ASK WHY? Film Club gathers students to discuss human rights in Denmark
November 1, 2019
Making people aware of human rights empowers them to protect themselves and others from violations - and as soon in life this is known, the better. That is why it is important to have human rights initiatives for children and teenagers, such as the ASK WHY? Film Club. Using the cinema as a classroom, the club gathers hundreds of school students to watch and debate documentaries, as a way of making them aware of different realities and reflect about their own.
In its fourth year, the Film Club started a new season this October in Denmark. Each season of the club has a general theme, with documentaries approaching it in different ways. This time, the project is reaching around 700 students in ages that are between 13 and 16 years old. The same groups come to the cinema on three occasions during the school year.
Carefully selected, this year’s documentaries deal with "equality of opportunity". The first film to be screened was “In the Name of Your Daughter”, a narrative that sheds light on the issues of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania. After the film, an invited guest from The Orchid Project - a charity working to end FGM - created dialogue with the students in a Q&A session.