A Matter of ACT

A Matter of ACT consists of nine special documentaries about human rights defenders. These impressive portraits of human rights defenders throughout the world show their brave fight against injustice and oppression. The films also show what great dangers and threats these activists have to face to do their work. In many of the countries freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and the right to life are violated. Human rights defenders were present at all screenings and engaged in discussions with the audience afterwards.

The films and their protagonists competed for the two A Matter of ACT Awards, the Golden Butterflies for the best film and the human rights award.

This programme was made possible bij Amnesty International.

A Matter of ACT consists of nine special documentaries about human rights defenders. These impressive portraits of human rights defenders throughout the world show their brave fight against injustice and oppression. The films also show what great dangers and threats these activists have to face to do their work. In many of the countries freedom of speech, the right to a fair trial and the right to life are violated. Human rights defenders were present at all screenings and engaged in discussions with the audience afterwards.

The films and their protagonists compete for the two A Matter of ACT Awards, the Golden Butterflies for the best film and the human rights award.

This programme is made possible bij Amnesty International.

A Matter of ACT Programme 2017

The A Matter of ACT programme 2017 consisted of the documentaries The Borneo Case, City 40, Dil Leyla, Disturbing the Peace, The Empty Room, Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy, Kiki, Tickling Giants and What Tomorrow Brings.

A Matter of ACT Night

On Saturday March 25th the documentary Dil Leyla was screened during the A Matter of ACT Night. Special guest Mary Robinson, who previously was the first female president of Ireland (1990-1997) and High Commissioner for Human Rights from the United Nations, opened the night. After the film a discussion programme took place with the filmdirector of Dil Leyla, Asli Ozarslan.

Dil Leyla

Dil Leyla

Awards

On Wednesday the 29th of March the Golden Butterflies were awarded during the feasty Award Ceremony in Theater aan het Spui. One of the Golden Butterflies was to the best film of the A Matter of ACT competition, another one to Human Rights defenders from this programme. You can read about the winners of the programmes here.

A Matter of ACT Jury

The A Matter of ACT Jury consisted of Lilian Gonçalves – Ho Kang You, she used to be board member of Amnesty International in the Netherlands and International Executive Committee of Amnesty International in London. Chinese filmmaker Nan Fu Wang, founder and director of Artists for Amnesty Bill Shipsey, human rights defender and film director Malek Shafi'i and Samer Al Adib, a Syrian entrepreneur based in Amsterdam, were a part of the A Matter of ACT Jury as well. Read more about the A Matter of ACT jury here.

AMOA Activists - EN archive

Read more about the activists from the A Matter of ACT competition 2016. Go here to watch the long trailer of the A Matter of ACT competition 2016.