Film Synopsis: A recent Scottish Executive study revealed that young men in Scotland are twice as likely to commit suicide than those in England. The study also revealed that those in areas of high deprivation are seven times more likely to take their own lives than those in better off parts of Scotland. Although often not seen or heard about, most analysts believe that the main reason for such high suicide rates is a sense of hopelessness towards the future. The right to life puts faces and voices to these shocking statistics and asks the question: do young men in the most socially deprived areas of Scotland have the right to life?



Workshop Objectives:

To introduce participants to Article 3 of the UDHR and Article 2 of the ECHR.


To introduce participants to the use of creative documentary film as a medium to explore sensitive issues and themes.


To encourage open and reflective participant led discussion on the Right to Life; how it can be considered a Human Right, and how it relates to the high male suicide rate in Scotland.


To encourage participants to recognise the relationship between the society and culture they live in and our Right to Life.


To introduce participants to the idea of support networks. Encourage participants to reflect upon how such networks might change with age and circumstance.


The Right to Life

Directed by Kenny Glenaan

Article 3 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.


Article 2 of The European Convention on Human Rights

Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law.

Watch a short clip from the film

Learning Through Film:

Human Rights in Scotland

Film Menu:
The Right to Life 
The Right to Freedom of Assembly 
The Right to Asylum 
The Right to Freedom of Expression 
The Right to a Fair Trial 
The Right Not to be Tortured 
The Right to Liberty 
The Right to Privacy 
The Right Not to be Enslaved 
The Right to Freedom of Thought



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