Human Rights Film & Debate Tour
Bahia Tahzib-Lie, Human Rights Ambassador at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nadja Houben, impact producer and director of the Human Rights in the Picture foundation, are paying virtual and in-person visits to a wide range of schools and universities to interact with students on contemporary human rights issues. They use the power of storytelling through film to kick-start discussions with students about the meaning of human rights, both close to home and further afield. The stories provide students with the opportunity to critically reflect on human rights in their daily lives and the lives of others. And remind them that they could someday be victims of human rights violations themselves.
During the discussion, Bahia and Nadja invite students to share their views on what they’ve just seen and heard in the documentary and to contemplate whether they would be willing to stand up for their own rights or the rights of others. Students are also encouraged to share their understanding of what it means for an individual to suffer human rights violations. The discussion provides a safe, enabling space for students to open up to each other about their aspirations, concerns, needs and vulnerabilities in terms of human rights.
Each participating university or school selects one of these five human rights documentary films.
The films were all produced by the Human Rights in the Picture foundation.
In 2020-2021, Bahia and Nadja talked with students at universities and secondary schools, and at student-led events in the Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan and Poland. It is the goal to organise many more visits in 2022.