Honouring human rights on film
The shortlist for Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Rights Film Awards has been unveiled by jury members Lenny Abrahamson and Conor McPherson.
As ever, the six films on the shortlist direct attention to a wide range of concerns. From Spain, Nacho Gil’s Una Delgada Linea addresses homelessness. Roisin Lough- ery’s The Room deals with art and disability. Virginia Manchado’s Modou Modou, concerns itself with economic migration. Niamh Heery’s Harmanli: Trapped on the Fringe of Freedom concerns the Syrian refugee crisis.
Alan Whelan’s Food not Fuel investigates the expropriation of indigenous land in Guatemala for cash crops. Eric Esser’s Chaja and Mimi has fresh things to day about the Holocaust. The shortlist will be the subject of a gala screening in Dublin’s Light House Cinema on June 26th, where the winning film will be announced. To view the films, and for more about the competition, see humanrightsfilmawards.org