Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Stories on Human Rights - By Filmmakers, Artists and Writers

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a non-governmental organisation, Art for the World, commissioned a series of 22 short films created by some of the world's leading directors. The films are associated with a book which features the works of 12 internationally-known writers, including five Nobel Prize Winners, and posters designed by arts students.

The project was made possible thanks to the commitment and creative support of many individuals, and the financial support of the European Union, the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, and SESC in São Paulo, Brazil.

Upcoming screenings Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Milan , Italy , Feb 27 – Mar 8, 2009 Ankara Film Festival , Turkey , Feb 22 – March 1, 2009 Milan Film Festival Sguardi Altrove (Looking Elsewhere) - March 3, 2009 Flux Laboratory, Geneva , Switzerland , in the context of the Human Rights Festival, March 5 International Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva , Switzerland , Mar 6-15, 2009 One World International Film Festival (selection), Prague , Czech Republic , Mar 11-19, 2009 Festival International de Films de Femmes, Créteil , France , March 13, 2009 Cape Wine Lands Film Festival, Cape Town , South Africa , March 21-29, 2009 Human Rights Film Festival, Zagreb , Croatia , Mar. 24-28, 2009 Amnesty International Film Festival, The Hague , The Netherlands , Apr. 2-8, 2009 Festival Doc à Tunis , Tunisia , Apr. 2-6, 2009  JeonJu International Film Festival, Seoul , South Korea , Apr. 30-May 8, 2009   Jerusalem International Film Festival , Israel , Jul. 9-18, 2009  Vila do Conde Film Festival, Lisboa , Portugal , Jul. 2-12, 2009  Sarajevo Film Festival , Bosnia and Herzegovina , Aug. 12-20,2009 Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine , Oct. 24- Nov.1, 2009    The ProjectE The DirectorsE The Press kit E | F(All files above are in PDF format) E: EnglishF: French         Related materials The UDHR in Six ThemesStories on Human Rights uses the universal language of art to tell stories through six themes that together capture the ideals enshrined in the Universal Declaration: culture, development, dignity and justice, environment, gender and participation. Book: A high quality publication which includes the works of 12 renowned writers, interviews with the filmmakers and photos from the making of the films.     Posters: Arts students from all over the world competed to design posters inspired by the six themes of the UDHR

Film project

Stories on Human Rights

Messages and statements

Navi Pillay,
High Commissioner for Human Rights
Statement for Human Rights Day 2008
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Ban Ki-moon,
UN Secretary General

Message for Human Rights Day 2007
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Louise Arbour,
High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Statement for Human Rights Day 2007
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Speech commemorating Human Rights Day 2007

Summary statements of Human Rights Day event

Commemorative events

Detainees Week initiative

2008 UN Human Rights Prize

Human Rights Day 2007 webcast

Official Human Rights Day event:
Programme (Word)
Modalities (Word)

Related information

United Nations - Human Rights Day 2007

Know Your Rights 2008

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

UDHR in 413 translations

Universal donorship appeal

The history of Human Rights Day

Council of Europe