A collaboration with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute and based on Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth To Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World, our middle and high school filmmaking competition encourages students to become engaged in human rights through video production.
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RFK Prize Packs for Top Four Middle and High School Films
Honorable Mention Listing
Open to Middle and High School Students
Contest participants must choose a human rights defender and create a 3-5 minute film. We are looking for student films that utilize creative storytelling to teach others about a human rights issue. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations that involve filmmaking components.
Students may choose to complete their project using a STTP Defender or they may also identify a local defender who has worked to defend, promote, protect, or advance human rights locally, nationally or internationally, as identified in the UDHR.
For the 2019 contest, make a connection between your chosen defender and the work of Robert F. Kennedy, which could be done through the use of a quote, archival footage, or by including a connection in the narration.
Films should creatively answer the following questions:
- What is the human rights issue?
- How did the STTP Defender attempt to improve the situation?
- What is the connection between your chosen defender and the work of RFK?
- How does the HR issue relate to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
- How is this work connected to the student's local community?
- What is the current status of the HR issue?
- What can the activist's life teach us?