During the festive Award Ceremony yesterdag evening, the Awards for the A Matter of ACT competition, the Students' Choice Awards and the MovieZone Award were handed out.
Chair of the A Matter of ACT jury, Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You (former chair of Amnesty International) handed out the A Matter of ACT Documentary Award, consisting of the Golden Butterfly and €5.000, to film maker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for his documentary Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun serves as a mouthpiece for the victims of the violent reign of Hissein Habré, the former dictator of the African country Chad. He was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in Senegal in May 2016 for crimes against humanity, rape, forced slavery and abduction.
The A Matter of ACT Human Rights Award, consisting of the Golden Butterfly and € 5.000, went to Saliha Ben Ali from the film The Empty Room. This remarkable portrait of Saliha, whose son died after leaving Belgium to take up arms in Syria. Now his mother is committed to preventing more boys from walking that same path.
Lysaifeni Wout and Tim Verheij from the Student jury handed out the Students' Choice Award, consisting of the Golden Butterfly and € 2.500 euro, to film maker Roland Vranik for The Citizen. This touching fiction film tells the story of African refugee Wilson, who lives in Hungary and would like to be a Hungarian citizen. He falls in love with his teacher Mari and she returns his affections. But their relationship is complicated by Shririn, an illegal Iranian refugee who has moved in with Wilson and lives in hiding.
The MovieZone Award and € 1.500 euro went to director Guido Hendrikx for his documentary Stranger in Paradise. In this film a teacher tells recently arrived migrants in a refugee camp in Sicily three different stories about their future in Fortress Europe.
The youngsters of the MovieZone will hand out the award to the film maker coming Friday, after the screening of Stranger in Paradise at 18.30 hrs in Theater aan het Spui.
You can still seeThe Citizen on Friday 31 March - 18:30 hrs Zaal 5, Filmhuis Den Haag. Buy your tickets here.
You can still see Stranger in Paradise on Friday 31 March - 18:30 Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal. Buy your tickets here.