1. Select a Human Rights Defender from the STTP Lesson Plans or identify a Defender who has worked to promote, protect or advance human rights locally, nationally, or internationally. You can also find a list of STTP Defenders here.
3. 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 HR 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 RFK? (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?
4. Creative storytelling is encouraged! The format is open to:
- Stop motion
- Digital photo essay
- Public service announcement
- Short form comedy
- iPhone only
- Other innovative techniques
5. Make sure your video follows Copyright & Fair Use rules.
6. Submit your film by April 20, 11:59 PM EDT on our entry portal (coming soon!).
Winners will travel to New York to participate in the Tribeca Festival where their film will premiere at a special Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights event.
First, Second and Third place winners for the high school (grades 9-12) and middle school (grades 6-8) levels will receive a certificate and a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize package.
Depending on the entries received, additional awards may be given to:
- Most creative
- Best video created with only an iPhone
- School or community projects inspired by the creation of your video
NEW FOR 2022
25 films will receive honorable mentions, and the filmmakers and their teachers will receive RFK Human Rights T-shirts!