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Stanford Summer Human Rights Film Series – Camera as Witness: Individual to Universal – Oliviero Toscani – The Rage Of Images
July 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
STANFORD SUMMER HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2016, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.
The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). For more information on the Continuing Studies companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategies, Struggles, and the Quest for Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please visit the POL 180 course page.
Camera As Witness: Individual to Universal
This program will be moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness program director and founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF.
Oliviero Toscani—The Rage of Images
A dead soldier’s blood-soaked T-shirt; a nun kissing a priest; a gaunt young man with AIDS—all were images used by the fashion label Benetton to advertise its clothing in the 1990s. The provocative campaign was the work of Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani, a man who brought topics such as war, racism, the death penalty, and the misery of refugees into the business of advertising. His posters set off a storm of indignation throughout the world; in many places they were banned. Toscani’s “Reverse Psychology Marketing” challenges the intelligence and the consciousness of its audience; rather than praising products and tempting people to buy, it seeks to enlighten. The Rage of Images examines the now 68-year-old artist and pioneer of anti-advertising whose career began with fashion shoots for labels such as Fiorucci, Armani, and Esprit. It also looks at the private man who broke with Benetton in 2001 and now works independently, designing ad campaigns that go far beyond the mainstream.
Directors: Peter Scharf and Katja Duregger
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 pm
FREE; no registration is required