Movies that Matter @ IDFA 2011

On Sunday afternoon 20 November 2011, Movies that Matter hosted a special human rights day: ‘De Verdieping van Movies that Matter’.

The short Susya, directed by Dani Rosenberg and Yoav Gross, was the first film to be screened in the Pathé Tuschinski Theatre. After 25 years, a sixty-year-old Palestinian man, accompanied by his son, returns to his native village, which has been meanwhile been transformed into a Jewish archaeological excavation site.

This was followed by the screening of the documentary Dead Man Talking by director Robin Newell, about Chinese journalist Ding Yu who in her popular television show interviews death row prisoners, just before their execution.

After the screening journalist and Sinologist Garrie van Pinxteren had an exchange of thoughts with producer Steven Seidenberg and Bart Stapert, an attorney specialized in capital punishment law who works for Dutch law firm Böhler.

The second part of the afternoon started off with the screening of the film Tahrir: The Good, The Bad and the Politician by the directors Tamer Ezzat, Ayten Amin and Amr Salama, which was followed by a debate involving Nicole le Fever, Middle East correspondent for the Netherlands Broadcasting Foundation, anthropologist and Tropical Museum custodian Mirjam Shatanawi and Egyptian native Cherif Osman, who has lived in the Netherlands for 15 years. He participated in the establishment of the April 6 Movement in 2008 and is vice-chairman of an umbrella organization that includes some twenty Egyptian foundations.

The programme came to a conclusion with 5 Broken Cameras, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. In this film, we see how Palestinian farmer Emad gives an eye-witness account of the resistance against the separation wall in his village, even when the situation becomes increasingly dangerous. Afterwards, directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, producer Serge Gordey and photojournalist Geert van Kesteren discussed the use of cameras in ‘creative forms of resistance’, led by moderator Nicole le Fever.

All screenings were sold out.