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.

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.

Music Monday – Human Rights Day Edition

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. For this Music Monday playlist we curated songs about well-known human rights defenders and about human rights more broadly.

An Interview with Pamela Yates About the Impact of “Granito”

Part of a series featuring the 2014 BritDoc Impact Award winners, we interview Pamela Yates about Granito which investigates how archival footage was used as evidence to bring an indictment against a former Guatemalan dictator.

Data and Storytelling: Crisis Mapping For Human Rights Solutions

WITNESS’ Alexandra Zaretsky learns that maps are not merely a way to freeze objects, people, and places at a specific moment in time. Rather, in the hands of this visionary community working on maps to enable social good, they can be so much more.

Music Monday: 16 Liberating Voices For Women’s Rights

These women artists sing about obstacles to social justice while also affirming and celebrating their invaluable role in bringing about change.

Filming Resources for Protests Honoring Missing Students of Ayotzinapa

With additional marches for the missing students of Ayotzinapa scheduled for December 1 (#1dicMx), it’s more important than ever to document these events with video and photos. Use these resources to prepare for today’s protest and those to follow.

Todxs Grabamos: Nuevas Protestas por los Estudiantes de Ayotzinapa

Con más marchas organizadas para el 1 de Diciembre (#1dicMx), hoy más que nunca se hace necesaria la documentación a través de video, fotografías. Usan estas recursos para preparar para esta marcha y las que siguen para justicia para los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa.

Music Monday – Nina Simone Inspires Activism

This Monday we feature Nina Simone, not only because she was a brilliant singer/songwriter, a Juilliard-trained pianist, but also because of her pivotal role on the Civil Rights Movement and the liberation struggle.

Will the Syrian Hero Boy Make Us Question Everything We See? (and why don’t we do that already?)

A video described as showing Syrian kids attacked by snipers was revealed to be the work of filmmakers and actors in Malta. It’s only the latest example of online video shared with misleading context.

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