Students Across the World Challenged to Raise Anti-Semitism Awareness in Unique Video Contest
June 23, 2020
The following story was originally published in JNS to highlight a new unique video contest to engage young students in the fight against anti-Semitism. The contest, a joint effort between the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement and B’nai B’rith International, asks high school and university students from around the world to create educational and impactful videos to promote a better understanding of anti-Semitism.
A unique video contest for students across the world was launched this week, in order to advance public debate surrounding anti-Semitism, hatred and intolerance. “Students Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism. A Creative Video Production Contest” is being sponsored and organized by the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) and B’nai B’rith International.
Students across the world are being asked to create 2-3 minute videos, which promote a better understanding of anti-Semitism, tolerance and communicate a message of equality. Organizers said that the unique public awareness campaign is designed to harness the creativity of students in order to boost education about anti-Semitism and the prejudice, bigotry, hatred and violence it engenders.
“Recent statistics in both the United States and Europe have shown that anti-Semitic attacks and incidents have reached record levels. Deadly assaults in 2019 resulted in the killing of seven Jews. Meanwhile, the global Coronavirus crisis has seen the proliferation of age-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Organizers hope that the video contest will help combat these trends by reaching and educating new audiences.”
Announcing the contest, Sacha Roytman-Dratwa, The Combat Anti-Semitism Movement Director commented, “Not only is anti-Semitism increasing globally, but studies continue to show that young people don’t know enough about it. They are the future if we are to defeat anti-Semitism and hatred. This innovative contest will empower students to educate their peers in a meaningful way, speaking to them through a powerful medium. We are excited to give them a platform for their creativity and the chance to make a real impact on people across the world.”
High school and undergraduate university students worldwide are being invited to submit their work to the contest and will be judged in separate age group categories, by a prestigious judging panel. The winner and runners up of each age group will receive cash prizes, to be awarded at a virtual awards ceremony. The top three winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
Students are asked to submit entries in one of the following two categories. The first asks contestants to educate the general public on the value of a universally adopted definition of anti-Semitism, specifically the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition. The second requests that contestants educate about how anti-Semitism impacts Jews of all racial backgrounds and inspire young people to be more tolerant towards others by illustrating the modern manifestation of anti-Zionism as anti-Semitism.
Full eligibility and submission requirements can be found here.
In addition to a cash prize, the winning entries will be showcased by CAM and B’nai B’rith International, across a variety of media channels, as part of a national public awareness campaign to strengthen the fight against anti-Semitism, hatred and discrimination.
B’nai B’rith International President Charles O. Kaufman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin said, “Illuminating the issue of anti-Semitism – one of the most pervasive, long-running and deadly dangers in the world – through inventive video production will bring the immediacy and urgency of the topic to a global audience. As anti-Semitism proliferates globally, today’s high school and undergraduate university students will create messages to educate and inspire us.”
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