Based on the videos submitted to the Short Film Contest last year, we are thrilled to launch the Short Film Series: Unveiling our Stories “ Victims of Corruption”. We will share one film every month via social media, and we invite you to actively participate and spread the series within your networks.
Corruption is happening behind closed doors, so we want to put a spotlight on the stories of victims of corruption. Who are the victims? Society as a whole, on a smaller or bigger scale, is affected by both petty and/or grand corruption. Institutions, communities, the public and individuals are victimised, due to both direct and indirect consequences of corruption. However, such victims often stay unnoticed in the public domain.
Therefore, the aim of our short film series is to give a voice, a face, a platform to such victims of corruption who struggle to be recognized and who are seeking reparation. Victims should be aware of their status, be empowered, and be informed of their right to pursue reparations.
Please follow the series on social media with the hashtag #VoCSeries, #VictimsofCorruption and #Corruption.
Icy Problems shows how impunity perpetuates corruption and has devastating effects on society. Victims of corruption can lose their habitats as a result of environmental degradation caused by corruption, benefitting a few while damaging others. In under 2 minutes, this animation demonstrates how corruption and impunity have an impact on human lives and the environment.
In December, there was no short film announced, as the UNCAC Coalition Working Group on Victims of Corruption launched the International Database on Corruption Damage Reparation and Legal Standing for Victims of Corruption.
Information on legal avenues to ensure corruption damage reparation, actual cases, and best practices are scarce. While in some countries, victims of corruption struggle to claim and ensure reparation, particularly for collective damages, in others, innovative mechanisms are being implemented to seek effective remedies for collective damage. To advance this issue, the Working Group created an international database on corruption damage reparation and legal standing, which shows if and how victims of corruption are recognised and/or remedied around the world. This database shares information that illustrates the broad range of practices according to legislative frameworks. Explore the international database.
“There’s a lot of victims from this corruption. You’re watching the high unemployment rate, the poor conditions people live in.”
Johannes’ story shows the impact of corruption across society at all levels and violating human rights, infringing the Namibian people’s right to work.
I wanted to find a school follows Jeronimo’s journey to his abandoned school and explores his dreams for a brighter future. The creators skillfully capture the impact of corruption on the future of our youth and their quality of education. Read more about their story here.
Skyscraper was the winner of the short film contest organized by TI Georgia in 2020, and also one of the winners of the UNCAC Coalition’s Short Film Contest in December 2021. A jury composed of film experts and an anti-corruption specialist selected Skyscraper as the winner of the contest for the simple, wordless and universally understandable depiction of how corruption functions and what devastating consequences it may have. Read more about the film here.
A career civil servant-turned-whistleblower in Spain found herself battling a nationwide political machine, facing death threats and hiding in a foreign country for years. This is Ana Garrido’s story.
The Boogeyman is an animated true-crime series hand-crafted by three college students from Mahidol University. Real crimes, real victims – the series explores Thailand’s most unsettling crime cases in stop motion and 2D animation to raise essential questions regarding societal issues like corruption. Read more about the inspiration for the short film here.
This film shows how Victims of Corruption can unite a community to fight against corruption. Public Interest Lawyer Ahmad Fauzi, who is working for the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), was inspired to document the courageous struggle of these victims and motivate public action against corruption. Join the conversation by bringing your ideas and experiences. Read more about the inspiration for the short film here.