Transformation through human rights films

SOURCE: HSRC Review
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz
KEYWORDS: FILM INDUSTRY, HUMAN RIGHTS, TRANSFORMATION
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Development (HSD)
Web link: http://www.hsrc.ac.za/en/review/hsrc-review-march-2014/human-rights-films
Intranet: HSRC Library: shelf number 8145

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Abstract

In an increasingly digital age, films have the potential to promote human rights activism that could transform society. A key question to ask is, how do we decide on the scientific value of these films, Sharlene Swartz explores whether film can serve a similar purpose to, for example, a qualitative interview with a key informant or an ethnographic case study, to bring about social change. Film can persuade, educate, entertain, inform and is relied on to `document, explain, expose, or complicate global human rights issues' according to US political scientist, Safia Swimelar.