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Fight against climate change is at the same time advocacy for human rights.  Would you like to have deeper knowledge on issues from this perspective, to produce from what you have learned and contribute in societal transformation?  We are inviting you to our Film Workshop on Climate Crisis and Human Rights this summer.  Participation will be limited so hurry up and send us your letter of motivation!


Climate crisis caused by human activities, irrespective of our location and time, has put not only our entire current ecosystem but also the future one, at risk.


Climate crisis affects us all, yet not in the same way; it affects some of us earlier and some others more.  Climate change not only leads to new inequalities but also amplifies the already existing ones. What is climate justice?  What is sustainability?  Why do we need it?  How do we ensure wide participation in this process?  Is it related to cultural transformation?  What are the problems of gender equality accompanying climate change?


Would you like to make a film drawing attention to human rights issues caused directly and indirectly by climate change and the emerging climate crisis that will have an impact on the audience?  If yes, spare 1,5 hours a week this summer; let’s discuss how we can achieve this.


Prof. Dr. Nezih Orhon (Anadolu University) who organises workshops on climate communication and lectures on short film production, and Pınar Öncel and Tuna Özçuhadar founders of the Sustainable Living Film Festival, have combined theory and practice by developing a 7 episode workshop. 


Why is climate change an emergency?  How do the changes in the world affect our individual lives or how do our individual lives cause changes in the world?  Which are the signs of our times?  How re we affected from a human rights’ perspective?  What is a rights-based approach?  Let’s work together to become aware of all these and make the change that we want and deserve. 


If you think you have a word to say on human rights issues caused directly and indirectly by climate change and the emerging climate crisis, you are at the right place.  

We have only 26 places at our free e-workshop! If you want to participate, just write a letter of intention and send it to us. 

Deadline for application: 30 June 2021 18:00 hrs.

Start of webinar: 08 July 2021 21:00 hrs

Please click here to apply.

Contact us on EU-HRFilmDays@gopacom.eu if you have any questions. 


Film Workshop on Climate Crisis and Human Rights

Who can participate?

All movie-lovers (including directors, producers, producer/director candidates, and scriptwriters) that are fully fluent in Turkish.


Selection Criteria 

All applicants are requested to submit a letter of intent comprising 3000 characters expressing their commitment to the course and explaining their motives for participation in the programme. The selection process will be based on these letters of intent.

These letters of intent must respond to the following questions:

1. Why do you want to take part in a seminar like this? What sort of contribution do you expect to see out of it for your work? What is your interest in this subject/how do you want to improve yourself?

2. What comes to your mind when we talk about climate change/crisis as a human rights matter?

3. What sort of power/potential do you think the content and presentation of films, media, and commercials etc. have in terms of drawing attention to climate change and contributing to the necessary transformation to tackle this crisis? Please explain through examples.

4. Considering limited participation in the seminar, why should we select you?

The participants will be selected by a committee composed of Prof. Dr. Nezih Orhon, and the representatives of Sustainable Life Film Festival and the EU Delegation to Türkiye.


Where and How?

This seminar comprising 7 workshops of average 1.5 hours each will be held online and in Turkish. Each week research, film screenings and different exercises outside the seminar hours are expected to run either as individual or group studies for 2-3 hours.

Our online seminar will begin on 8 July take place once a week (on Thursdays) at 21.00 hrs.

Certification and undertaking

Each participant agrees and undertakes to shoot a short film of 3 to 10 minutes within 1 month following the completion of the workshop series. Participants who follow all the workshops in the series will be entitled to receive a certificate of attendance.


Contents of the workshop

1. Climate change and system dynamics: 

 We will focus on the principles of a rights-based approach from the perspective of climate change and then proceed with the climate workshop. With the En-ROADS simulator developed by MIT Sloan and Climate Interactive, we will prepare a climate scenario jointly with the participants to reach the 1.5°C temperature increase target set in the Paris Climate Agreement.  This will give an idea about the subject and scope of the film to be produced on this subject thanks to the workshop, by understanding the system dynamics and relations of a complex issue such as climate change.

2. Climate change and human rights from the perspective of Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals:

We will analyse the reasons of, and ecological and social problems caused by, climate change, which is closely related to all other system problems as a systemic issue, and their relation with human rights. We will address the issues of European Green Deal, emission reduction and adaptation to the effects of climate change.

3. Climate change from the perspective of human rights:

We will address climate change from the perspective of climate justice as a principle, and fair transformation and gender equality as a tool, and we will analyse what it means in terms of human rights by focusing on the social dimensions of climate change.

4. Social change and the effects of films:

An interactive session will be held on the basis of the idea that “films don't change the world, but those who watch them can”. Can the impact to be created by films be planned in a way to make films the catalyst of socio-cultural transformation? What does an impact-oriented film mean? We will address the issues of understanding the impact of visual communication and visual experience on viewers; identifying and recording through images. 

5. The Responsibility of Viewing and Screening:

Filmmaking exercises for social change will be the focus. We will have exchanges and exercises on topics such as “Can filmmaking merely be pressing the record button? How can we make the connection between the visualising and the visualised? What does a target-oriented filmmaking mean? What does it mean to provoke thinking of change by filmmaking?” 

6. Climate change meets the objective and finding different ways of storytelling:

Climate change in documentary. Thinking of different experiences. Focusing on climate change in different types of films. Finally, we will plan climate change and human rights short film activities and hold a teamwork.

7. Sharing and assessment of the works.

Each team will present their work produced in one week in the predefined order and get feedback from trainers. We will finalise our on-line workshop with sharing of experiences.





Instructors’ Brief Resumes:


Pinar Oncel is a designer and creative facilitator focusing on developing collaborative projects for local initiatives, companies and any organization pursuing resilience and transformation.  She co-designs and facilitates sustainability trainings, co-design processes and capacity building workshops for multi stakeholder groups.  She is also co-founder and co-organizer of Sustainable Living Film Festival and Surdurulebiliryasam.net.  She holds a bachelor degree in Industrial Design at METU and a master’s degree from MSLS Program (Master of Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability) in Sweden.


Tuna Özçuhadar is a systems designer and strategist for sustainability.  Besides his design and consultancy work, he gives trainings and organizes events for social and organizational transformation.  He is the co-founder and coordinator of the Sustainable Living Film Festival. Özçuhadar holds an MBA in Industrial Design at METU, an MSc in Environmental Control and Building Technology from Istanbul Technical University and another MSc in Strategic Sustainability Leadership from Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.


Professor Dr. Nezih Orhon is faculty member of Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences and Chairperson of the Department of Cinema and Television.  Taking part in many national and international projects in the field of communication and media, Prof. Orhon provided trainings in many institutions on gender and media.  He has carried out various studies abroad with US, France and Dutch state scholarships.  He is the author of many articles and books, especially the book "Writing a TV Series Scenario".