28 June, 2013
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A “Summer Workshop on Cinema and Human Rights” was held on 13-16 May by Lingnan’s Centre for Cinema Studies, in its first collaboration with the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Speakers from mainland China, Hong Kong, the UK and the US not only employed academic theories to delve into the analysis of human rights issues in various countries through documentaries; they also screened related documentaries, including Unjust (directed by Josefina Bergsten, 2010) that looks into the human rights situation in Southeast Asia, and Taishi Village (directed by Ai Xiaoming, 2005) that centres on Taishi villagers in Panyu, Guangdong defending their rights. These talks and films showed 20 local and foreign student participants how to express concern for community and global issues through perspectives ranging from basic theories and conceptions to shooting techniques.

The four-day workshop brought together passionate scholars, artists, human rights defenders and students from around the globe, and also provided new creative elements for the future production and study of documentaries.