The Team

We’re a diverse group of human rights activists, media makers, trainers, communicators, lawyers, designers, tech wizzes and more, brought together by a passion to use video for change. Check out the WITNESS team and each our answers to the question: What is a film or video that has made an impact on you and why?

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm

Executive Director

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

The story of a Honduran immigrant who dies in the Arizona desert, trying to reach the US. A powerful, visual reminder why human rights are universal: until all human beings have security, dignity, and equality, none of us lives in the world we want to live in.

Raja Althaibani

Middle East and North Africa Program Associate

Five Broken Cameras

Through this film's powerful storytelling, I was introduced to a new perspective that put a human face to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It went beyond the images of war and violence, and took me through a journey of human experiences of all those struggling outside the political narrative we've become accustomed to hearing.

Rose Anderson

Program Coordinator

Call Me Kuchu directed by Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright.

Through the story of LGBT activist David Kato's life and death, we learn about the immense challenges and fierce determination of the LBGT movement in Uganda.

Lessie Askew

Human Resources Manager

Hotel Rwanda

changed my perception of an international situation that seemed to be very far away from my life and family. The film transformed the event from newspaper articles and textbook chapters, to a story of family, love, blood and tears.

Madeleine Bair

Human Rights Channel Curator

Five Broken Cameras

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is so often framed in terms of international politics and historical events. To understand the issue through the lens of someone who lives on disputed territory, whose daily life is crisscrossed with barriers and soldiers, reminds us of the human costs.

Miyoko Brunner

External Relations Senior Coordinator

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

The women in the film inspire me with their resolve and their strength. Where there are women... there is hope.