AHEAD of the inaugural edition of the Africa International Human Rights Film Festival, slated to hold between December 10-12, 2022 at the Goethe Institute, Victoria Island, and Spaces For Change, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria,, the organisers, Human Rights Journalists Network Nigeria, has received a total of 1,224 film entries from 20 countries across the eight continents of the world.
The highest number of entries, 137 films, was received from India, followed by 91 genres from the Islamic Republic of Iran, 72 from Brazil, 70 from Turkey, 56 from the host country, Nigeria, 55 from Spain, 50 from Italy and 48 from the United States of America.
The group made this known on Tuesday in a statement signed by the Founders Africa International Film Festivals, Kehinde Adegboyega in on December 6, Abuja.
The festival is yet another creative approach to beaming searchlights on the many issues of human rights abuses across the world in an attempt to expose the drivers of these atrocious activities, obtain justice for the victims, prevent/reduce possible social stigmas associated with the effects/impacts, and raise a globally driven coalition to drastically prevent it.
According to the statement, ” We believe that the Africa International Human Rights Film Festival will serve as a platform to start conversations and spur stakeholders to take action on fundamental human rights and abuses in Nigeria, Africa and anywhere in the world,” said, kehinde Adegboyega, the host.”
The entries are feature length and short films that attempt to expose how the fundamental human rights of the people are being infringed upon by officials, using the instrumentality of political powers, state resources, law enforcement agencies, poverty, and technology, to keep the masses perpetually vulnerable and at the mercy of the abusers.
DATA REPRESENTATION BY CATEGORY
Analysis of the entries shows that the following categories received the following numbers:
Civic and Political rights received a total of 523 entries, representing 26.6% of the total;
Gender Rights received a total of 443, representing 22.5% of the total; Migration received 270 submissions, representing 13.7% of the total;Climate Change and Justice had 268 total entries, representing 13.6% of the total;
Disability Rights had 190 films submitted, indicating a 9.7% of the total; Urban Development and Forced Eviction received 176 entries, representing 9% of the total; Digital Rights received 95 firm entries, indicating a 4.8% of the total submissions.
Other top entrants include France with a total of 37 entries, Egypt with 33 entries, China with 26 entries, Greece with 23 entries, Bangladesh with 21, Russian Federation with 20 entries, Argentina with 18, Germany with 16, Colombia with 16, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Austria sharing 15 entries apiece, Pakistan 14, Ukraine 12, Canada 12, Philippines 11, and Portugal 10 respectively.
Apart from Nigeria, Other top entrants from Africa include Uganda with 24 entries, Tunisia with 19, Cameroon with 17, South Africa with 13, Morocco with 13, and Algeria with nine.
Currently, 20 internationally acclaimed and award-winning Filmmakers, Human Rights, and Civic Space Experts are sorting through the massive entries to pick the best films to be screened at the international event.
They include, Isreal M. Scott, an Adjunct Professor from Marymount Manhattan College, United States, Oluwatoyin Ganiyu, an aced entertainment journalist and Radio/TV Host, and representatives of the Spaces for Change, and ActionAid, two of the headline sponsors among others.
Oluwatoyin is one of the selected six Nigerian entertainment journalists by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) as part of its new 103 non-member voters for the 80th Golden Globe Awards.
Kizito Samuel Saviour, a multi-award-winning Ugandan filmmaker who majors in Film Production, Script Writing, and Directing, is leading the team of juries for the festival.
Kizito reputed for his immense contributions to the industry, was a Production Tutor at the ESOM School of Music, Directing for Screen Tutor at the Media Vision Academy, all in Uganda; a Film & Television Studies Mentor at the University of Limpopo in South Africa, and a mentor to several upcoming filmmakers and actors in Uganda and Africa at large.
He has worked as a Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor on films like; MANIA (2022), Your Turn (2022), Catch Out (2021), KEMI (2020), Judas Kiss (2019), The Forbidden (2018), Extra Time (2017) and Bunjako (2016) among others
His works have earned him over 130 international nominations and 30 international awards from film festivals and film awarding platforms from all over the world.
The Festival will also feature various panel discussions on using films to drive human rights advocacy in Nigeria.
MASTERCLASS ON PITCHING FOR FUNDING
One of the high points of the 3-day event is a Masterclass titled Pitching Your Story for Funding by Eran B.Y, an Israeli Script Editor, Executive Producer, and TV Host. Eran reputed for raising millions of US Dollars for his film projects will be sharing winning pitch ideas with film producers and aspiring filmmakers.
The Human Rights Journalists Network is collaborating with Goethe Institute, Spaces for Change, ActionAids and many other organisations to host the film festival.