2015 Human Rights Award Dinner Highlights
Elisa Massimino's Remarks
Jane Braden-Golay, Siavosh Derakhti, and Niddal El-Jabri
Jane Braden-Golay is originally from Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and studied Religious Studies, Public Law and Education at the University of Zurich.
While he was still in high school, Siavosh Derakhti became concerned about intolerance towards Jews in his home town of Malmo, Sweden’s third largest city.
After the fatal attack on the Krystalgade Synagogue in Copenhagen in February, activist Niddal El-Jabri, whose family is Palestinian, felt the need to reach out.
The Marvin E. Frankel Award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of our longtime chairman and to recognize law firms that exemplify Judge Frankel’s extraordinary dedication to human rights and commitment to pro bono service.
Popular culture—television, movies, video games, music and other forms—has the power not only to entertain, but also to educate and inspire. It often confronts the most difficult political and social questions of the day. Human Rights First challenges the entertainment industry to recognize this power and tackle human rights issues with the accuracy and complexity they demand.
Sidney Lumet (1924-2011), renowned for the “social realism” in his best work, was an American director, producer and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as “one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors.” In his memory, in 2011 we launched the Sidney Lumet Award for Integrity in Entertainment designed to honor those who shine a light on human rights problems and advance understanding in popular culture.