Nenita La Rose

Roger Ross Williams

Nenita La Rose is currently a Board member at Amnesty International Netherlands. She is also the President of the Dutch Women’s Council (NVR) and active as a City Councilor for the city of Amsterdam (PvdA). La Rose was born in Suriname and raised in the Netherlands. She completed a degree in Law at the University of Amsterdam and worked for the municipality of this city for almost 20 years, as Deputy director at the Mayor’s Office. Between 2007-2015 La Rose worked as the Executive Director of Child Helpline International (CHI), a UN Recognised organisation that advocates for the Rights of Children and Young People around the world.

Roger Ross Williams is an Oscar and Emmy award-winning director, producer and writer and the first African American director to win an Academy Award ®, with his film Music By Prudence. He's directed a number of acclaimed films. Two that will be highlighted at the festival include God Loves Uganda, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award ® and Traveling While Black, a VR documentary that was nominated for a Primetime Emmy. His most recent project, The Apollo, was the opening night film of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award ®. Williams is on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences serving as chair of the Documentary Branch and the documentary Diversity Committee.  He also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Sundance Institute, the Advisory Board of Full Frame Festival, and the boards of the Tribeca Film Institute, Docubox Kenya, None On Record, and the Zeitz Museum Of Contemporary Art Africa.  He resides in New York and Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Paul Peters

Leni Velasco

Paul Peters is a lawyer who has worked for the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1981. Over half of that time he dealt with UN human rights and Security Council issues. He represented The Netherlands in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the UN General Assembly in New York. He held bilateral postings in Beijing and Jakarta. At present he is a special adviser at the Human Rights and Political and Legal Division of the Ministry.

Leni Velasco is the co-founder and head of the DAKILA artist-activist collective in the Philippines and Festival Director of its Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. Her 20 years of experience in marrying art and activism pioneered groundbreaking creative and innovative programs in social change campaigns and movements in the Philippines. Leni was a fellow of the Equitas Human Rights Training Program in Montreal, the Summer School of Cinema Human Rights Advocacy in Venice, the RELEASE Southeast Asia Fellowship on Drug Reform Policy in London, and most recently, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation International Academy for Leadership in Germany. In 2018, she was nominated for Most Distinguished Human Rights Defender at the Ignite Awards of Amnesty International.

Patrick Farrelly

Patrick Farrelly worked with Michael Moore in the late 1990s producing his Emmy Award-winning satirical series, TV Nation and the Awful Truth. His HBO documentary Left of the Dial was an Emmy Award nominee. Voices from the Grave, a film about the Northern Ireland Troubles won Ireland’s Best Documentary award. He directed and produced Nuala, A Life and Death a feature documentary about the Irish writer and memoirist Nuala O’Faolain. ‘Nuala’ won Best Film at the Dublin Film Festival and awards at numerous festivals. His 2017 feature Jaha’s Promise tells the story of a young west African woman who returned home to lead a successful campaign against FGM and child marriage, practices that almost ruined her life. It won the Activist Award at the 2018 Movies that Matter Festival in the Hague and has been shown on television networks across Europe.