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Herself and Street Leagues among nominees for annual ICCL Human Rights in Film Award
21 Feb 2020 : News Desk
Herself will make its Irish premiere at VMDIFF.
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) and Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival have launched the ICCL Human Rights in Film Award, and a new ICCL Lifetime Contribution Award.

Both awards were launched by the jury who will decide on the winning film.

Ailbhe Smyth (Co-Director of Together for Yes and lifelong activist) will chair the jury for the ICCL Human Rights in Film Award. Ailbhe is joined on the jury by Brendan Courtney (broadcaster and fashion designer), Andrea Horan (campaigner and presenter of the United Ireland podcast), Bulelani Mfaco (spokesperson for the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland), and Aoife Kelleher (film director and writer).

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties also announced our new Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award.

Director Liam Herrick said: For years ICCL has celebrated the importance of the arts and especially film in raising consciousness of human rights. This year we’re delighted to announce that we will present a Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award alongside the film award. ICCL will honour a person who has used their fame and influence to advance the cause of human rights both at home and abroad; a person who passionately advocates for a better world.”

The ICCL Human Rights Film Award and the ICCL Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award will be presented at a ceremony in Dublin’s RHA on 6 March. A prominent Irish actor – to be announced on the night – will be the recipient of the latter award.

The Human Rights in Film Award celebrates films, which showcase human rights as a force for good in the world and allow audiences to learn about the many forms activism can take.

Five films are nominated for the Human Rights in Film Award 2020:

Herself (dir Phillyda Lloyd) tells the story of Sandra, a young Dublin mother struggling to provide her two young daughters with a home to grow up in. When it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, Sandra decides to build it herself from scratch.

Street Leagues (dir Daniel Holmes) follows the men and women of the Irish Homeless Street Leagues as they overcome homelessness and addiction through the power of sport. The film documents their journey to playing in the Homeless World Cup and features Colin Farrell who is an ambassador for the street leagues.

Hearts and Bones (dir Ben Lawrence) follows a war photographer and a South Sudanesse refugee who become friends in Western Sydney and find much in common despite their differences. An impressive narrative feature debut from Ben Lawrence the winner of last year’s Sydney Film Festival documentary prize for Ghosthunter.

Santiago Italia (dir Nanni Morretti) is set during the Chilean coup d’etat which led to Pinchet’s dictatorship and focuses on efforts by the Italian embassy to relocate those endangered by the regime. Told through the stories of survivors, Santiago Italia is an inspiring expression of hope in terrible circumstances.

Balloon (dir Pema Tseden) is the latest film from Tibetan director and author Pema Tseden, whose last film Jinpa won Best Screenplay Award in Venice’s Horizons section last year. The film is quasi-documentary style and follows a Tibetan sheep farming family through a seismic event.

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