Times Educational Supplement Partner badge

Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook RSS

Skip to main content

Human Rights Day

Introduction

After the Second World War, in 1948 the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights setting out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all people are entitled, wherever they are in the world.

The Declaration is the most translated document in the world appearing across the globe in 380 languages and dialects.

Human rights, dignities and freedoms are central themes of a wide number of films suitable for young people. Although it is rare for a film synopsis to draw an audience’s attention to this aspect of a film’s narrative, such issues are often embedded strongly in what we experience as we watch the film.

This resource offers a menu of films for you to use with your students in order to develop knowledge and understanding about the rights covered by the declaration, the ways in which these are breached and how some people have fought to uphold and protect their rights and those of others. It is left to the teacher's professional judgement as to whether or not to use clips from a range of films or to spend time exploring one film in detail; the approach outlined below is suitable for both.

A downloadable version of this resource is here.