Documentary short film series

The UK Common Rights Project

The problem

During the last few years, homeless people in the UK have suffered many attacks on their rights, particularly by local authorities. Yet the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and wellbeing of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing…”

How could a campaign be built around the need to make that a reality in 21st Century Britain?

The solution

Housing Justice and The Pavement, with the support of the Trust for London wanted to build a campaign to highlight the lack of rights of homeless people.

To launch the campaign, we decided to give voice to homeless people and their struggles, as well as have them highlight the discrepancy between the rights of homeless people in reality and what they should be, according to the international rights treaties the UK has signed.

I worked closely with the 8 people in the films to make sure they were representative of their stories and their struggles. The interviews with them were then the basis from which all the rest of the campaign materials were created.