The OPS Human Rights Day Screening Series

The OPS Employee Networks are proud to partner with JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival to curate a series of short films and make them accessible to members of the Ontario Public Service. These films will be available for staff to view during the week of December 10th, around Human Rights Day.

The OPS Employee Networks are encouraging our membership, managers and directors to host local viewings with their teams and lead a conversation afterwards using the discussion questions we will provide. In this way, you can further share and learn from diverse experiences around issues relating to human rights.

This project is the first ever co-produced initiative by the Employee Networks, working collaboratively across our executives and collectively leveraging our memberships to engage a wide swath of the OPS in learning and talking about diversity and inclusion topics.

We can’t wait to share some amazing films with you, December 10th-14th!

All of the following films have French and English captions. To turn them on for the film, click the “CC” button underneath the film and select the option that you need to best enjoy the film.

Password for all films: HumanRightsDay70

Nuuca (Take)

Directed by Michelle Latimer | 12 Minutes | 2017 | IN FOCUS: USA

In this evocative meditation, a disturbing link is made between the resource extraction industries’ exploitation of the land and violence inflicted on Indigenous women and girls. Or, as one young woman testifies, “Just as the land is being used, these women are being used.”

Broken Windows

Directed by Mabel Gan SHORT DOCUMENTARY| 10 Minutes

In post-Ferguson St. Louis, angry protests erupt after the acquittal of a white policeman in the fatal shooting of a black man. In the wake of the protests, artists come together to help a St. Louis community heal.

My Country is Missing

Directed by Liza Korotka |SHORT DOCUMENTARY| 16 minutes|

As a result of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, 22-year Liza moves to Canada to study. Being far from family isn't easy, but even more difficult is seeing that people around her aren't aware of the troubles in her country.

OPS Human Rights Day Screening Series Discussion Questions

The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) on December 10, 1948. Motivated by the experiences of the preceding world wars, the Universal Declaration was the first time that countries agreed to universally protect fundamental human rights. This year we are commemorating the 70 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration.

Article 1 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Article 2 states: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

The convention later: guarantees life, liberty and security of person; bans slavery and torture; gives equality before the law; bans arbitrary arrest; guarantees fair trials; guarantees freedom of movement; provides the right to privacy; provides the right to seek a safe place to live; provides for freedom of religion, speech and association; and provides the right to a nationality.

Feel free to discuss the following questions (the shorts can be used as examples):

1. What are human rights and how are they important to you? What significance does it have for you? What does it represent?

2. Which human rights issues were raised by the films?

3. How do you envision a world where everyone will have their human rights respected? Is it possible to live in a world with equal rights/human rights? If so, please describe.

4. Why do you think it is so difficult to apply/comply with the basic human rights in our own country, and in other countries?

5. How can we protect human rights in our own country?

6. How can we influence another country’s protection of human rights? Is boycotting its products or not visiting it as a tourist effective? What are some other methods?

7. How can we initiate change?

o As an individual?

o As a workplace?

o As a country?