From 1-4 May 2008 the first human rights international film festival in the Middle East took place in Bahrain: the Bahrain Human Rights International Film Festival (BHRIFF). The festival celebrated both Labour Day on May 1st and the International Day for Press Freedom on May 3rd. The festival screened 27 films covering themes, such as women's rights, the ‘war on terror', and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. About 2.000 people attended the screenings.
In September and October 2007 the film festival Bolivia - El séptimo ojo es tuyo (The 7th Eye is Yours) travelled throughout Bolivia to capital cities and indigenous areas with it's awarded films. The goal of this tour was to bring film and debate programs on human rights closer to indigenous people. With the support of Movies That Matter, the outreach programme reached about 10.000 visitors.
The Ciné Droit Libre Film Festival is annually organised in Ouagadougou in Burkina-Faso. With the support of Movies that Matter, an on tour programme was organised from October 2007 - January 2008 travelling throughout the country to the rural areas. Open air screenings and debates were organised in four towns, Bobo Dioulasso, Gorom-Gorom, Fada N'Gouma and Pô and organised a special screening at the University of Ouagadougou. The travelling festival reached about 5.400 people in Burkina Faso's rural areas.
With the support of Movies that Matter, the Film New Year Baby (Socheata Poeuv, 2006) has been translated into Khmer and is distributed with an outreach-programme in Cambodia by the end of 2008 to crank up the dialogue on truth and reconciliation. Director Socheata Poeuv was born on New Year's Day in a Thai refugee camp. Her parents survived Pol Pot's Red Khmer genocide and resettled in the United States. Twenty-five years later, Socheata travels back to Cambodia with her family for the first time.
Director Lisa F. Jackson translated her film The Greatest Silence: Rape in Congo into Swahili, bought portable DVD players and travelled in May 2007 to Congo to show her film in different places. This film was presented at women's organisations, hospitals, police stations and NGO's and reached about 6.000 people (mainly women).
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, women are still systematically kidnapped, tortured and raped. Rape is still a big taboo in Congo. Lisa Jackson, herself victim of rape, investigates the situation. The women talk freely to Jackson about what happened to them. Rape in Congo is a documentary, which forms a part of a series called The Greatest Silence, concerning women and sexual violence in wartime. Watch a short film about the project.
The second edition of the Addis International Film Festival took place in March 2008. With the support of Movies that Matter the festival films Black Gold (Nick & Mark Francis, 2006) and African Spelling Book (a compilation of short films made by street children in Nairobi, 2005) were subtitled and screened two or three times at four universities in Jimma, Bahir Dar, Mekele and Hawasa. More than 5.000 students attended the screenings. The evaluation report mentioned: "The particular topic of Black Gold, the place of Ethiopian coffee in the world market and the conditions of the farmers and producers, created much surprise and heated debates and reflexions among the viewers. Coffee has a highly important part in our everyday lives here, yet without knowing all the commotion behind it on the international scene. It is also a time in Ethiopia where a first international standard commodity exchange platform is set up and coffee had the highest stake."
The Jakarta International Film Festival introduced the Movies that Matter Award in 2006. Ten films were nominated for the Movies That Matter Competition 2006. A Hero's Journey also known as When the Sun Rises directed and produced by Grace Phan won the award. The film portrays activist Xanana Gusmao. This poet-guerilla led the 24-year liberation war against Indonesian occupation of East Timor, seven of those years from a prison in Jakarta.
Indonesia - Translation and distribution A Hero's Journey
Movies that Matter supported the translation of A Hero's Journey into three languages (Portuguese, English, and Indonesian), and the distribution throughout Indonesia. This film won the first Movies that Matter Award at the Jakarta International Film Festival in 2006 and is also known as Where The Sun Rises. The film portrays activist Xanana Gusmao. This poet-guerilla led the 24-year liberation war against Indonesian occupation of East Timor, seven of those years from a prison in Jakarta.
Indonesia - Movies That Matter Award at JIFF
In 2007 the Jakarta International Film Festival presented the Movies that Matter Award for the second time in a row. The winner turned out to be Aryo Danusiri's documentary film Playing Between Elephants. The director will use his price to travel through the country with a film and debate program on the subject by means of a road show. There is an Indonesian saying that when elephants are locked in a fight, the mouse deer will die in the middle. In Playing Between Elephants, the mouse deer is Pak Geuchik, the village chief in charge of implementing a post-tsunami $13 million UN-Habitat reconstruction project in his village of East Geunting, Aceh. Pak Geuchik navigates between the worlds of UN aid workers, Indonesian translators, building suppliers and local villagers.
Ivory Coast - 1st edition of Ciné Droit Libre
The first film festival on Human Rights in Côte d'Ivoire, "Ciné Droit Libre", was held from 10 to 13 July 2008 in Abidjan. It was organised jointly by the associations Semfilms (Burkina Faso) & Ciné Connection (Ivory Coast). The various activities were held at the German Cultural Center (Goethe Institut), at University of Cocody and the Palace of Culture. The festival hosted 8 guests, screened 20 films and organised multiple debates. 1.272 people attended the screenings. Furthermore, a training worskhop on film production was organised and a forum on ‘Peace building and elections in Ivory Coast'.
Nepal - Weekly human rights film screenings
In Februay - May 2008 weekly human rights film screenings were organised at a film theatre in Kathmandu by the Jagaran Media Centre. Twelve films from around the globe were presented to students, professors, filmmakers, and journalists. Every day human rights are violated in Nepal. Caste based discrimination is one example of the violations taking place in this country. With this film project the organisers aim to contribute to the awareness of human rights in Nepal.
Former Yugoslavia - Simultaneous screening of Carla's List
On the 13th of December 2007, Pravo Ljudski (Sarajevo), Movies that Matter (The Hague), Research and Documentation Center (Sarajevo), Humanitarian Law Center (Belgrade) and Documenta (Zagreb) organised simultaneous screenings of the documentary film Carla's List of director Marcel Schüpbach, as well as subsequent panel discussions, in The Hague, Sarajevo, Belgrade and Zagreb. The public engaged in a discussion on the first international criminal tribunal since Nuremberg and Tokyo, an institution which has, since its founding in 1993, been the cause of many disputes, and which through its work influenced in an important way the developments in international law in the sphere of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Carla's List follows the determined prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Carla del Ponte and two of her closest colleagues over several months during their hunt for justice. The events took place when Carla Del Ponte's mandate was reaching its end.
The selection committee 2007 consisted of Jan Besselink (former director Lumiere), Leo Hannewijk (programme director Movies that Matter and director Film by the Sea), Lieke van Nood (former coordinator international programme Movies that Matter), Taco Ruighaver (director Movies that Matter) and Paul van Paaschen and Teyo van der Schoot (programme managers human rights and democracy, Hivos).