The Human Rights Journalists Network Nigeria (HRJN) is set to host the first edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival.
The festival, which is scheduled to take place on December 10, 2022, is being held to commemorate International Human Rights Day.
This hybrid event will run for 3 days in the month of December. It will feature question-and-answer panel sessions from veteran film makers and masterclasses on scripting, direction, financing, distributing, and producing human rights films in Africa.
The goal of the film festival is to showcase local and international cinema, films, fiction, and documentaries that address human rights issues on the continent and across the world.
The core thematic areas of the film festival are: forced evictions; inclusive housing and urban development; police brutality and justice reform; digital rights and justice; gender and reproductive health rights; freedom of expression; political participation; and civic space.
The Executive Director of HRJN, Mr. Kehinde Adegboyega, who’s a film maker and human rights defender, noted that films can help spark conversations and make citizens take action on human rights issues within their society.
The festival will collaborate with different civic organisations that carry out advocacy on human rights and the thematic areas outlined for the first edition.
Human rights are a major concern for developing democracies in countries like Nigeria because citizens continue to experience different human rights abuses, including police brutality, gender-based violence, extra-judicial killings, and kidnappings by state and non-state actors, amongst others.