Human Rights Watch: Burma (Movie) by J. Walter Thompson New York for Human Rights Watch

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Industry Public awareness
Media Direct marketing
Market United States
Agency J. Walter Thompson New York
Executive Creative Director Andrew Clarke, Kash Sree
Art Director Roy Wisnu Hariadi
Copywriter Chris Swift
Producer Paul Charbonnier, John Minze, Tadd Ryan
Photographer Izzy Levine, Bill Bramswig, Platon
Production Cigar Box Studios Inc
Released June 2011

Awards

London International Awards 2011
Design Environmental Installations/Displays - Temporary Bronze

Credits & Description

Type of Entry: Product & Service
Category: Charities, Public Health & Safety, Public Awareness Messages
Title: BURMA
Advertiser/Client: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Product/Service: PETITION
Entrant Company: JWT NEW YORK, USA
DM/Advertising Agency: JWT NEW YORK, USA
Chief Creative Officer: Harvey Marco/Peter Nicholson
Executive Creative Director: Andrew Clarke
Head of Art: Aaron Padin
Art Director: Roy Wisnu
Copywriter: Chris Swift
Director of Photography: Izzy Levine
Director of Integrated Production: Clair Grupp
Director of Production: Nick Scotting/Kit Liset
Producer: Paul Charbonnier/John Minze/Tadd Ryan
Account Executive: Lindsay Gash
Art Buyer: Elizabeth Corkley/Sara Levi
Project Manager: Elaine Barker/Jessie Hoyt
Photographer: Izzy Levine/Bill Bramswig/Platon
Production Company: (Cigar Box Studios / Graphic Technology / Uni-Graphic / Print International / Circle Graphics / C2 Graphics)
Editing House: (JWTwo)

In 2010, Burma held its first elections in 20 years. These elections would have been meaningless if more than 2,100 political prisoners remained locked up in Burma’s squalid prisons. Human Rights Watch created a campaign calling for the release of these innocent prisoners by utilizing added pressure from the public and the United Nations.
A giant installation (7’x 18’) was built at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. The installation featured a massive mock prison with 200 miniature cells and 2,000 pens in lieu of cell bars. Visitors could remove the pens to symbolically free the prisoners, and then use the pens to sign an onsite petition calling for their release.
Describe the creative solution to the brief/objective.
It was the right time to put the spotlight on Burma and the plight of the prisoners languishing in Burma’s jails. Awareness of the elections in Burma was low among many people in the United States and across the globe. HRW needed to gain the attention of the media, the world leaders and the prisoners’ captors. This hinged upon the success of engaging the public in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. The challenge was to do this in a way that would get jaded commuters to stop, listen and take action.
A leaflet was handed out with further details of the campaign.
Describe the results in as much detail as possible
In less than 12 hours, tens of thousands of signatures were collected from people of 86 countries. The installation attracted media from around the globe. The petition book was then sent to the United Nations’ Secretary General and leaders of countries that maintain close ties with Burma. Due to its success, the installation toured Prague and Brussels. Most importantly, more than 150 political prisoners have since been released, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Direct marketing titled Human Rights Watch: Burma (Movie) was done by J. Walter Thompson New York advertising agency for Human Rights Watch in United States. It was released in Jun 2011.