The Women of
Venezuelan Chaos

Magnum Photos

30 Years Sakharov Prize

Awarded for the first time in 1988 to Nelson Mandela and Anatoli Marchenko, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the highest tribute paid to human rights work by the European Parliament. In 2017 the prize went to the Democratic Opposition of Venezuela. 

The Movies that Matter Festival has a special relation with the Sakharov Prize and welcomed prize winners in earlier editions. Amongst them the Iranian film maker Jafar Panahi (This is Not a FIlm, Taxi) and doctor Denis Mukwege from The Congo (The Man Who Mends Women).

This year the festival celebrates 30 Years of Sacharov Prize together with the European Parliament and Magnum Photos, with an exposition and a special screening of the film The Women of Venezuelan Chaos on Tuesday 27 March. In this portrait of Venezuela, we see a country in chaos through the eyes of five women of different ages and backgrounds. They all face a severe lack of food and medicines. Added to that are numerous political prisoners, an inadequate legal system and high crime rates. After the screening there is a Q&A with a.o. director Margarita Cadenas.

Magnum Photos: They Defend our Freedoms
To mark the 30th anniversary of The Sakharov Prize, the European Parliament, together with Magnum Photos, presents a new project that profiles four human rights activists from around the world. They Defend our Freedoms – 30 years of the Sakharov Prize gives a voice to these unsung heroes, presenting an immersive journey into their daily lives as seen through the diverse perspectives of Magnum photographers.

Magnum photographers Jérôme SessiniBieke DepoorterEnri CanajNewsha Tavakolian have worked with four remarkable individuals, all staunch defenders of human rights, to shine a light on their work. A commission for European Parliament, these stories are gathered in a new book and exhibition. The exhibition can be seen from 6-19 and from 26-31 March at the Atrium, The Hague.