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main programme A Matter of act

Amnesty International's main programme A Matter of ACT consists of ten special documentaries about human rights defenders. These impressive portraits of human rights defenders throughout the world show their brave fight against injustice and oppression. The films also show what great dangers and threats these activists have to face to do their work. In many of the countries freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and the right to life are violated. Human rights defenders will be present at all screenings and engage in discussions with the audience afterwards.

The films and their protagonists compete for the two A Matter of ACT Awards, the Golden Butterflies for the best film and the human rights award.

This programme is made possible bij Amnesty International and the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.

Read more about the activists from the A Matter of ACT competition 2016. 
Watch the short A Matter of ACT trailer below. Go here to watch the long trailer.

Amnesty International's main programmeA Matter of ACT consists of ten special documentaries about human rights defenders. These impressive portraits of human rights defenders throughout the world show their brave fight against injustice and oppression. The films also show what great dangers and threats these activists have to face to do their work. In many of the countries freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and the right to life are violated. Human rights defenders will be present at all screenings and engage in discussions with the audience afterwards.

This programme is made possible bij Amnesty International and the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.

Read more about the activists from the A Matter of ACT competition 2016.

A Matter of ACT trailer 2016 (korte versie)

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A Matter of ACT Programme 2016

The A Matter of ACT programme 2016 consists of the documentaries 7 Days in Syria, A Good American, A Sinner in Mecca, Kingdom of Shadows, They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile Mali, Chechnya: War Without Trace, Hooligan Sparrow, Saudi Arabia: a Wind of Change, Sonita and No Rio e No Mar!.  

The Movies that Matter Festival took place in The Hague from 18 to 26 March.

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A Matter of ACT Night

On Saturday March 19th at 20.00 hrs the courageous documentary Hooligan Sparrow was screened during the A Matter of ACT Night. Armed with her camera, Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows a group of activists under the guidance of Haiyan Ye (Hooligan Sparrow) during their protests against impunity surrounding a sex scandal. Her critical attitude soon makes Sparrow an enemy of the state and the government does everything it can to silence her.

Awards

On Wednesday March 23rd at 20.15 hrs a festive night took place in Theater aan het Spui. As part of Amnesty International’s main programme A Matter of ACT, an international jury awarded two prizes during the Award Ceremony. The Golden Butterfly for Best Film (worth € 5,000) went to Hooligan Sparrow. The A Matter of ACT Human Rights Award (worth € 5,000) went to Ye Haiyan who can be seen in the same documentary, for challenging the impunity surrounding a sex scandal.
Fishermen’s wives Nega en Eliete from the Fisherman’s Union of Maré earned a special mention from the jury. In No Rio E no Mar! they stand up against polluting oil companies and government indifference.

A Matter of ACT Jury

The A Matter of ACT Jury 2016 consisted of Lilian Gonçalves – Ho Kang You, former board member of Amnesty International in the Netherlands and International Executive Committee of Amnesty International in Londen. Due to illness, Mrs. Gonçalves – Ho Kang You could not make it to the festival. Bart Stapert, International criminal defense lawyer and chairman of the board of the Movies that Matter Foundation, replaced her. Also in the jury were Malek Shafi’i, filmmaker and director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival; Daria Bukvić, theatredirector; Patrick Reed, director of the prizewinning documentary Guantanamo's Child and  Maryam al-Khawaja, winner of the A Matter of ACT Human Rights Award 2015 and activist fighting for human rights in Bahrein.

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Read the portraits of human rights activists attending the Movies that Matter Festival in 2012 and 2013.

Click here for  video portraits of human rights activists attending the 2011 festival.

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