate and master’s degrees. It is attached to the UP College of Mass Communication. Established in March 2003 by the UP Board of Regents, the UPFI merges two units: the former UP Film Center and the Film and Audiovisual Communication Department of the UP College of Mass Communication. The UPFI’s academic programs aim to contribute to the development of genuinely Filipino national cinema by producing graduates with a well-rounded liberal arts education as well as creative and technical skills and a keen sense of social responsibility. It seeks to instill increased professionalization in Philippine film practice and upgrade local film scholarship. The BA Film program, which started in 1984, is still the only one in the Philippines that offers a holistic approach to the art and scholarship of film. Leaders in the local mainstream film and media, advertising, television, public information and relations, and corporate communications are graduates of this program. The MA Media Studies - Film Program, started in 2004, focuses on the study of film vis-á-vis the increasingly urgent issues of globalization and new media technologies, as it provides Filipino scholars with a means of closely inspecting and evaluating film as a complex social, cultural and economic phenomenon.



The Ateneo Human Rights Center was established as one of the first university-based institutions engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. Housed in the School of Law of the Ateneo de Manila, AHRC’s initial program was a Summer Internship Program designed to provide law students with exposure to human rights work and advocacy. At present, AHRC pursues its mandate of protecting and promoting human rights through increasingly varied programs and services that includes legal assistance, research and publication, law and policy reform advocacy, education and training, institution building, curriculum development and values formation. AHRC actively participates in the integration of human rights laws into the mainstream through curriculum development, such as introducing law students to human rights advocacy and awareness within the framework of the legal system. AHRC has been instrumental in the introduction of human rights courses into the Ateneo Law curriculum through elective courses on the subjects of Human Rights Law, Children’s Rights Law, Women’s Rights Law, Indigenous Peoples Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law.


Nick Danziger
Photographer and Filmmaker, CHRA 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
CHRA Associate Director

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 10 years, Claudia has been able to combine her two great passions, film and human rights as Associate Director of the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) and has designed and run CHRA outreach workshops in Europe, Asia and Africa and has also supported aspiring filmmakers as a media tutor.

Arul Prakkash
WITNESS Program Manager for Asia and the Pacific

Before joining WITNESS, Prakkash served as the executive director and senior program staff member of Pusat Komas, a human rights and popular communications NGO in Malaysia. Prakkash has a background in grassroots community organizing with urban poor youth, indigenous communities and plantation workers with a focus on the use of popular media to empower and advocate for human rights. Prakkash played a vital role in setting up community-based media centers and training NGOs and communities on using video for change. Prakkash’s expertise also extends to other popular communications tools for information dissemination, community education and using internet and social media technology for human rights in Southeast Asia. He founded “code4change” a initiative to empower and support non-profit organizations and communities with digital information and communication technologies to effect social and environmental change. He was also a member of the first steering committee of BERSIH 2.0, a civil society movement advocating for free and fair elections in Malaysia and later helped set up and co-coordinate a nationwide election observation body (using a web based platform) that trained hundreds of independent observers during the 2013 Malaysian general elections.

  • March 17, 2018 at 12:00pm – March 22, 2018
  • Videotheque, UP Film Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City