Summary: 10 December 2008, New York - To mark the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Commission and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is sponsoring a screening of "Stories on Human Rights" at UN headquarters in New York.
Today, the 10th of December 2008, it is 60 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in Paris. To commemorate this anniversary, the European Commission has funded a series of short films, "Stories on Human Rights," directed by prominent filmmakers, such as Idrissa Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso), Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas (Brazil), and Jasmila Banic (Bosnia), as well as video artists from all over the world.
The 22 short movies (3 minutes each) are inspired by the six themes of the Universal Declaration: culture; development; dignity and justice; environment; gender; and participation.
There will be a special screening of ten short films from the series in Conference Room 4 at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights will deliver the opening statement, to be followed by remarks from Peter Schwaiger, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the UN, Carolyn Gomes, of Jamaicans for Just and winner of the 2008 UN Prize in the field of human rights, and Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, Witness. The evening will be moderated by Kiyo Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Affairs.
Watch the trailer:
Download the brochure:
Stories on Human Rights (2MB)
EU Human Rights Report 2008 (1MB)