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Cuban Activism Amid Changing International Relations

While restrictions on Cuban media make it difficult to know what the average Cuban thinks of the current policy changes underway, a growing network of independent bloggers, news outlets, and activists are documenting developments and filming stories and opinions that the state-controlled media ignores.

Creating a Movement to Just Say No to the War on Drugs

Eugene Jarecki’s documentary takes on the US’ war on drugs, calling for a shift in public perception and policy around drug use. This is the final in our interview series with the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award winners.

This Week on The Human Rights Channel: Haiti, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

Saudi Arabia takes punitive measures against a blogger charged with insulting Islam, citizen journalists in the Nuba Mountains report that December was the most violent month in the war in South Kordofan, and the anniversary of Haiti’s devastating quake is marked with a protest against political gridlock.

Music Monday – 2015 New Year Edition, Beginnings

Our first Music Monday – 2015 New Year edition, Beginnings is a song list to inspire activists’ daily work because every day is a new beginning.

Documenting Rio’s Resistance: Interview with ‘State of Exception’ Director Jason O’Hara

In his new film Canadian documentary filmmaker Jason O’Hara takes on forced evictions and mega-events, working collaboratively with Rio’s communities to tell stories of resistance and document human rights abuses since 2010.

Director Michèle Stephenson Discusses Impact and “American Promise”

Our series of interviews featuring the filmmaking teams behind the the five winners of the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award for documentaries continues this week with an interview with Michèle Stephenson, director of American Promise.

This Week on the Human Rights Channel – ICYMI Edition

From the results of Kashmir’s election to an interview with Aleppo’s Free Syrian Army fighters, and calls for peace and security in Pakistan following the deadly school attack last month, this posts features some of the citizen reports that came out at the end of 2014.

Video Evidence from Sri Lanka’s No Fire Zones Spurs UN Investigation

Filmmaker Callum Macrae discusses his documentary looking into and calling for a UN investigation of human rights abuses committed toward the end of Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war.

Maziar Bahari on Solitary Confinement, Freedom of Expression, and the Future of (Citizen) Journalism

Maziar Bahari speaks to WITNESS about the new film “Rosewater” which tells the story of his solitary confinement and torture in an Iranian prison.

The Blackfish Effect – How Film Can Impact Big Business

Interview with Britdoc Impact Award winner, filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite, about the social change influence her documentary, “Blackfish,” has had on big business and in legal courtrooms.

Reporting on Sexual Assault and Gender-Based Violence: #16 Days Round-Up

In this round-up we share noteworthy videos, articles and resources that were published during this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign.

Top 7 Takeaways from WITNESS’ Guide to Filming Sexual Violence Survivors

The Syria Justice and Accountability Center shares key guidance from a WITNESS guide designed to help effectively document sexual and gender based violence in Syria.