Speak Truth to Power Video Contest

Guidelines and Resources

Select a human rights defender from the Speak Truth to Power lesson plans who has worked to promote, protect, or advance human rights locally, nationally, or internationally.

Check out previous contest winners and review these resources to learn more about lighting, sound, and camera work.

Create a 3-5 minute video that utilizes creative storytelling to engage the viewer in a human rights issue. Videos should creatively answer most of the questions below. The chosen defender/topic as well as the selected storytelling format should guide your decision on what to include in the film.

Consider these questions to guide your story-making process:

  • What is the human rights issue?

  • How does the human rights issue relate to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

  • How did the defender attempt to improve the situation?

  • What is the connection between your chosen defender and the work of Bobby Kennedy? (you can use quotes, archival footage or include a connection in the film’s narration)

  • How is the human rights issue connected to your community?

  • What can the defenders’ work teach us?

  • How can someone help with this issue and be a defender?

  • What have you done to uplift your community as a result of making your video?

Creative storytelling is encouraged! The format is open to:

  • Documentary
  • Stop motion

  • Narrative

  • Digital photo essay

  • Public service announcement

  • Short form comedy

  • Drama

  • Experimental

  • iPhone only

  • Other innovative techniques

Make sure your video follows Copyright & Fair Use rules.

Submit your film by April 19, 11:59 PM EDT on our entry portal (coming soon!).

Let everyone know how art can create a more just and peaceful world by spreading the word about the contest through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Speak Truth Video Contest Copyright & Fair Use Rules

MOTION MEDIA:

Up to 10 percent of the total or three minutes, whichever is less.

TEXT MATERIAL:

Up to 10 percent of the total or 1,000 words, whichever is less. An entire poem of less than 250 words may be used, but no more than three poems by one poet or five poems by different authors in an anthology. For poems exceeding 250 words, 250 words should be used but no more than three excerpts from one poet or five excerpts from different poets in the same work.

MATERIAL LYRICS, AND MUSIC VIDEO:

Up to 10 percent of the work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work.

ILLUSTRATIONS OR PHOTOGRAPHS:

No more than five images from one artist or photographer. No more than 10 percent or 15 images, whichever is less, from a collection.

NUMERICAL DATA SETS:

Up to 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.

MUSIC, LYRICS, AND MUSIC VIDEO:

Up to 10 percent of the work but no more than 30 seconds of the music or lyrics from an individual musical work.

NUMERICAL DATA SETS:

Up to 10 percent or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table.

Adapted from Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web. ©1996-2202.

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