Mot uten grenser (Boundless Courage) is part of the worldwide programme Speak Truth to Power that reaches out to children and youth. The aim is to promote people’s understanding of human rights and help give them the courage to stand up for their own beliefs and values.
Mot uten grenser (MUG) is part of our emphasis on awareness-raising and transforming attitudes. This programme is about courage and human rights and its goal is to make it easier to make courageous choices when faced with injustice. The programme works through showcasing role models: people who do not tolerate injustice but stand up and fight when human dignity is violated. In the future, we will continue to need more role models, also in Norway.
The initiative for MUG comes from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Human Rights) in the United States (link). Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, launched the programme Speak Truth to Power in 2000. The programme consists of a dedicated training plan prepared for upper secondary schools, cultural workers and youth organisations. The project also includes a theatre performance and a photographic exhibition.
Together with our partners, PfC has had the programme translated into Norwegian and adapted it to Norwegian conditions. The script for the theatre performance has been translated and adapted; an exhibition has been created in the form of a giant book with photographs and texts.
Boundless courage was launched in Norway on 5 March 2016 at the National Theatre. A troupe of leading actors under the directorship of Lise Fjeldstad performed “Voices from Beyond the Dark” on the main stage. The play was written by Ariel Dorfman and is based on interviews of 50 human rights advocates which can be found in Kerry Kennedy’s book Speak Truth to Power. “Voices from Beyond the Dark” has been performed on stages of all sizes, all over the world.