Film Synopsis: Powerfully employing the visual metaphor of treating humans as animals, Douglas Gordon creates an atmospheric and menacing meditation on the terror of torture



Workshop Objectives:

To introduce participants to Article 5 of the UDHR and Article 3 of the ECHR.

To introduce participants to the use of visual metaphors within film and conceptual art to communicate difficult subject matters.

To help participants gain a full understanding of the definitions and legal status of torture in the world today.

To explain the importance of upholding the Right Not to be Tortured as an absolute right, that is not justified in any situation.

To introduce participants to the current debate surrounding methods of torture used in the US-led ‘War on Terror’.

To encourage participants to think about what ‘inhuman’ and ‘degrading’ treatment means and how it could affect them or those around them.

The Right Not to be Tortured

Directed by Douglas Gordon

Article 5 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading

treatment or punishment

Article 3 of The European Declaration on Human Rights

No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment

or punishment

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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