Ritzy Cinema launches Human Rights photo competition


A still from the film Tall as the Baobab, showing as part of Human Rights Watch Festival
A still from the film Tall as the Baobab, showing as part of Human Rights Watch Festival

By Kitty Knowles

The Ritzy Cinema,  Windrush Square, has launched a photography competition and exhibition to coincide with the cinema’s Human Rights Watch Film Festival, on March 15 – 22.

The Brixton film house has appealed to Blog readers to enter their own photos in the competition, which ends on Friday March 1. The Blog will then be part of a judging panel to select the ten best images, to be displayed Upstairs at the Ritzy from March 16.

woman-with-a-camera-view-1.599.335.sMinda Moriera, marketing co-ordinator at The Ritzy told Brixton Blog: “We want to give local photography lovers the chance to present their work. This is also a great opportunity to raise awareness on human rights and to involve our local community in some crucial issues and debates highlighted by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.”

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival has been held at The Ritzy since it first came to London seventeen years ago, and is dedicated to exposing the importance of human rights. This year’s festival will feature fourteen recently acclaimed documentaries and dramas, debate sessions with the filmmakers, and talks held by Bill Van Esveld, an Israel/Palestine researcher for the Human Rights Watch.

Photographers are invited to broach themes raised by the festival, including women’s rights, disability rights, LGBT rights, and crises and migration among others.

Moriera urged: “everyone should come and see the exhibited works. This is a great way to encourage and support local talent, to learn about human rights issues or to look at them from a different perspective. Ultimately, we hope that this exhibition will inspire action and will bring about positive change in the community.”

All entries will additionally be published online, where public voters will select the competition winners. Prizes include one year free Ritzy Membership, one year free membership with Fotosynthesis, and a free place on any Fotosynthesis Photography Course.


Grand comme le Baobab (Tall as the Baobab Tree) TRAILER from Jeremy Teicher on Vimeo.

For more information please see The Ritzy website.

Kitty Knowles is a writer and journalist who blogs at kittysgotoreview.wordpress.com.