Speak Truth To Power 2020 Student Video Contest
Students, create a video about human rights activism.
Your film featured at Tribeca Film Festival
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Due June 15th, 2020 - “The greatest voice is the voice of the people - speaking out - in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out - in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes - let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind." -Robert F. Kennedy

Sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers, Tribeca Film Institute and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and based on Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth To Power, this competition for middle and high school students encourages teens to become engaged in human rights through video production.

In partnership with the American Federation of Teachers and the Tribeca Film Institute, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights created the annual Speak Truth to Power Video Contest, calling on students to use film as a tool to discuss human rights issues that resonate with them. In creating these short videos, whether they be documentaries, narrative films or digital photo essays, students not only learn about human rights, but also become champions of change and social justice.

Submissions are judged by a panel of film industry experts, actors and educators, and contest winners will have their films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Contest participants must choose a human rights defender and create a film. They are looking for student films that utilize creative storytelling to teach others about a human rights issue. The format is open to documentary, stop motion, narrative, digital photo essay or other innovative explorations that involve filmmaking components.

Students may choose to complete their project using a STTP Defender or they may also identify a local defender who has worked to defend, promote, protect, or advance human rights locally, nationally or internationally, as identified in the UDHR.

For the 2019 contest, make a connection between your chosen defender and the work of Robert F. Kennedy, which could be done through the use of a quote, archival footage, or by including a connection in the narration.

Films should creatively answer the following questions:
 *What is the human rights issue?
 *How did the STTP Defender attempt to improve the situation?
 *What is the connection between your chosen defender and the work of RFK?
 *How does the HR issue relate to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
 *How is this work connected to the student's local community?
 *What is the current status of the HR issue?
 *What can the activist's life teach us?

Entries should be between 3-5 minutes in length.

Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.


Grand Prize Winners:
Films premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Open to middle and high school students (Grades 6-12) in the United States.


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