Supported projects 2017

In the first selection round of 2017, Movies that Matter decided to support the following 11 projects:

Bolivia - Bajo Nuestra Piel

In November 2017, the 2nd edition of this human rights film festival will take place in La Paz, followed by a two-month travelling festival in rural areas of Bolivia. The film and debate programme intends to cover Bolivia’s most pressing and topical human rights issues, like domestic violence, LGBT rights and the rights of indigenous people. In La Paz the festival mainly targets youth and adolescents through an education programme organised at colleges as well as a wider audience at the free public screenings in three different neighbourhoods. In addition, film screenings and discussions are planned at 6 rural destinations. In total, the organisers of Bajo Nuestra Piel expect to reach more than 11,000 Bolivian citizens.

Central African Republic - Ciné de Droits

For the first time a human rights film festival will be organised in the Central African Republic. The four-day festival, which aims to contribute to peace and harmony in the country, will take place from 21 to 24 September 2017. The organisers, Venant d’Afrique/Afrique Réelle and partners, will screen seven films in different locations including a hotel and a university in the capital Bangui to reach the different target audiences: students, UN officials and the general public. They hope to sensitize and educate around 8000 people on the violations of human rights and stimulate people to work for democracy and freedom and fight against violence.

China - Shanghai Queer Film Festival

The Shanghai Queer Film Festival is a new platform, set up in 2016 to promote Chinese queer filmmakers and the Chinese queer community. The 1st edition, from 15-21 September 2017, will bring a week of queer world cinema screenings, panel discussions, filmmaking workshops and parties in a variety of venues, for up to 1500 visitors. China is still a long way from acknowledging and accepting LGBTI people, so the organisers hope this festival is a first step towards a more accepting and welcoming community in China.. The programme includes a range of queer films from around the world but will focus on primarily Asian narratives and characters to improve accessibility.

Colombia - Ambulante Documentary Village Tour

Between July and December 2017 Fundación Ambulante Colombia organises a mobile documentary film festival presenting (Colombian) film productions on gender equality and reconciliation. While last year Ambulante travelled to five Colombian cities, this year they plan to visit 17 villages in 11 departments of Colombia where cinema houses hardly exist. Lots of local partners are involved in the organisation of screenings of almost 50 films in public squares. In each village there will be a debate with filmmakers, journalists, activists, academics, artists, and civil society leaders. More than 6000 visitors are expected.

Gambia - Sofa Cinema

Gambia’s recent transition to democracy opens up for human rights films to be shown all across the country. Sofa Cinema is the Gambia’s first and only mobile community cinema. Between October 2017 and August 2018, around 50 film screenings about human rights will be held in rural and urban parts of the country. The project serves as a platform for dialogue about issues that are of local concern, like illegal migration, child marriage and freedom of expression. While most of the screenings will be offered for free, through partnerships with NGOs, in the end the project aims to become self-sustaining via ticket sales. A total of 7500 people will be reached.

Kosovo and Serbia - MobiKino

During the month of August 2017, the NGO Proactive travels with a special van in the border region of Kosovo and Serbia to organise outdoor MobiKino screenings. In order to foster understanding and cooperation among young people of the border region, they screen four films about the rights of minorities and marginalized populations. The aim of this "Mobile Cinema for Human Rights" project is to reach 1400 visitors in different towns on both sides of the border. Discussions are set up with the general public, human rights activists, civil society and media representatives and local politicians.

Lebanon - Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival

From 11 to 14 July 2017, the 2nd edition of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival will be held. This festival, with the theme “New Identities”, presents 25 fiction, animation and documentary films, mainly about racism, discrimination and refugees. Venues include the Metropolis Empire Sofil cinema in Beirut, and several universities in different areas of Lebanon. The festival will be running under the umbrella of the NGO “Factory 961”. The first edition, in 2016, was also supported by Movies that Matter. This year about 3500 visitors are expected to attend Karama Beirut.

Malaysia - Freedom Film Fest

The FreedomFilmFest is Malaysia’s only international human rights documentary film festival. It is organised by the Freedom Film Network, a non-profit network of social filmmakers and human rights activists in Malaysia. This year’s main festival takes place from 2-9 September in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, showcasing about 30 local and international human rights documentaries on themes such as censorship and freedom of expression, challenges to democracy, gender equality and food security. The programme has, a special emphasis on stories from South East Asia. A selection of festival films will travel to large Malaysian cities including Ipoh, Johor Baharu and Kuching.

Nicaragua - Human Rights Film Festival MÁS

To critically evaluate and have informed discussions about the human rights situation in Nicaragua, theyouth rights organisation Movimiento Puente organises Festival de Cine MÁS. The 3rd edition of the 12-day traveling human rights film festival takes place in August 2017. The festival will travel to Managua, Matagalpa, Masaya, Granada, León, Chinandega and new this year: Estelí. They organise 25 screenings of 12 films and all the screenings will be followed by a forum, dialogue or debate led by human rights experts. The project is targeted at youth and students. Organisers aim at 1500 visitors to join the activities.

Turkey - Touch Base: Film and other home grounds

This new project by cultural organisation Anadolu Kültür, in cooperation with !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, involves a year-round film screening and discussion programme in Istanbul and various other locations in Turkey. It is expected to take off in October 2017. In addition to the screenings in Istanbul, which will be reaching more than 2000 people, thousands of visitors are expected in other Turkish cities. Academics and other artists will be involved in the workshops, masterclasses and talks after the screenings. Topics of the presented films include freedom of expression, censorship, conflict resolution and forced migration.

Uganda - Gulu International Film Festival

Freedom of expression, land rights, justice for women and children rights; these are the main human rights topics that will be addressed during the 1st edition of Gulu International Film Festival. From 27 to 29 July 2017, a mix of entertainment films and human rights cinema will be screened, both Ugandan and international productions. The festival takes place in and around Gulu, the largest city of northern Uganda. The gardens of the TAKS Community Art Centre will serve as the main venue of the festival. The festival is organised by the community based organisation called United Youth Entertainment. They expect around 5000 people to attend this first festival edition.

Selection Committee

In the first round of 2017 the selection committee of the Movies that Matter Support Programme consisted of Isabel Arrate (coordinator IDFA Bertha Fund), Leon Willems (director Free Press Unlimited), Jannie Langbroek (consultant at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Dorien Marres (former coordinator Growth & Mobilisation Fund, Amnesty International Netherlands) and Dirk van der Straaten (artistic director Movies that Matter).