The Movies that Matter Festival 2018 has ended and with pride we look back on a very successful week. The festival welcomed a record breaking amount of 27.000 visitors! We thank you the audience, our guests, more than 100 volunteers, interns, partners and funds who made it all possible! Go here to see the after movie made by Den Haag FM.

On Saturday 31 March we celebrated our closing party with live music by The Dawn Brothers. Earlier this day, the BNNVARA Audience Award went to the inspiring documentary City of Joy. The film portrays Jane Mukunilwa and Christine Schuler Deschryver, who are two of the driving forces behind City of Joy in Bukavu (Democratic Republic of the Congo, DRC). In this centre of recovery and healing, women and girls who are survivors of rape and gender violence during the conflict in the DRC are transformed into community leaders.

Inspiring guests
Strong women were well represented at the festival this year, with a wide array of remarkable films by female film makers and activists as Jaha Dukureh (Winner Activist Human Rights Award), who fights against female genital mutilation (FGM) and Naila Ayesh, leader of the Palestinian non-violent resistance movement.

Each year the festival welcomes many prominent and inspiring guests, like Jair Candor, who fights to protect the habitat of Brazil’s indigenous people and stop the logging in the Amazone, and the Syrian gay rights activist Mahmoud Hassino. This year’s guest of honour was the South-African anti-apartheid activist and former director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo. He gave many inspirational speeches and took part in special meetings with the activists.

Q&A’s and more…
Apart from seventy feature films and documentaries, the international film- and debate festival offers a vast debate-programme with Q&A’s, talk shows, workshops and masterclasses. Visitors were also able to see two free of charge exhibitions by photographers; experience VR-films and enjoy music by contemporary bands and DJ’s. To celebrate 30 years of Sakharov Prize there was a specials screening of the documentary Women of the Venezuelan Chaos and an exhibition by Magnum Photo’s at the Atrium. At the Spuiplein visitors and passers-by could enjoy the exhibition State of Being by Anouk Steketee about stateless people in The Netherlands.

The next edition of the Movies that Matter Festival will take place from 22-30 March 2019.