1. This documentary tells the story of Geraldine McDonnell, who, along with four generations of her family, live in the Dunsink Lane halting site in Fingal, Co Dublin, where there is no proper sanitation, no mains electricity, and minimal access to fresh water. Geraldine eloquently describes the conditions in which she, her family and her neighbours have lived for the past 13 years, and the obstacles they have faced on a local and national level in their attempts to vindicate their right to adequate shelter and sanitation. This simple documentary is an eye-opening reminder of the inequalities that still exist in Irish society in the 21st century.

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  2. Extract from short documentary film about gay and lesbian public displays of affection.

    Winner of the 2011 Absolut Gaze Filmmakers Award
    Highly Commended at 2011 Iris Prize Festival.
    Directed by Anna Rodgers
    Produced by Zlata Filipovic

    Official Selections:
    Gaze International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (opening night film), Ireland
    Kerry Film Festival, Ireland
    Corona Cork Film Festival, Ireland
    IRIS Prize Festival, Wales
    PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival, Bloomington, USA
    Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, USA
    London Short Film Festival, UK
    The Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia
    Dingle International Film Festival, Ireland
    Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA
    Byron Bay International Film Festival, Australia
    Ashland Independent Film Festival, USA
    Boston Irish Film Festival, USA
    Cleveland International Film Festival, USA
    Pink Apple Festival, Switzerland

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    Chen Guangcheng, a blind, self-taught lawyer, began his human rights work by defending the economic rights of farmers and arguing for the rights of the disabled for the use of free public transport. He was also active in exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in and around Linyi City in Shangdong Province. In June 2005, Chen went to Beijing to file a class-action lawsuit against the Linyi authorities on behalf of women who had been subjected to abuse at the hands of family planning officials. The suit was rejected by the court. In August 2005, Chen and his family were placed under house arrest. In March 2006, Chen was taken from his home by police and disappeared for three months.

    Chen was formally arrested in June 2006 and his trial took place in Yinan County, Shandong province, in August 2006. The night before the trial, three members of his defence team were detained, and a fourth was beaten by unidentified men. His lawyers were prevented from entering the courtroom and in their places, Chen was defended by a court-appointed lawyer who was unfamiliar with the case. In a trial which lasted two hours, Chen was sentenced to four years and three months imprisonment on charges of damaging property and “organising a mob to disturb traffic”. An appeals court ordered a retrial in November 2006, but the original verdict was upheld when the retrial took place the following month.

    Chen was released, having served his sentence in full on 9 September 2010. On his release, Chen was taken to his home village, Dongshigu, in Shanghou Town, Yinan County, Shandong Province. He was immediately placed under house arrest along with his family – his wife, his mother and his six year old daughter. His ten year old son is in the care of relatives in another town. According to Chinese law expert, Prof. Jerome Cohen, there is nothing in Chinese law that he is aware of which allows for Chen’s continued detention. Phone lines in the house were cut and CCTV cameras were installed in the village. A group of men also blocked access to the village and chased anyway any journalists, friends, foreign diplomats or other human rights defenders who tried to access Chen. The only person allowed out of the house was Chen’s elderly mother, in order to buy food. Relatives were initially permitted to visit after being strip-searched, but since October 2010, these visits have these stopped. Equipment to block mobile-phone signals were also installed outside the house to ensure that the family could not communicate with the outside world.

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  4. Leave to remain traces a young mans memories of coming to Ireland as an unaccompanied minor. He recalls his time in Ireland's care system, and the long journey to getting leave to remain.

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  5. Shortlisted for the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards, this documentary by Roser Corella is an elegant exploration of the role of manual human labour in a globalised 21st century world. The film follows the lives of various workers in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, where millions of men and women carry out all manner of labour in the streets, factories, building sites and on the sea shore. These “machine men” are the engine that keeps this bustling metropolis running, and this film is a glimpse at the lives they lead.

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2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Shortlist

ICCL Human Rights Film Awards Plus

The six films shortlisted for the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. The shortlist will be the subject of an exclusive Gala Awards screening at the Light House Cinema on the evening of 28 June 2012, where the Jury will announce the winning film. PLEASE…


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The six films shortlisted for the 2012 ICCL Human Rights Film Awards. The shortlist will be the subject of an exclusive Gala Awards screening at the Light House Cinema on the evening of 28 June 2012, where the Jury will announce the winning film. PLEASE BEAR WITH US WHILE WE SOURCE ONLINE VERSIONs OF THE FILMS FROM ALL THE FILMMAKERS. More info: humanrightsfilmawards.org

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