A Matter of ACT 2012
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.
This programme is made possible bij Amnesty International and the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds.
The A Matter of ACT programme includes a selection of ten documentary films about brave men and women from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
This year's selection consists of: Camp 14 : Total Control Zone, Call Me Kuchu, Even a Bird Needs a Nest, Forbidden Voices, High Tech, Low Life, One Day after Peace , Reportero, Salma and Sons of the Clouds.
A Matter of ACT is characterized by its focus on human rights defenders. The activists and/or organisations featured in the films will attend the festival as special guests.
This year's activists are: Robi Damelin, Shin Dong-huyk, Victor Erofeyev, Aminetou Haidar, Sergio Haro, Frank Mugisha, Yoani Sanchez, Zhou Shuguang (Zola), Tep Vanny en Salma.
Go here to read the web reports on the activists.
An international jury chose the winner of the two Golden Butterflies awarded as part of this competition programme.
Members of the 2013 jury are: chair of the Dutch section of Amnesty International Ila Kasem, human rights expert Mary Lawlor, script writer, filmmaker and publicist Larisa Malyukova, actress and producer Katja Schuurman and writer, curator and lecturer Michael Uwemedimo.
Every day, at least one film from this competition programme will brought to the screen, followed by a discussion, debate or Q&A session with the participation of the activist portrayed in the film and/or the film maker.
On Saturday, March 24th, the festive A Matter of ACT Night will take place, during which the ten activists attending the festival will be put in the spotlights. Guest of honour of this evening is Zonke Majodina, chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.