From June 2008 - March 2009 the film festival Bolivia - El séptimo ojo es tuyo (The 7th Eye is Yours) travelled throughout Bolivia to capital cities and indigenous areas. 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 7.000 visitors.
The second edition of the International Festival of Cinema and Videotape GLBT La Paz will be carried out from 22 to 29 July 2009 in Bolivian Cinemateca, screening more than forty features, documentaries and shorts of several countries of Europe, United States and Latin America. The festival aims to raise awareness on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual rights, homophobia and the lack of tolerance towards sexual diversity. It also includes a special section on HIV issues.
The One World Travelling Documentary Film Festival on human rights took place in Bulgaria from May to December 2008. Mini festivals were organised in Blagoevgrad, Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo, Varna and Plovidv and monthly screenings took place in the capital city, Sofia. Alongside the screenings discussions were organised about issues such as migration, xenophobia, discrimination and prejudices. In Kresna One World organised a special programme on women's rights. Multi-media lessons were organised at schools and libraries. The screenings were attended by 1.800 visitors, mainly students. With the support of the Czech center monthly screenings are continued.
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 with the awarded films was organised in November and December 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 over 8.500 people in Burkina Faso's rural areas.
From June to September 2009, film screenings were organised at ten schools and five universities and colleges throughout the country. Over 4.000 students watched films from the festival at their universities and engaged in the discussions that followed the screenings. The programme included films from the region, like Filmmakers Against Racism (9 shorts on the 2008 xenophobic attacks in South Africa), Democracy in Dakar, Fighting the Silence and Taking Root, about Wangari Mathai’s struggle for the environment in Kenya.
Kenya - Dunia Moja Human Rights Film Festival
In December 2008 the first Dunia Moja Human Rights Film Festival took place. In March and April 2009 a selection of the festival films travelled to rural towns selected on the basis of information on the Waki list; these are the area's where many people were affected by the ethnic violence, with a high number of Kenyans getting displaced, injured or murdered.
The goal of Reflections of Healing: - 2008 Human Rights Film Festival is to prepare communities to reflect upon, caucus and meaningfully participate in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) and other transitional justice and national reconstruction processes in Kenya following Kenya's post 2007 elections violence. The screenings were followed by in-depth discussions guided by questionnaires that focused on the current coexistence of Kenyans, the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation processes, the new constitutional review processes and the processes of accountability & good governance. The screenings reached almost 4.000 people across the towns.
Nepal - Weekly Screening in Kathmandu
From August – September 2008 weekly human rights film screenings were organised at the colleges and universities of Kathmandu. Eight films were presented to the invited students, professors, filmmakers, and journalists. About 3.200 people attended the screenings.
A workshop "How to read human rights film and screening?" was held in Kathmandu for 20 participants. Eight Film Societies were voluntarily formed in the colleges and universities. These Film Societies will continually run in order to promote film screenings in their colleges as well as in the societies at large.
Nepal - Weekly Screening in universities and colleges
Human rights and arbitrary killing in Nepal is becoming a burning issue. Abuse and violation of human rights have been reported ever since the Maoists insurgency started. Caste based discrimination is widespread.
From January - March 2009 weekly human rights film screenings were organised at the colleges and universities of Pokhara and Butwal. The films were presented to the invited students, professors, filmmakers, and journalists.
Peru - Full Rights for Everyone
From 5-7 December 2008 the film festival called "Full Rights For Everyone" was organised to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The project was implemented in five cities in Peru: Cusco, Apurimac, Arequipa, Puno and Ayacucho, the latter being the headquarters. In each of these cities films which generate social consciousness and awareness on human rights, were screened. The themes of the films included political violence, the death penalty, torture, the rights of women and children, a clean environment and the right to safe water and health.
All together, a total of 2,857 people attended "Full Rights for Everyone". This festival was a pilot project to prepare for another, larger film festival next year.
Russia - Translation and online screening Letter to Anna
With the support of Movies that Matter, the film Letter to Anna (Eric Bergkraut, 2008) has been translated into Russian and from October 2008 onwards the film can be viewed on Novaya Gazeta's website.
Letter to Anna describes the story of journalist Anna Politkovskaja's death. She was shot in her Moscow apartment block on the 7th of October 2006. Anna Politkovskaja's work included investigating and writing about the torture and murder of Chechen civilians at the hands of military forces loyal to Moscow, and negotiating with Chechen rebels who took 700 hostages in a Moscow theatre. Threats didn't stop her from writing about ignorance, hatred, and barbarism in her country. She worked for Novaya Gazeta. In October 2009 the film was seen by 10.000 to 15.000 visitors. Read more
Surinam - Limbo Woyo (Open Your Eyes)
In October 2009 Limbo Woyo "Open Your Eyes", will travel to three villages in Surinam, Langa Tabiki, Stoelmanseiland and Diitabiki. 'Open Your Eyes' is a travelling film and debate festival on human rights issues. With this initiative the Foundation for Communication, Culture and Development (COCON) aims to increase the awareness on human rights among the Maroon population. COCON uses community-based interventions, such as theatre and film event, as an information method to inform deprived communities.
Thailand - The Move Media Rights Festival in Bangkok
From 29 April - 3 May 2009 the Move Media Rights Festival focusing on South East Asia took place in Bangkok. A two-day "Film & Human Rights" workshop was held on April 29 & 30 with film screenings on May 1 -May 3. On May 5 and May 7, an outreach program took place in Mae Sot and Chiang Mai at the Chiang Mai International Centre, Chiang Mai University. The festival presented about 40 human rights films. With the combination of film, exhibitions, dialogues and workshops the festival aims to strengthen local capacity among human rights activists and contribute to the process of knowledge building. The organisers aim to increase public awareness on key human rights issues in South East Asia. Initially, the festival was to take place in December, but due to political unrest it has been postponed.
Zimbabwe - First Zimbabwe Right Festival
The Zimbabwe Right Festival is a project initiated by the Creative Writing Africa Trust and supported by Movies That Matter. This 3-day film and debate festival will take place in Harare and surrounding townships Mbare, Highfield and Chitungwiza in November 2009.
Zimbabwe has witnessed a systematic breakdown of its governance and economic structures. A human rights film festival could contribute to making a difference in this country via the education of people on their rights and the creation of places for people to meet and discuss such topics.
The selection commission 2008 consisted of Jan Besselink (former director Lumiere), Leo Hannewijk (programme director Movies that Matter and director Film by the Sea), Taco Ruighaver (director Movies that Matter) and Paul van Paaschen (programme manager art and culture, Hivos).