In Media Arts class our last major assignment is creating films for the The Speak Truth To Power student video competition. The contest encourages high school students to become engaged in human rights and is sponsored by New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) and is based on Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth To Power.
Contest participants must choose one of the RFK Center Human Rights Defenders identified on the website and create a 3-5 minute video short 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.
We are looking for films to creatively answer the following questions:
- What is the human rights issue and who is the activist who has attempted to improve the situation?
- How did the activist attempt to improve the situation?
- How is their work connected with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
- How is this work connected to the student's local community (neighborhood/school)?
- When relevant, what is the activist's organization, or how is their work being continued in the world?
- What can the activist's life teach us?
The example above from Harborfields was the winner of last years contest and it gives a great sense of the expectation. The final film is due Wednesday January 21, it must be submitted online, and will be the final film of the semester.