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The Journal of Short Film

Volume 9


Introduction to WITNESS
WITNESS uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. We empower people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change.

1. Shoot on Sight (2007, 13:00)
The Burmese military dictatorship’s ongoing offensive against its own civilians in Eastern Burma.

2. Garifunas Holding Ground (2004, 11:00)
The Afro-indigenous Garifuna people in Honduras struggle against an illegal highway that is destroying crops, old-growth forest, and the water supply.

3. Crying Sun (2007, excerpt: 4:00)
In Chechnya’s mountains, the ongoing conflict has forced families from their homes and is gradually destroying the unique culture of these communities.

4. Equal Access (2006, 16:00)
A case is made by Romani activists for integrated education for Romani children in Bulgaria.

5. Bound by Promises (2006, 17:00)
Every year, more than 25,000 workers are enslaved by landowners in rural Brazil, mostly in the Amazon region.

6. Darfur Destroyed (2004, 6:00)
Human Rights Watch’s short film gives voice to the refugees in Sudan’s Darfur region and calls for intervention to end the genocide.

7. Dual Injustice (2005, 16:00)
The story of one of more than 400 “feminicide” victims in Cuidad Juarez /Chihuahua, Mexico, and her cousin who was tortured to confess to her murder.

8. Awaiting Tomorrow (2006, 15:00)
Lacking health care and ostracized from society, youth infected with HIV/AIDS in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are further affected by the conflict in the region. 


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