Supported Projects 2011
In 2011 the selection committee granted 25 projects:
Bolivia - LGBT films in suburbs of La Paz
To inform teenagers from suburbs of the Bolivian capital La Paz about the lives and rights of lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgenders, film screenings took place in five major suburbs of La Paz. After each screening, debates were held about the different challenges faced by the LGBT population in Bolivia, such as problems related to homophobia, discrimination, and lack of understanding in the family. The project took place in March and April 2012 and reached 1,000 teenagers. www.libertadglbt.org
Cambodia – We Want (u) to Know
The documentary We Want (u) to Know was developed out of a series of interactive video workshops with survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide. In the first half of 2012, TPO Cambodia and the International Centre for Conciliation of Cambodia organised 24 screenings of this film. 14 community screenings were held in rural areas, while 10 screenings took place at universities in Phnom Penh and Battambang. These screenings and dialogue sessions were attended by about 2,300 people. The project aimed at increasing young people’s knowledge and understanding of the Khmer Rouge and to initiate dialogue and reflection about the past.
Colombia - Cine al Barrio
From June to August 2011, the NGO Fundepaz organised 10 film screenings and debates, to raise awareness about the situation of victims of armed conflict in Colombia. Under the name “Cine al Barrio” (Neighbourhood Cinema) the film events took place in communal houses, schools and a theatre in Pasto, in the territory of Nariño (southwestern Colombia). Nariño is the stage of violent territorial disputes partly related to coca trade. The screenings attracted over 1.800 people and received great media attention. Community and governmental authorities were encouraged to better protect and assist victims of armed conflicts. www.fundepaz.org
Ecuador – Bonito Doc
In October and November 2012, a selection of 16 documentary films related to environmental issues and human rights were screened in three Ecuadorian seaside villages. The festival took place along three days in each village. Screenings at local public schools were held in the morning, while open air screenings were held in the evenings in the village centres. The film programme included both Ecuadorian and international short and feature length documentaries. These and other films were also presented at cinemas in Quito and Guayaquil in April and May 2013. Bonito Doc allowed about 2,600 people to see and debate films about preserving their right for a clean and diverse environment. www.festivaledoc.org
Ecuador – Cine Amazónico
The mobile festival Cine Amazónico (Amazonian Film) took place in February 2012 in five Amazonian cities: Puyo, Coca, Macas, Guayaquil, and Zamora Chinchipe. All regions face social and environmental conflicts due to the extraction of its natural resources. Ten documentaries were screened about issues related to the rights of indigenous peoples and other Ecuadorian citizens. Cine Amazónico reached 1.470 visitors, mainly high school students. The festival was organised by Fundación Pachamama, whose mission it is to promote an alternative development model based on respect for nature and human rights. Pachamama keeps on screening the documentaries and plans to hold a second edition of the festival in 2013.
Guatemala – III Muestra de Cine Internacional
In April 2012, the 3rd edition of the International Film Festival took place. The human rights situation in Guatemala, which has a dolorous history of genocide, human rights violations and impunity, is still rather fragile. Sixteen films were screened on themes related to memory, truth and justice in theatres in Guatemala-City and Quetzaltenango. For the first time the festival organised Cine 15+, a special programme which reached 1.325 youngsters. Filmmaker Stephanie Boyd presented a workshop for young activists on the use of media. The festival reached more than 7.000 visitors and lot of attention on TV and radio. As Plaza Publica stated: “This festival makes us see reality with fresh eyes and simply invites us to build better societies.” Movies that Matter also supported the 2nd edition of the festival in 2011. www.muestracineguatemala.blogspot.com
India - Film festivals on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
In the Indian cities Patna and Lucknow, two film festivals were held in July and August 2012. The organisation AMAN Public Charitable Trust, in cooperation with local partners, screened 17 Indian and international documentary and feature films on conflict resolution and peace building. In addition four short films were screened. The film festivals, named Aghaaz (loosely translated as beginning) and Faasle (distance). A total of 1100 visitors attended these festivals, which also received extensive coverage in the media. www.amanpanchayat.org
Iraq - A Handful of Ash
In 2013 and 2014, four screenings were held of the documentary “A Handful of Ash”, documenting female genital mutilation in the Kurdish regions of Iraq. Screenings were held in Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Baghdad, with a total audience of around 340 people, including politicians, artists, journalists and representatives of Iraqi civil society organisations. After each screening, debates were held about the practice of female genital mutilation, which is widespread in (northern) Iraq. Three versions of the film were produced, serving as a tool to raise awareness about the harmful effects of these cultural practices. www.stopfgmkurdistan.org
Jordan – Karama Human Rights Film Festival
The second edition of Karama Human Rights Film Festival, took place from 5-10 December 2011 in Amman, Jordan. The festival screened about 25 films, mainly from the region, and hosted debates, discussions and cultural activities in addition to the screenings. The festival runs for six days in the Royal Cultural Centre and at four universities outside Amman. The programme addressed themes such as freedom of expression, corruption, good governance and women’s rights. It honored the youth activists of the Arab revolution, by launching a three-day discussion forum for Arab youth activists. The forum featured screenings of new media videos and short films of the Arab world’s uprisings. The festival reached a total of 9.540 spectators. www.karamafestival.org
Malawi - Human Rights Film in Schools
Building on a successful first edition of the Malawi Human Rights Film Festival the organization Advocacy Interaction Trust International designed a project specifically for students. From May to August 2011, 22 screenings were organised at schools, colleges and universities in six regions of Malawi. At each venue two films were screened, with debates held in between the screenings. Themes that were addressed include human trafficking, racism, HIV/AIDS and children’s rights. In general, students showed great interest in the films. Teachers also greatly appreciated the use of audiovisual material in their classes. They indicated a positive side-effect of the films, as the English and French spoken films strongly contributed to the development of the language skills of their students. In total, 9.800 students and teachers were reached through this project. www.humanrightsfilmfestival.org.mw
Palestine – The Palestinian Mobile Cinema
How to give the people in Palestine, especially the most disadvantaged in the remote sectors of Palestinian society, the chance to enjoy Palestinian and international movies on a regular basis? “The Palestinian Mobile Cinema” provides the answer. The project ran for six months and has travelled to the rural villages and refugee camps of the West Bank to reach 7.000 visitors. The project included a total of ninety film screenings and a supporting program with discussions and debates. Films shown focused on children’s and women’s rights, youth issues and the right to be heard. This project, organized by Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association (PSCAA), gathered communities to participate in a positive communal activity and was used as a tool for communication, dialogue and self-reflection for the communities. The PSCAA has been running the Palestinian Cinema for three years with great success. www.pscaa.wordpress.com
Peru – Media that Matter Film Series
Stephanie Boyd, director of The Devil Operation, took the initiative to organize mobile film screenings with her film and two other award winning films: Tambogrande: Mangos, Murder, Mining and Unwanted Witness. The project targeted peasant farming and indigenous communities in the Peruvian regions affected by the conflict over natural resources and aimed to promote positive examples of non-violent resistance, including media advocacy and the importance of film to document human rights abuses. The project took place from August 2011 to April 2012 in the regions Cusco, Puno, Cajamarca, Piura and Lima. It included 11 free public screenings, followed by debates with the filmmakers and the films’ protagonists for 1.330 visitors. Each screening is accompanied by 2 to 4 day workshops on audio-visual production and media advocacy: how to ‘document, disseminate and denounce’ abuses, using available resources and technology for 125 participants. In addition, no less than 2.550 DVDs of each film plus an educational booklet were donated to grassroots organizations, community media, peasant farming and indigenous leaders, educators and activists in Peru. The film was broadcast on Peruvian rural television and 193.787 viewers watched the films and workshop videos on the internet. www.guarango.org/diablo
Philippines – Active Vista Film Festival
The Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival took place from July to December 2012. In 20 cities throughout the Philippines over 40 films were shown. The film screenings, followed by discussions, were held in schools, universities and cinemas. The name Active Vista refers to the Filipino word aktibista (activist). The festival combines art and advocacy in a manner that challenges audiences to think. With the tag line ‘Projecting Truth’, and opening with a screening of This is not a Film, the festival encouraged visitors to reflect on the meaning of truth and the neutrality of film. The festival, which attracted over 22,500 visitors, also included a film making workshop and a human rights themed short film competition, featuring works of young filmmakers.
Philippines - Human Rights Cinema
In December 2011, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) organised “Sine Karbengan” (Human Rights Cinema) at six different venues in Northern Luzon, Philippines. Here 24 short films and 15 short clips have been screened about human rights violations by the state, including enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings. The main featured documentary was Rimbaw (meaning: “to overcome”) chronicling the struggles and courage of families in Northern Luzon in their defense and assertion of human rights. The film screenings and discussions attracted a total of 2.900 people, mostly university students.
Russia – Side by Side Regional Programme
From December 2011 to July 2012, films from the Side by Side Festival (St. Petersburg) were screened in four other cities. Screenings were followed by discussions on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
In March 2012, despite a strong campaign against this law, a bill was passed to ban the “Propaganda of Homosexuality to Minors” in St. Petersburg. The events in Kemerovo and Novosibirsk encountered serious problems due to threats and violence from homophobic youths. The police did not protect the organisers or the audience, and subsequently parts of the programme had to be cancelled. In Moscow and Tomsk the festival encountered no incidence of violence. However, the attendance dropped dramatically, most probably because people were just afraid to attend. Despite increasing discrimination and violence towards the LGBT community in Russia, the organisation Side by Side has continued organising the film festival in St Petersburg and other film events in Russia. www.bok-o-bok.ru
Senegal – AfricanBamba Festival
The first edition of the AfricanBamba Human Rights Film and Arts Festival took place in December 2012, presenting films, debates, music concerts, theatre and sports activities. The five day festival took place in Thiaroye, one of the banlieus of Dakar, to raise awareness on social contemporary issues. About 2,500 people attended the events. In addition to the five-day festival in Thiaroye, open-air film screenings took place at the coastal village Malika. The films and debates dealt with social issues such as migration, poverty and the environment, themes that are close the community. The organisers are currently planning a second edition of the festival, in November or December 2013. www.africanbamba.org.
Serbia - Third Merlinka Queer Festival
From 8 to 12 December 2011, the third edition of the Merlinka Queer Film Festival was held at the Belgrade Youth Center, Serbia. The festival specifically focused on the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT), aiming at promoting tolerance, gay emancipation and reduction of homophobia in Serbia. In October a poster competition was organized, the winning design of which was used to advertise the festival. Supported by the Serbian Ministry of Culture, the festival attracted a total of 628 visitors. The audience had the opportunity to watch 61 different films, of which the very popular queer film Weekend received the most positive responses. Since the Belgrade Pride Parade was cancelled, the Merlinka Queer Festival was Belgrade’s only public event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in 2011. www.merlinka.com
Southern Caucasus - Ciné-Mobile
Ciné-Mobile Caucasus travelled through Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan from March to October 2012 with 11 films from the region. In 19 towns screenings were organised with lively discussions to support the cross-border dalogue in the Southern Caucasus and improve the relationships among different ethnic groups in this region torn by civil wars, segregation and seperatism. This was not always easy, some screenings were cancelled last-minutely, and the organisers had to select the films carefully for each location. However, the project managed to screen films on Armenian topics in Azerbaijan and vice versa. The project reached about 1.200 young people. The screenings took place at schools, cultural centers and refugee settlements targeting mainly a young audience. Youth organisations continue the film screenings in their own cine-clubs and the organisers prepare the very first documentary festival in Tblisi. www.cinemobilecaucasus.com
Thailand - Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival
From 2-5 February 2012, the second edition of the Lifescapes Southeast Asian Film Festival screened 28 documentary and feature films. In addition, post-screening Q&A sessions and panel discussions were held with 25 (international) guest speakers, including actors, film directors and academics. The film festival was held at Payap University in Chiang Mai and attracted a considerable (international) audience of about 1,000 people per day. The screenings helped to raise awareness and understanding of various human rights issues in Cambodia, Lao, Birma, Thailand and Vietnam. www.filmfestival.payap.ac.th
Togo - Student, Messenger of the Value of Human Rights
The Alliance Internationale pour les Droits Fondamentaux de l’Homme (AIDFH) presented the “Student, messenger of the values of human rights” festival from October until December 2011. This film festival, targeting students in particular, presented 24 screenings followed by discussions at twelve different schools and universities in the cities of Lomé, Tsévie, Kara and Dapaong. Along with the screenings, two trainings were held about the role of youth in school in human rights issues, a theatre contest was organised and 9 Human Rights Clubs were set up at the different high schools focusing on different themes like justice, transparancy, democracy, etc. In total, over 6.000 students were reached with the screenings and side activities. Movies that Matter also supported AIDFH’s previous project, the celebration of the International Human Rights Day 2010 with film screenings at schools and universities in various locations around Lomé. www.festival-droitsdelhomme.org/paris/lome
Turkey - Pembe Hayat QueerFest
Turkey's first-ever Queer Film Festival was held in Ankara from 17-24 November 2011. The Pink Life QueerFest was organized to raise awareness about the lives, problems and visions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer individuals, and to take stance against heterosexist, patriarchal and homophobic dynamics within Turkish society. Another main objective of the QueerFest, which attracted a total of 2.750 visitors, was to provide a space for the creation of a queer culture, through activities like tango and painting workshops. The opening film Zenne dancer, which tells the story of the murder of a homosexual man in Istanbul, was one of the most appreciated films screened. The festival was organised by Pembe Hayat (Pink Life), Turkey’s first transgender and queer rights association. Building on the success and passionate responses from the visitors, Pembe Hayat is planning to organize a second edition of the festival in November 2012. www.pembehayat.org
Ukraine - 8th Docudays UA Travelling Film Festival
From October to December 2011, the 8th edition of Docudays UA toured around the country, visiting 112 cities and towns in 22 regions of Ukraine. Traditionally, the annual Docudays UA International Festival in Kyiv continues as a traveling festival throughout Ukraine, screening the winning festival films and other documentaries. Themes of this year included corruption, economic difficulties, human rights and discrimination. In 2011, 625 screenings took place in 251 different locations, such as schools, universities, penal colonies, prisons, social centers, cinemas and community centers. The screenings attracted a total of 134,000 (mainly young) visitors. www.docudays.org.ua
Uruguay - 1st International Film Festival on Human Rights
From 20-24 June 2012, Uruguay’s first International Film Festival on Human Rights was held. For this 5-day festival, 25 films were scheduled for 1.910 visitors. Each day revolved around a specific theme, such as gender, diversity and earth & environment. A workshop on "Public art cinema, memory and human rights in Colombia and Latin America," was offered during the festival. The festival took place in the centre and suburban areas of Montevideo. Four round-tables about the films and their topics were also organized, contributing to the dissemination, awareness and promotion of human rights in Uruguay and neighbouring countries. Tenemos que Ver is planning its next edition in June 2013. http://www.cotidianomujer.org.uy
Uruguay - LlAmale H
Despite recent progression in Uruguay, there still is a lot to gain when it comes to the rights of people from sexual minorities. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) festival, Llamale H, aims to promote values of equality and respect of sexual and gender diversity. From 8-16 September 2011, the festival was held in the capital Montevideo. In the Hoyts Alfabeta cinemas and Cinemateca Uruguaya 45 films were screened. This fifth anniversary edition of the Llamale H focused especially on sexual diversity in education with the premier screening of Vestidos en el aula (Dressed in the classroom) and a symposium on homophobia at schools. Along the screenings, the festival hosted debates with the participation of filmmakers, activists and politicians, a photography contest, an award show and a free concert.
In October and November 2012, as part of its decentralisation programme, screenings were also held in other provinces in Uruguay: Salto, Melo, Mercedes, Fray Bentos and Minas. The communities in the provinces are less familiar with LGBT issues than in Montevideo. This makes it even more important to also organise film screenings and debates in the provinces. www.llamaleh.org
Zimbabwe - Youth Film Festival
Under the theme "Movies that Move", the 2nd OYA Youth Film Festival was held in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The films focused on the rights of children, women and people living with HIV/AIDS. The festival, which was held from 28 November to 2 December 2011, featured six African and two European productions. Screenings were held in eight different venues in and around Mutare, including the Sakubva football stadium, the location of the World AIDS Day commemorations that day. The film screenings, organised by the Organisation for Youth Advancement (OYA), were attended by over 2.000 people. Especially young women showed interest in the festival.
In 2011, the selection committee consisted of Isabel Arrate (coordinator Jan Vrijman Fund), Sebastian Dinjens (Medical Committee Netherlands-Vietnam), Nancy Jouwe (Kosmopolis), Jannie Langbroek (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Dorien Marres (Growth & Mobilisation Fund, Amnesty International), Taco Ruighaver (director Movies that Matter).