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Human rights, SMS and the power of film

Tonight sees the screening of The Reckoning” – a film about the battle for the International Criminal Court – at The Soul of The New Machine human rights conference in Berkeley, California. In this – the sixth in our series of FrontlineSMS guest posts – Paco de Onis, the films’ Director, talks about how they plan to use FrontlineSMS as a way of engaging their audience as the film is shown around the world

"The Reckoning"The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague represents the most ambitious attempt ever to apply the rule of law on a global scale to protect the most basic human rights. It emerged from and reflects a world where sovereign nations are increasingly interdependent and at risk. In order to increase awareness of the ICC and highlight the essential role that justice can play in moving societies from violent conflict to peace and stability, Skylight Pictures produced the feature-length documentary film The Reckoning.

To accompany the release of The Reckoning, Skylight Pictures and the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) are co-producing IJCentral, designed to be the core of a global grassroots social network and resource for the international movement to bring perpetrators of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide to justice. IJCentral will implement a multi-platform strategy with online mapping technology to visualize the movement, aggregating blogs, news feeds, short films and media modules created for education and advocacy.

One of the most exciting features of IJCentral will be FrontlineSMS two-way “listening posts” that will allow us to hear from concerned citizens around the world using their mobile phones to join the global conversation about justice, and respond to calls to action coming from the IJCentral social network. These “listening posts” will be deployed through the global network of our strategic partner the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC), an umbrella organization of 2,500 NGOs and civil society groups that has been at the forefront of the international justice movement since 1995.

IJ Central

A high school class in Indianapolis will be able to have a real-time SMS exchange with an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Uganda, for example, or in a presentation to Congress the IJCentral map could light up with geolocated SMS messages calling for an effective international justice system. As it accumulates content from users engaged with international justice, IJCentral will become an invaluable database for defending human rights around the world, and a powerful action tool.

For more than 25 years Skylight Pictures has been committed to producing artistic, challenging and socially relevant independent documentary films on issues of human rights and the quest for justice. Through the use of film and digital technologies, we seek to engage, educate and increase understanding of human rights amongst the public at large and policy makers, contributing to informed decisions on issues of social change and the public good. We see FrontlineSMS as a hugely valuable tool in enabling us to open the debate further, and to include individuals and communities who may have otherwise been excluded.

The International Center for Transitional Justice assists countries pursuing accountability for past mass atrocity or human rights abuse. The Center works in societies emerging from repressive rule or armed conflict, as well as in established democracies where historical injustices or systemic abuse remain unresolved.

Thank you. You can also follow our work on Twitter via @pacony and @IJCentral

Paco de Onis
Director, “The Reckoning”
www.thereckoningfilm.com

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1 agahran (Amy Gahran) { 05.05.09 at 4:36 pm }

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2 Amy Gahran { 05.05.09 at 4:36 pm }

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3 IJCentral (IJCentral) { 05.05.09 at 4:39 pm }

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5 changefeed (changefeed) { 05.05.09 at 4:51 pm }

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7 giabianca (Gina Anderson) { 05.05.09 at 5:46 pm }

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8 Gina Anderson { 05.05.09 at 5:46 pm }

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11 ricaji (ricaji) { 05.05.09 at 6:09 pm }

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78 lovisatalk (lovisa) { 05.06.09 at 1:47 pm }

RT @frontlinesms: New @frontlinesms guest post on “Human rights, SMS and the power of film”. http://is.gd/wXj7 #newmachine #ijcentral

79 lovisa { 05.06.09 at 1:47 pm }

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80 platoniq (platoniq) { 05.06.09 at 1:52 pm }

New @frontlinesms guest post on “Human rights, SMS and the power of film”. http://is.gd/wXj7

81 platoniq { 05.06.09 at 1:52 pm }

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82 Paco { 05.06.09 at 3:04 pm }

Thank you all for the reposts and helping get the word out!

83 The Soul of the #NewMachine Human Rights Conference Recap from a Madagascar Viewpoint { 05.11.09 at 8:58 pm }

[...] here is the notes from Erik’s talk at the conference and a post on Kiwanja website on how FrontlineSMS was used in the film “The Reckoning”.   No groundbreaking new here so I will take this opportunity to describe and thank the great [...]

84 Josef Scarantino { 06.16.09 at 7:05 pm }

“Human rights, SMS and the power of film” http://ow.ly/emUk (via @kiwanja) also check out @IJCentral & @pacony

85 jscarantino { 06.16.09 at 7:05 pm }

“Human rights, SMS and the power of film” http://ow.ly/emUk (via @kiwanja) also check out @IJCentral & @pacony

86 Josef M. Scarantino { 06.16.09 at 7:05 pm }

“Human rights, SMS and the power of film” http://ow.ly/emUk (via @kiwanja) also check out @IJCentral & @pacony

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