Civil liberties group to recognise films championing of human rights

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has announced it will award the ICCL Human Rights in Film Award and the inaugural ICCL Lifetime Contribution Award at a ceremony in Dublin next month.

The awards, in conjunction with Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival, were launched today by the jury, chaired by Ailbhe Smyth, a lifelong activist and former co-director of Together for Yes.

She is joined on the jury by Brendan Courtney, broadcaster and fashion designer; Andrea Horan, campaigner and presenter of the United Ireland podcast; Bulelani Mfaco, spokesperson for the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland; and Aoife Kelleher, film director and writer.

The Human Rights in Film Award celebrates films which showcase human rights as a force for good in the world and allow audiences to learn about the many forms activism can take.

Director Liam Herrick said: “For years ICCL has celebrated the importance of the arts and especially film in raising consciousness of human rights.

“This year we’re delighted to announce that we will present a Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award alongside the film award.

“ICCL will honour a person who has used their fame and influence to advance the cause of human rights both at home and abroad; a person who passionately advocates for a better world.”

The ICCL Human Rights Film Award and the ICCL Lifetime Contribution to Human Rights Award will be presented at a ceremony in Dublin’s RHA on 6 March.

A prominent Irish actor – to be announced on the night – will be the recipient of the latter award.

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