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NMAP and the International Partnership for Human Rights invite applications for a 10-month mentorship program designed to support activists in creating and distributing media advocacy projects that challenge the way human rights are framed in countries of the former Soviet Union .
Over the course of the program, participants will produce short media works for distribution in their own countries.
The media produced may be in any format that can be shared with the public (e.g. short-form video, web-docs, interactive or multimedia installation, AR/VR, animation, crowd-sourced community storytelling, photography, etc.) and should aim to support a larger, ongoing campaign or advocacy goal.
In many parts of the world, human rights struggle to overcome a negative public image. This is partly because states have sought to suppress support for human rights by controlling its image on mainstream media outlets, but also because positive counter messaging struggles to engage audiences, and forms of alternative distribution are under explored.
This program proposes to influence attitudes towards human rights issues by experimenting with new approaches to storytelling and exploring more creative forms of audience engagement. This program is open to participants affiliated with human rights organizations or individual activists, who are passionate about human rights issues and want to positively influence attitudes towards these issues by experimenting with new narratives that go beyond traditional approaches.
Applicants representing ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or sexual minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.
For the full call and to download the application in English and Russian, go here.