JAYU (JAYU Festival Inc.) is a registered charity that shares human rights stories through the arts and engaging dialogue.

Since 2012, we have used art to engage and empower communities while providing a platform for the world's most remarkable people to share their human rights stories.   


Our vision is our name: JAYU means freedom in Korean (자유) and we envision a world where freedom exists for everyone. 


Sharing human rights stories through the arts and engaging dialogue to lay the groundwork for positive social change.


Our year-round activities include:

1. Human Rights Film Festival: our annual Human Rights Film Festival takes place at the prestigious Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in the heart of Toronto each December during human rights month.

2. iAM program: a project that connects professional photographers and storytellers with marginalized youth with the aim of empowering them through the arts. 

3. The Hum Podcast: a weekly podcast that cuts straight to the heart of human rights stories. Raw, honest and uncensored, from the people who have lived them first-hand. Available on iTunes and rabble.ca

4. Human Rights Screening Series: quarterly premiere film screenings throughout the year that draw attention to some of our world's most pressing and important stories.

Through art and dialogue, I felt much more connected to the issue. JAYU helped bridge a gap between me and a far-away community and empowered me to empathize with people I’ve never met.
— Human Rights Film Festival 2014 attendee


We love art and its undeniable ability to facilitate important discussions. Art is a form of expression and no matter where you’re from, which language you speak, your age, orientation or educational level, art has the ability to breakdown barriers and share our human rights stories with everyone.