Movies that Matter @ IDFA 2013

On Sunday November 24th Movies that Matter presented her annual theme-based programme at IDFA. Journalist Bahram Sadeghi hosted this afternoon.

The programme started at 12.00 hrs with a screening of the documentary Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus by Madeleine Sackler. The film picks up the story in 2010 when the KGB is cracking down on dissenters, sixteen years after Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko takes power during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Now, as a dubious new presidential election looms, the KGB targets the Free Theatre's founders Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada who, along with their colleagues, find themselves torn between fighting for their art and for their and their families' safety.

At 14.00 hrs the documentary Judgment in Hungary by Eszter Hajdú was screened. Hungary was the site of serial murders by members of a criminal gang. Over the course of one year, the murderers killed Roma children and adults. Their aim was to victimize the Roma. The trial started 25th March 2011 and finished this summer 6th August 2013 announcing the verdict. This film traces the fate of three Roma families who trust the judicial system to give them closure.

The afternoon was rouned up by the new documentary about the world famous Chinese 'artivist' Ai Weiwei in Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case. The Chinese artist has always chosen the struggle for human rights over a life of privilege. But now he has become a father and along with love, doubt has entered his life: Shall he risk his life for the people or save it for his son? This film follows Ai Weiwei right after his release from three months in isolated detention. He is on probation and under tight surveillance by the Chinese authorities, and he is met with a lawsuit which he soon names "The Fake Case".