Human Rights Focus: Disability


If you’re planning your teaching and learning for 2013, consider the topic of disability. This December-January showcase offers a rich resource-base, aimed at helping you turn “disability” into a learning opportunity for your students as we partner with End the Cycle. End the Cycle, an initiative of CBM Australia supported by AusAID, aims to raise awareness about the cycle of poverty and disability. We feature two of their films here – both suitable for upper-primary-aged students and older – with some of their outstanding resources. For Secondary students in Australia and ‘the West’, some of the other short-films here at Campfire bring the broader issue of disability closer to home.

As of Feb 2013, you can now view all the Bangladesh End the Cycle films in one place. It’s FREE to download and keep the End the Cycle films. Step-by-step instructions below.

Curriculum fit

These short films have scope for use in:
ENGLISH – context: Identity & Belonging, Whose Reality? Imaginative Landscape
MEDIA – representation, the issue of co-creating to tell “other people’s stories”, creative expression through animation and documentary
GEOGRAPHY & SOSE/HSIE – world poverty, response to floods, International Relations
HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT SUBJECTS – Millennium Development Goals
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGYSomething to Tell You depicts many support aids and devices for a person with a disability, food for thought

In addition:

Australian Curriculum GENERAL CAPABILITIES – personal and social capability, ethical behavior, intercultural understanding

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES may include Student Representative Council inviting disability advocates to speak at a school.

A Local and Global issue

One way in to the subject of disability, especially for middle to senior secondary students are the issues raised by these three quality short films.

Pete Gleeson’s Award-winning Something to Tell You, helps students confront their own prejudices around how people look. This is arguably one of the most moving short films in this showcase, highlighting the abilities most of us take for granted. “At once dispassionate and curious, the film makes no assumptions – and allows the viewer to confront their own” (from Fireside Notes by Julie Perrin — free download)
A hauntingly beautiful music video I am Still the Same delivers a message of tolerance. Its enigmatic style is enough to challenge any media-savvy student from Year 9 up, and its depth belies the age of its uni-student filmmaker David McGorlick. Notes by English/Media teacher, Marjorie Cardwell — free download.

From a series of short documentaries by Cameron Rose called What Next?, this story focuses on Anna, Anastasios and Arthur and explores how disability can compound life’s challenges. Aging parents who don’t speak the local language faced with the care of an intellectually disabled son, have an uncertain future – even in the leafy suburbs of one of “the world’s most liveable cities”. Notes by teacher Mary Gillingham — free download.

These are Australian stories. What then, are the realities of disability in some of the world’s poorest countries? And what are the challenges for organisations trying to raise awareness about disability?


Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty. It is a fact that people who live with disability are often among the poorest of the poor, and people living in poverty are at greater risk of acquiring a disability. For anyone without any real connection to this cycle, it can be hard to engage with this world problem.

End the Cycle has made a serious effort to help us think beyond “those poor people” to a more inclusive “be your best” story. Their website explores this in depth. In relation to the films represented here, we caught up with both Christoph Ziegenhardt (End the Cycle) and AJ Clifford (Producer, Room3) to get some insight into how these films came together.

Ed’s note: the local language in Bangladesh (mentioned in AJ Clifford interview) is ‘Bengali’ not ‘Bangladeshi’ — note for future reference :)


PRIMARY teachers – resources for primary teachers available on the End the Cycle website

SECONDARY teachers – downloadable (pdf) Fireside Notes for each film are available on each film’s page,
or right-click here My Name is Kazol, Something to Tell You, My name is Zolekha, What Next? Anna, Anastasios and Arthur, I am Still the Same.

MEDIA teachers – stayed tuned for further analysis of filmmaking and the issues around this and other films on our blog ‘Stoking the Fire’, or our blog for teachers, ‘Fire in the Classroom’.


End the Cycle films are free to watch (stream) via the End the Cycle website or via our showcase & access page, but only downloadable here at Campfire
• These files may be kept indefinitely for use within your school, courtesy of End the Cycle
• Existing members will have files added to their BAG and their quota will not be affected

1. Register free
2. On the MEMEBERSHIP page, select End the Cycle films
3. You will receive an email from Campfire within 24hrs, once your free account has been activated
4. Log in and go to MY BAG menu to view (stream or download) any one of the following films:
My name is… Kazol, Zolekha, Mosua, Ruma, Wadud



1. Register free
2. On the MEMEBERSHIP page, select 10, 25 or Unlimited
3. Choose to pay via credit card or invoice (credit card allows immediate download).
4. Select any film of choice and press ‘DOWNLOAD’ button. Full instructions in TUTORIAL video