Part VII
B. Media Resources

Amnesty International. Amnesty Interactive CD-ROM: A History and Atlas of Human Rights. New York, NY: Amnesty International USA, 1999.*

A rich program about people, ideas, and events that have shaped the history of human rights. Also available in French and Spanish.

Amnesty International. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Animated Video. New York, NY: Amnesty International USA, 1988.*

Artists from many countries contributed lively animated renditions of the thirty articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A basic educational tool for any age group.

Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The Refugee Experience. New York, NY: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 1994. Available from: Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children, 122 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10168-1289.

Part of a curriculum packet for schools that includes a teaching guide, video, and readings for students.

The Wave. Available from: Zenger Video, 10200 Jefferson Blvd., PO Box 802. Culver City, CA 90232-0802. Tel: 800-421-4246. Fax: 800-944-5432. Email: Web site:

A thought-provoking dramatization of an actual classroom experiment on individualism vs. conformity in which a high school teacher formed his own "Reich" (called "The Wave") to show why the German people could so willingly embrace Nazism. Grades 7-12. Color. 46 minutes.

Recommended Commercial Films:

The following films have proven especially effective for human rights education:

A Short Film about Death. Part of Krystof Kieslowsky's masterpiece "The Decalogue"; deals artfully with the death penalty.

El Norte. Story of Guatemalan refugees attempting to survive in Los Angeles.

La Ciudad. A small independent film that depicts the plight of undocumented Mexican workers struggling to survive in New York City. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Lamerica. Italian film depicting the plight of refugees from Albania.

Missing. Costa Gavras' dramatization of true story of disappeared in Chile.

The Mission. Dramatization of true story of South American Jesuit missions attempting to protect indigenous population.

The Music Box. Lawyer defends father accused of war crimes in World War II.

The Official Story. Academy Award Argentine film of aftermath of "dirty war" and children of the disappeared.

Schindler's List. True story of Holocaust rescuer.