Other activities

other activities

Every year Movies that Matter hosts various other activities to further stimulate the distribution of human rights films worldwide. For instance, on the 10th of December human rights films are screened on many Dutch embassies to pay attention to the International Day of Human Rights. Movies that Matter also presents film programmes on other film festivals.

Furthermore, Movies that Matter coordinates the Human Rights Film Network, a partnership of almost 40 human rights film festivals from all over the world.

Human Rights Film Festival Argentina

17-24 June 2015
One of the most established colleague festivals of Movies that Matter is the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Like Movies that Matter, it is one of the co-founding members of the Human Rights Film Network. In June 2015, festival director Taco Ruighaver participated in the jury of the 16th edition of this Argentinean festival. Also, three documentaries screened at the Movies that Matter Festival 2015 were screened in Buenos Aires in the ‘Window on Movies that Matter’. This partnership, set up ‘to broaden their perspective on critical perspective on current affairs’, according to festival director Florencia Santucho, involved the films ‘E-TEAM’, ‘The Wanted 18’ and ‘Burden of Peace’.

Drone screening at One World Brussels

12 May 2015
In cooperation with One World Brussels and the Norwegian Mission to the EU, Movies that Matter presented the film Drone by Norwegian filmmaker Tonje Hessen Schei. On 12 May 2015, after a welcome by the Norwegian Ambassador Niels Engelschiøn, the Brussels audience had the chance to watch this award-winning documentary for free. Drone shows the impacts of American drone attacks in Pakistan. The film shows surviving relatives and human rights lawyers, but also young drone pilots who are recruited in the gaming world. After the film a Q&A was held with Professor Joachim Koops, Dean of Vesalius College at the Free University of Brussels and Director of the Global Governance Institute. During this interesting Q&A, professor Koops discussed drone technology, international law and the legality of drone use, which is still a grey area.

Cinema and Diplomacy

10 December 2014
In cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Movies that Matter enabled Dutch embassies to put human rights in the spotlight by hosting a film screening for their colleagues and relations at the occasion of International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014. The films screened were Children 404, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, Eufrosina's Revolution, A River Changes Course, Sound of Torture and Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War. A total of 32 screenings were organised, including a Movies that Matter Marathon in Tirana, Albania, during which all these six documentaries were shown. An expected number of 1280 people attended these film screenings and the ensuing debates.

Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy, Galway

26 June to 5 July 2014

Movies that Matter's education coordinator Margreet Cornelius will present a guest lecture about the production and distribution of human rights film at this years' Summer School.
How can human rights issues be incorporated into film? How can films enhance human rights awareness? How to use films for influencing social change?
The school is aimed at young talented filmmakers and professional from all over the world to reflect on the use of film and video advocacy as an instrument for enhancing human rights awareness and to influence change.
Read more.

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NL Embassies screen Human Rights Films

10 December 2013
Over 30 Netherlands embassies worldwide joined Movies that Matter in the celebration of International Human Rights Day 2013, by organising human rights film screenings and debates. The movies that matter screened on 10 December were Reportero, about the dangerous work of journalist Sergio Haro in Mexico; Call me Kuchu, about the LGBT-community in Uganda; Tall as the Baobab Tree, a feature film about child marriage in Senegal; Rafea: Solar Mama, about a Bedouin woman who is being trained as solar power engineer; and Forbidden Voices, about cyber activists in China, Iran and Cuba.
Movies that Matter is very pleased with the participation of an overwhelming number of embassies in this project, as it helped to spread awareness about various human rights issues and to promote the interest in human rights cinema worldwide.

Movies that Matter @ CinéDOC-Tbilisi

15-20 October 2013
Ciné-DOC Tbilisi Documentary Film Festival is the first international documentary festival in the South of Caucasus that focuses on creative documentary. The festival will take place from 15 – 20 October 2013 in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The audience will have the chance to view a variety of documentary films with powerful stories. Matthea de Jong, project coordinator at Movies that Matter, will attend the festival. She will give an introduction to the special screening of The Act of Killing, by Joshua Oppenheimer. The festival is supported by Movies that Matter. www.cinedoc-tbilisi.com

Movies that Matter @ FiSahara Festival

8-13 October  2013
The programme of 10th edition of the Sahara International Film Festival includes a broad range of 30 films from documentary to animation, short films to blockbusters, as well as workshops, concerts and of course, camel races. This year’s programme includes a series of films on social justice and the Arab Spring. The festival takes place in a Sahrawi refugee camp in the Sahara desert. The festival will be attended by Wim Brouwer, project coordinator at Movies that Matter. He will give an introduction to the workshop about film and human rights advocacy in Africa and the Middle East. Movies that Matter supports the festival. www.festivalsahara.com

Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy

27 June - 6 July 2013

Movies that Matter's project coordinator Matthea de Jong will present a guest lecture about the production and distribution of human rights film at this years' Summer School. 

The school, run by the British photographer and documentary filmmaker Nick Danziger, is aimed at young talented filmmakers and professional from all over the world to reflect on the use of film and video advocacy as an instrument for enhancing human rights awareness and to influence change.

The Huston School of Film & Digital Media and the Irish Centre for Human Rights in Galway, Ireland organise the next edition from 27th of June to the 6th of July 2013. The Summer School will coincide with Films That Matter, a three day human rights film event organised by Amnesty Ireland and One World Centre. Read more.

'Peace vs. Justice' in Brussels

23 May 2013
As part of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Brussels, Movies that Matter co-hosted a screening of the film Peace vs Justice on Thursday 23 May 2013 at 19.00 hrs. The film critically observes the role of the International Criminal Court in the trial against rebel leader Joseph Kony, whose Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has spread death and destruction in Uganda for nearly twenty years now.

After this free screening, the audience had a chance to ask their questions to Martien Schotsmans (director of the NGO RCN Justice & Démocratie), Niccolò Figà Talamanca (secretary general of No Peace Without Justice) and Jean-Philippe Kot (head of the international justice programme of Avocats Sans Frontières). This debate will focused on how miscommunication and different conceptions of justice partly explain why Joseph Kony is still walking free.


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We Are Visual!

"We Are Visual! Education and Audio-Visualization of Human Rights" is a partnership project that aims to promote human rights education by using documentary film.

The project offers a Human Rights Audiovisual Educational Toolkit for teachers, facilitators and educational agents. It consists of a Teaching Manual, an Audio-Visual Teaching DVD and a universally accessible Audio-Visual Web-platform. Project partners are Studiorum and MakeDox (Macedonia), Movies that Matter (The Netherlands), NIHRFF (Germany), and Document (Scotland).

Zagreb Dox’ Movies that Matter Award 2013 goes to The Act of Killing

2 March 2013
According to the jury, the The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer is poignant, disturbing and provocative. They recognize the film’s longlasting impact and potential for social change making it a real movie that matters.

A Special Mention went to Mama Illegal, by Ed Mschitz, a film that is addressing an important question of migration and illegality of people.

The Movies That Matter award is given to the film which best promotes human rights. The jury consisted of theorist and philosopher Srećko Horvat, Oksana Sarkisova, programmer at the International Human Rights Film Festival Verzio in Budapest, and Sandra Benčić, head of programmes at the Centre for Peace Studies.


Dutch embassies screen Movies that Matter

10 December 2012
Almost 30 Netherlands Embassies worldwide joined Movies that Matter in the celebration of International Human Rights Day, by organising in total 44 film screenings. The films screened on 10 December were: Bitter Seeds, Justice for Sale, Love Crimes of KabulThe Invisible Men and Peace vs Justice. Many embassies, including those in Sudan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Tunisia and Morocco, screened the film Love Crimes of Kabul. This documentary follows three young women in their struggle with Islamic law.

200 human rights documentaries broadcast in Burma

Over the past two years, the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) produced voice-overs for about 200 documentaries on human rights issues. All these documentaries were broadcast in Burma via DVB satellite TV allowing millions of people to watch them.

This project took place in a time of political reform and a changing media landscape and thus made an impact in Burma. Now that it has become less dangerous to distribute this material in Burma, community libraries and educational institutes have also started to screen these films in public venues. Building on the audiovisual trainings that were also part of this project, DVB will start to work more on the production of human rights documentaries in the future. This project was supported by Amnesty International and Movies that Matter with technical assistance, advice on film selection, and a grant from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery.

CineMigrante screens Movies that Matter

October 2012
As part of CineMigrante, a film festival on migration and human rights in Argentina, Movies that Matter presented three films: 5 Broken Cameras, Blood in the Mobile, and Refugees: Who Needs Them.

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African Human Rights Film Festivals meet at Ciné Droit Libre

July 2012
Ciné Droit Libre, the human rights film festival in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso organised a meeting for African human rights film festivals on 2 and 3 July 2012. The meeting aimed at facilitating more cooperation and sharing of good practices between African and international film festivals. It puts a special emphasis on exchange and learning from each other's strengths. On of it's goals was to create a framework that brings together African and international actors.
Matthea de Jong of Movies that Matter took part in the meeting and presented some of the workshops. The meeting was attended by festivals from Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Libya, Uganda, Niger, Swiss, Czech Republic, and Tunesia. The workshop focused on many different issues, such as programming, fundraising, and itinerant festivals. The workshops were much appreciated by the participants. Sabrina Mahtani of Open Your Eyes in Sierra Leone stated: “Before, we had so many dreams, but we thought it might not be possible. Not it feels much more realisable. We are encouraged through this workshop and happy that we are now part of the film festival family.”

This year, Adboulaye Diallo, director of Ciné Droit Libre, is chairing the Human Rights Film Network.

Screening 'Justice for Sale' and ‘Our School’ at One World Brussels

May 2012
On Tuesday May 15th 2012 at 6:30 pm Movies that Matter and the One World Festival will present the documentary Justice for Sale at the European Parliament in Brussels.

After the screening, the audience is invited to pose their questions to filmmakers Ilse en Femke van Velzen.

On May 18th 2012 at 7 pm Movies that Matter and the One World Film Festival will present the documentary Our School at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. The film will be presented to the general public and policy makers. Afterwards Roma communities, Amnesty International and the Open Society Institute will be available to have a discussion with the audience.

Everyone is most welcome to attend these free-of-charge film screenings and participate in the debates afterwards. Visitors are requested to register as soon as possible (at least one week in advance).

These screenings are part of the One World in Brussels 2012 film festival. Read more.

A Matter of ACT at Flashpoint Human Rights Film Festival

December 2011 & February 2012
The 2nd FLASHPOINT Human Rights Film Festival was an event that brought together 17 extraordinary films from around the world that dealt with human rights issues. The festival screened a selection of films from the A Matter of ACT section of the Movies that Matter Festival, like Redlight, Song For Amine, Suddenly Last Winter, The 10 Conditions of Love, The Sari Soldiers, To Shoot an Elephant, Women in Shroud, and Women in White. These films urge us to reflect, react, revolutionalize and catalyze us to act as a ‘flashpointers’ to ignite change.

Panel discussions were held on the roots of war, corruption, and violence with eminent speakers like Nandita Das, Savita Singh, and Dolly Thakore.

The festival was organised at the Alliance Française in Mumbai (8-10 December 2011) and Delhi (3-5 February) in India. 

Screenings at Dutch ambassies and consulates - worldwide

10 December 2010
In collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Movies that Matter enabled Dutch embassies to host a screening and devote attention to human rights at the occasion of International Human Rights Day on December 10th.

Movies that Matter provides a film menu that consists of five special and present movies on human rights from which the embassies can make a selection.

In 2010 embassies and consulates of 22 countries ordered one or more DVDs. In total, about 37 screenings were organized. Many of the screenings were followed by a debate.

a matter of act - worldwide

In collaboration with Amnesty International, Movies that Matter presents the A Matter of ACT competition programme during the yearly  Movies that Matter Festival.
This programme consists of ten documentaries on human rights defenders. After the festival, Movies that Matter encourages its partners in the countries where the story takes place to show the films in their home country as well.
In 2010 this resulted in screenings of Sari Soldiers in Nepal and of Redlight in Cambodja. The Flahslight Festival in India was completely dedicated to A Matter of ACT documentaries.