Arts student wins PACE Prize for human rights documentary

26 May 2015

Congratulations to Faculty of Arts student Paul Soper for winning the Professor Judyth Sachs PACE Prize award for his PACE activity Film Making and Human Rights Work in Sucre, Bolivia.

The annual Professor Judyth Sachs PACE Prizes acknowledge and reward students for outstanding achievement in a Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) unit.

As part of the PACE unit INTS305 – International Studies Internship, Paul worked with the PUKAÑAWI Human Rights Film Festival and wrote and produced his own short human rights documentary which focused on waste management in Sucre. The film “La Basura” was featured by Macquarie University at the Latin American Human Rights Film Night.

Organised by Department of International Studies, the Human Rights and Filmmaking in Latin America is a pilot PACE project under the INTS305 PACE unit. The project runs in Spanish in Latin America and has a focus on Indigenous Human Rights. In this project, students work with Bolivian Indigenous communities to create short documentaries about human rights challenges.

Associate Professor Estela Valverde, Head of the Departmentof International Studies, says this initiative is one of the most innovative PACE projects presently run in Macquarie: “It blends our commitment to actively participate in the community with the unique experience of living in an exotic and very safe Latin American city, learning about cross cultural topics that will enrich their lives forever.”

“This is a unique project for those students who have a good knowledge of Spanish, even if they are not formally studying Spanish with us, as it provides the opportunity to live in a college with Spanish speaking students, work with them and prepare meaningful videos about the lives of the Bolivians that can help them improve their condition and attract the attention of policy makers,” Valverde added.

The PACE project is open to International Studies students and will soon be offered university-wide for students who are fluent in Spanish.

Through the PACE project, Paul was able to develop his professional competencies, particularly in project management, communication, problem solving and research, producing a powerful documentary to raise awareness around the issues of waste management in Sucre and the rest of the world.

The Faculty of Arts congratulates Paul Soper on this outstanding achievement.

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