As we near World Day for Audiovisual Preservation on October 27th, we will be highlighting the different institutions contributing to the New York event. Today, we look at WITNESS Media Archive, established in 1992, by musician and activist Peter Gabriel in partnership with Human Rights First (formerly Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) and encouraged by a grant from the Reebok Human Rights Foundation. Uniting with hundreds of humans rights groups around the world, WITNESS is dedicated to preserving and sharing audiovisual media on human rights violations in an effort to promote change. As more material is generated, the preservation and access of this material becomes ever more crucial in ensuring these cruelties are remembered and prevented in the future by inspiring others to make a difference in their world.
WITNESS will be presenting three films the evening of October 27th: Forced Evictions in Cambodia, with the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights to stop forced evictions; Rightful Place, a video excerpt showing the Endorois community’s continuing struggle for reparation and restitution to their land after eviction by the Kenyan government; and Dia Mundial de Acción contra las Represas [Global Day of Action Against the Dams], recognizing a community’s protest against the risk of state-enforced eviction from their homes in Mexico due to the planned construction of more than 350 dams throughout the country.