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International Support

Great news for organisers of human rights film festivals that want to bring about social change. First of all, an inspiring guide was just published. And you can get hold of it! Secondly, Movies that Matter supports film events on human rights all over the world, and is now launching its latest Call for Applications.

This newsletter also presents a selection of our most recent grantees that will organise film screenings in 2015 and 2016.

Focus on women

Movies that Matter supports the sixth edition of Mis Me Binga International Women's Film Festival in Cameroon. The programme has different sections, including He For She, films made by men about women’s issues. In Beijing the 3rd edition of the China Women’s Film Festival will take place in September, followed by an eight month tour through six other Chinese cities. Also, a Kenyan women’s rights organisation is supported, which organises close to twenty film screenings and debates in rural communities, to raise awareness about gender based violence.

LGBT rights... in the spotlights

Three supported film events specifically aim at creating awareness about the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans genders. The Kashish International Queer Film Festival will travel to university campuses in ten Indian cities in the course of twelve months. About two thousand kilometres away, in the capital of Myanmar, the 2nd edition of the Proud Yangon LGBT Film Festival will take place in November 2015. And in Belarus, where LGBT is also still a large taboo topic, ten LGBT related films will be screened in three different cities.

Human rights in motion

We are very pleased to support the third edition of the Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival, taking place from 1-7 October 2015 in Kabul. Later that month the 3rd edition of CinéDOC Tbilisi is held. Mid-November, people all over Lebanon are invited to participate in the first edition of the Beirut Human Rights Film Festival. In the Philippines, our partners are busy preparing for the first Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival, which is scheduled for February 2016.

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Bringing films back to the people

The documentary Daughter of the Lake portrays stories of indigenous women in the Andes standing up for their rights in front of large gold corporations. Between August and October 2015 production company Guarango brings the film 'back to the people' by organising six large public screenings of the film in Peru and Bolivia.

Incorruptible is a documentary film about the Senegalese youth movement that managed to mobilise citizen opposition against authoritarian president Wade in 2012. Using scooters equipped with technical kits and bucket seats, MobiCINE organises a mobile outreach project around this film.

New! Handbook on setting up a human rights film festival

The 2nd edition of Setting up a Human Rights Film Festival is now published. This inspiring guide on the how-to's of organizing a human rights film festival focuses on the needs and challenges of festivals that are sprouting all over the developing world. On the website of the Human Rights Film Network you can read or download the free full version of the handbook, or browse through it by chapters. Movies that Matter gives away two hard copies of the handbook. In order to receive a free copy, please contact Movies that Matter and let us know how your organisation could benefit from this new guide!

Call for Applications

Mobile cinema projects, human rights film festivals, outreach programmes, travelling film festivals, pay attention! Movies that Matter offers financial assistance to initiate all kinds of projects to help exhibit human rights films in developing countries and places where press freedom is at stake. The next deadline for applications is 15 September. So, are you planning to organise such a film event in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America or the Middle East, and still looking for funding? Apply now! 

New Partner

Movies that Matter is proud to announce a partnership with Global Dialogue.

This UK-based charity organisation promotes human rights and social change around the world by making grants and supporting grantmakers. Through their support, Movies that Matter can provide grants, training and advice to more human rights film events worldwide.

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