Video Conferences for Educators

In an exciting new project, CineSeeds will be working with ACMI Education to co-present a series of video conferences for teachers,  designed to introduce lesson plans that explore human rights through film and the Arts. See topics and dates below:

1. Introduction to Human Rights – Tuesday 13th August @ 4pm

This video conference will define what is meant by the term “human rights,” examined the origins of modern human rights, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and how to identify them. Additionally, concepts and themes related to human rights will be explored through two short films (one for primary and one for secondary). The video made from the conference is accompanied by a lesson plan and teaching resources. Lesson plan and resources available here!


2. The Rights of the Child – Tuesday 17th September @ 4pm

This video conference will examine the human rights of children under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, particularly how it is applicable in schools. We will be using two short films to discuss children’s human rights, Ali and the Long Journey to Australia (for years 5-6) and This is Yarra (for years 7-10).

Guests include Ali and the Long Journey to Australia Producer Lara McKinley (Oxfam/Monash University), Co-writer Mervi Kaukko (Tampere University) and Noble Park Primary Principal David Rothstadt. There will also be an expert from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission on hand to answer all your burning questions. Lesson plan and resources available here!


3. Indigenous Rights – Tuesday 15th October @ 4pm

Film: Brown Paper Bag

Using the short narrative film Brown Paper Bag as a touchpoint, this video conference will explore Aboriginal literacy and cultural rights. Join HRAFF’s screen educator, Kate Ficai as we discuss the power of storytelling and touch on how Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities protects the distinct cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Victoria. Guests include celebrated author, performer and poet Boori Monty Pryor (who plays himself in the film under discussion). Lesson plan and resources available here!


4. The Rights of People living with Disability – Tuesday 29th October @ 4pm

Film: Shakespeare in Tokyo

The last conference in the series will explore the rights and representation of people living with disabilities. Responding to the short narrative film Shakespeare in Tokyo, our guest speakers will discuss the reality of living with disability and how the Disability Discrimination Act aims to protect people across Australia from unfair treatment in many areas of public life. Lesson plan and resources available here!

Each video conference will run for 45 minutes.

If you think or your school might be interested in taking part sign up here.




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