To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and make them accessible to the largest possible audience, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has chosen ART for The World to produce a long-feature film composed by a series of short films directed by filmmakers and video artists to convey the timeless significance of human rights and their underlying values.
Approximately 22 well-known filmmakers and video artists from all over the world have been contacted and - as a source of inspiration and orientation - provided with one cross-cutting theme representing the UDHR: Culture, Development, Dignity and Justice, Environment, Gender and Participation.
Following their personal vision, each of the invitees has written a story related to one of these six themes, and chosen all sort of different genres, locations, languages, sound tracks, etc. for their 3 minute short movie.
The Post Production
After delivery of all the completed short films by July 2008, each one will be subtitled in the six official languages of the United Nations (UN): English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Chinese and possible other languages to be decided.
Flaminio Zadra from Dorje Film will follow the post-production of the short movies and their compilation into one feature film.
The composer Michael Galasso, who is known for his soundtrack of Wong-Kar Wai’s film “In the Mood for Love” and his many original compositions for Robert Wilson’s performances and theater plays, will provided the long-feature film with a special composition for the sound track of the opening titles and the credits.
The official screenings
The long feature film will be presented on the day of the 60th anniversary of the UDHR, 10 December 2008, in many cities around the world, in particular in New York, in a special session of the UN General Assembly and in Paris at the Palais de Chaillot, where the declaration was signed in 1948.