Mindanao studes top UN human rights film tilt

Three 17-year-old high school students from Mindanao bagged the Grand Prize in the United Nations (UN) Philippines’ short film competition, “What Human Rights Mean to Me.”

Kian Cablinda, Angelo Famador and Scylla Reina Angcos—all students of Central Mindanao University Laboratory High School in Bukidnon province—won the top award for their film, entitled “To Be a Child.” They received their trophy and prizes at the Awards Night held last 5 December 2018 at Cinema 7 of SM Mall of Asia.

The human rights film contest was organized by the UN Philippines to mark the 70th anniversary this year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The contest was open to teams of three Filipinos, 13-18 years old.

Jose Luis “Chito” Gascon, chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), said, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a 70-year-old document, but sadly, it remains largely unfulfilled. There is a direct assault on the idea of human rights that we need to push back against. And the best way to do so is to make sure that we continue to inform, make people aware, and to mobilize people to act for and on behalf of the words in the human rights treaty. And what better way than to use the language of young persons—technology, visual arts—what human rights mean to them.”

Meanwhile, UN Philippines Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren said, “We need to make sure that the voices of young persons are heard– and that we open pathways for meaningful participation in decisions that affect them.”

He added, “It is very clear, peace, economic progress, social justice, tolerance – all this and more, today and tomorrow, has to include and draw inspiration from the voices of the young.”

The winners were selected by a panel of judges composed of Director Jose Javier Reyes, Director and Cinemalaya president Laurice Guillen, Chair Chito Gascon, and Mika Kanervavuori, senior human rights advisor for the UN Philippines.

For this occasion, the symbol for the anniversary of the human rights treaty was projected on the Globamaze, the gigantic LED globe of SM Mall of Asia. [Photo attached]

The winning film, “To Be a Child,” may be viewed at: https://youtu.be/aQmgGzmNVYU

Photo: [First row, fourth from L-R: Scylla Reina Angcos, Angelo Famador, Kian Cablinda; Second row, from R-L: Chair Chito Gascon, Mika Kanervavuori, UN Philippines senior human rights advisor, and UN Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren]

Photos of the event may be viewed here: https://bit.ly/2Lb6xoD