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Amnesty International
"25 Annoying Things"
1 min 47s
10 August 2017
Ireland Charities

This powerful film from Amnesty International lulls us into a cosy sense of connection with the women shown here, all reminiscing about the various annoyances of pregnancy. Even if we ourselves haven't swept things off tables with our enormous baby bump or suffered the indignity of cankles, we know of enough friends or loved ones who have done to nod with a sympathetic smile.

But then all of a sudden it's no longer about the usual irritations. For one woman says, shockingly, that it's: "when you’re forced to carry a baby that can’t survive out of the womb.” And from this point, the list becomes about the experience of not being in charge of your own body... or your choice to become a mother.

This jolt reverberates through the rest of the ad. Thanks to Ireland's 8th Amendment, the unborn child has the same right to life as its mother - meaning that if you're raped and become pregnant, you're a criminal if you seek an abortion. If you have a history of non-viable pregnancies, you're a criminal if you seek an abortion. If you have fragile mental health and can't cope with the prospect of pregnancy and/or motherhood, you're a criminal if you seek an abortion.

Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' doesn't look like as much like dystopian fiction as we'd like when we're reminded of Ireland's stance on termination.

And there couldn't be a more important time for a rethink across the Irish Sea. A wave of newly-formed misogyny is working hand-in-hand with the old-fashioned kind and together they are coalescing to challenge modern notions of equality between the sexes.

The 8th Amendment is truly medieval... yet it was passed as recently as 1983. Ireland has some huge cultural contradictions after beginning to recast itself as a bastion of liberal tolerance in recent years, but all of its efforts are in vain as long until the 8th Amendments is jettisoned from its statutes.

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Amnesty International
"25 Annoying Things"
1 min 47s
10 Aug 2017
This powerful film from Amnesty International lulls us into a cosy sense of connection with the women shown here, all reminiscing about the various annoyances of pregnancy. Even if we ourselves haven't swept things off tables with our enormous baby bump or suffered the indignity of cankles we know of enough friends or loved ones who have done to nod with a sympathetic smile.

Amnesty International
"ExCel Arms Fair"
40s
22 Sep 2015
Around 32,000 arms dealers are expected to attend the London's ExCel centre where the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) is being held this year. So this spot for Amnesty International satirises the event by advertising it as the perfect place for countries with appalling human rights records to buy instruments of suppression and torture.

Amnesty International
"All Is Considered"
40s
8 Oct 2014
A block of strangely malleable material shaped roughly like a cowering figure is beaten with baseball bats and other implements while the VO tots up the many vulnerable aspects of the human body. We're told how each of these aspects - the thinness of skin, the fingers and toes with their sensitive nails - are coolly considered for their pain quotient when a victim is being tortured. As difficult to watch as you might expect.

Amnesty International
"Standing Up For Freedom"
2 mins
7 Mar 2012


Amnesty International
"Human Rights & Justice"
30s
3 Mar 2012


Amnesty International
"Hands"
1 min 40s
8 May 2009
A trio of torturers find themselves freeing their prisoner against their will because their actions are being controlled by contributors to Amnesty International. Once again the charity shows the effect you can have on evil-doers by making a donation.

Amnesty International
"We Don't Expect The Impossible"
2 mins 20s
29 Jan 2009
Oh, give the bloke a chance. The usually admirable Amnesty International have put their name to this lengthy low-key diatribe urging Barack Obama to stick to his promises to close Guantánamo Bay and end American complicity in torture. He will... stop fretting.

Amnesty International
"Human Rights"
4 mins 10s
13 Dec 2008
This ambitious effort to encapsulate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is fronted by comedy actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Although one cannot blame Amnesty International for wanting to present a slightly more positive message than usual, in doing so they have managed to mask the global Human Rights crisis.

Amnesty International
"Electrocuting Man"
80s
6 Oct 2008
Amnesty International's work is more important than ever and this film contains a shocking reminder of the images that came out of Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq when the human rights abuses there were uncovered. There is a strong suggestion that we should all be haunted by what was ostensibly done in our name.

Amnesty International
"Secret Policeman's Ball Sponsorship"
60s
5 Oct 2008
A number of television personalities make a simple statement in support of Amnesty International and publicise the latest incarnation of The Secret Policeman's Ball... the revived fund-raising effort from the 1980s. The celebrities include Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon, Jamie Oliver, John Cleese and many more.

Amnesty International
"You Are Powerful"
90s
5 Oct 2008
To illustrate how an heroic difference is made by those who join Amnesty International, a series of clips have been cleverly adapted to make it look as though a timely intervention from an Amnesty member has made a direct contribution to someone's safety and has led to the termination of an abuse.

Amnesty International
"Cattle Market"
60s
28 May 2008
A disturbing reminder of how sex workers are often forced into prostitution by the unscrupulous in this hard-hitting film for Amnesty International. A woman is one of many gathered together for a human cattle market before she is put on sale in a brothel where she is gazed at by a passing group of men on a stag night.

Amnesty International
"The Stuff Of Life"
90s
22 Apr 2008
This impactful film for Amnesty International is designed to lull us in audience into thinking they are watching a commercial for bottled water or an expensive vodka which makes the dramatic payoff all the more effective. The brutality of torture is brought home through extreme frankness.

Amnesty International
"Channel Hop"
60s
5 Dec 2007
The film for Amnesty International manages to suggest that its harder than we might think to dodge the inconvenient truth of human rights abuses. It comprises a sequence of clips from popular TV programmes as a viewer hops from one channel to the next but each has a message about suffering overseas.

Amnesty International
"The Audition"
1 min 43s
31 May 2007


Amnesty International
"Freedom Candles"
1 min 47s
4 Jul 2014


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