Human Rights Film Club

Project Overview

Raises awareness about human rights through a series of documentaries, presentations and discussions with invited guest speakers and an active audience.

Identifying the Problem

Like most human rights activists, Kasper knows that there is always more to learn. He was especially interested in creating a platform that would broaden peoples’ knowledge about human rights issues, no matter how much they already knew from a personal, professional or academic level. He also wanted to create a space that would encourage networking and allow people interested in the same human rights issues to meet one another and share ideas and resources. Kasper was hopeful that more opportunities for engaging in human rights discourse would not only increase knowledge of human rights issues, but lead to more effective, corroborative strategies for addressing human rights issues in Denmark and around the world.

Creating A Solution

Kasper decided to create the Human Rights Film Club, where the only 'requirement' to join is a genuine interest in human rights. He started the project with a group of volunteers, most of whom are international students from all over the world. At the beginning of each month, Kasper meets with the group of volunteers to determine that month’s human rights theme. They consider the suggestions from followers of the project's Facebook page, and vote on which relevant human rights issue to address. They then identify a contemporary documentary that covers that specific human rights issue, as well as invite a guest speaker who is well-versed on the topic. 

Since many of the themes revolve around urgent human rights issues, Kasper partnered with Amnesty International Denmark, which provides signature petitions at the events. Each event is free of charge and hosted by FairBar, a volunteer-run café that donates its coffee proceeds to a community building project in India. Once the details of the monthly event are confirmed with FairBar, Kasper advertises the documentary screening through Facebook and by placing posters around his university campus.

The monthly screenings have been a large success, with the audience continuously expanding. Participants leave with a stronger understanding of the particular human rights issue covered during the event, as well as new friendships with others who are interested in human rights. 

Lessons Learned

Kasper’s biggest struggle was keeping his group of volunteers motivated. He stresses the importance of reminding volunteers how important their work is and how much they are appreciated, in addition to requesting their presence at the events. By encouraging the volunteers to attend the screenings, the network of participants expands not only to include the volunteers themselves, but their friends who inevitably join them. Kasper believes this is a great way to keep the network growing.

Get Involved!

Kasper intends to continue this project, which will help increase exposure to relevant human rights issues and give members of the Human Rights Film Club more opportunities to strengthen their skills in organizing events, delivering presentations and moderating discussions. He is also contemplating creating a similar film club in Copenhagen. Kasper would love to hear from other Senior Fellows who are interested in collaborating with him on similar projects, or who would like to learn more about developing such a project. He can be contacted directly via email.

Funding

This project required very little funding, as the venue and screening equipment were provided free of charge.

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