The University of Toronto Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights is seeking submissions for the 2nd Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
The University of Toronto Chapter of Journalists for Human Rights is seeking submissions for the 2nd Annual Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. In co-Partnership with CitizenShift, the festival, which will be hosted at the National Film Board’s Toronto Mediateque on July 23rd- 25th, will showcase Canadian films that highlight both national and international human rights issues.
The Human Rights Doc-Fest will be accepting submissions of documentary films under 90 minutes until June 1st 2010. Submissions will be placed in two categories, those with a production budget higher than $5000 and those below $5000. Submissions will be judged by a panel of high profile, industry leading judges from organizations such as jhr, the University of Toronto, Hotdocs Film Festival, Think Content Inc. and the Toronto Amnesty Business Human Rights Group.
This dossier presents some of the films screened at the 2009 festival, and will eventually also give visitors a chance to see the films from this years festival as well.
Indian Road was one of the films screened at Human Rights DocFest 2009, an initiative of Journalists for Human Rights. Check out the Human Rights DocFest dossier for more info on this years' festival.
For over 100 years, Native children in Canada were taken from their homes and put into residential schools. Away from their reserves and their families, the government became their guardian. In the fall of 2007, the largest class action settlement in Canada began issuing payments to survivors of these schools. But, not everyone took the money; Audrey Redman wanted more. Indian Road is the experience of one person of the thousands who were eligible for compensation. It was produced before the Government of Canada issued a formal apology to survivors in the summer of 2008. Though many call the residential school system a cultural genocide, the claim was not made in courts. In Audrey's eyes, her loss of autonomy, separation from family and disconnect from her culture warranted more. The documentary examines the institutional challenge of righting wrongs. How do we finally acknowledge what was done? Can things be made better? Does money help?