Filmmakers from the fall 2012 Human Rights Film Series sat down with our graduate fellows to analyze the fundamentals of their films. Answering questions about structural elements, character arcs, creative content, and social impact yielded some surprising results.
First was Michael Collins, Director of "Give Up Tomorrow", a film about a boy wrongfully convicted of murder and sentenced to death in the Philippines. Next up was Karim El Hakim, Director of "½ Revolution", a film documenting the first eleven days of the Egyptian Revolution in Tahrir Square. Director/Producer pair Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall introduced their film "Call Me Kuchu" which details the lives of gay Ugandans as they fight to overturn the court’s ruling of the anti-homosexuality bill. Lastly was Director Pamela Yates whose film "Granito: How To Nail A Dictator" is a story of destinies joined by Guatemala’s civil war, the mass genocide of it’s people, and how a film made in the 80’s is being used as evidence to indict the former Army General.
The filmmakers shared some insightful words of advice for the next generation of aspiring filmmakers on how best to make rewarding films about human rights and social injustices. Visit the Pull Focus series on our website to see these most recent videos, as well as previous transcripts and interviews. You can find all the Center's video production on our Youtube Channel.