Other activities

other activities

Every year Movies that Matter hosts various other activities to further stimulate the distribution of human rights films worldwide. For instance, on the 10th of December human rights films are screened on many Dutch embassies to pay attention to the International Day of Human Rights. Movies that Matter also presents film programmes on other film festivals.

In 2016 we organised or participated in the following events:

Embassy screenings

On the 10th of December, International Human Rights Day, at least 44 screenings took place, organised by 32 different diplomatic missions. Two of these took place at the Dutch embassy in Beijing, China. One of the films screened was the documentary Frame by Frame. The embassy also organised a private screening of the film Hooligan Sparrow, which was remarkable since the activist from the film was able to attend the screening and answer questions afterwards. According to our colleagues from the embassy the screening and conversation afterwards has been a very valuable and eye opening experience.

One World Brussels

Where possible, Movies that Matter tries to facilitate special screenings for influentials. This year Movies that Matter was again involved in the organisation of One World in Brussels, a documentary festival aimed at European policy makers. On 20 April 2016, in cooperation with the European Parliament, Human Rights without Frontiers and One World Festival, a Sakharov Prize Network event was set up. After the screening of A Haunting History by Dutch filmmakers Ilse and Femke van Velzen, a panel debate was held.

Cinema and Human Rights San Sebastián

In April 2016 a Movies that Matter programme officer participated in the Youth International Meeting on Cinema and Human Rights in the Spanish city San Sebastian. This exchange programme was organised by the San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival within the context of San Sebastian European Cultural Capital 2016. About 30 young people from various European countries – and the Western Sahara – took part in workshops. These workshops focused on human rights cases (e.g. the Basque conflict) as well as on skills such as film production.

Civil Society Pitch Bucharest

Civil Society Pitch is a European platform for documentary makers and human rights defenders, powered by One World Romania. It facilitates creative encounters of filmmakers, who are searching for inspiration, and activists and NGOs who are familiar with compelling human stories. In October 2016, a Movies that Matter programme coordinator took part in a Civil Society Pitch event in Romania. Together with documentary film director and producer Mona Nicoară and producer Ana Alexieva he joined as workshop tutor and member of the jury.

CinéDoc Tbilisi

In October 2016 a Movies that Matter staff member acted as coach and moderator of the first Civil Doc Tbilisi event. Representatives of Georgian NGOs had the chance to pitch their important work for Georgian and international film directors and producers. Both Future Docs and Civil Doc Tbilisi aim at giving relevant human rights issues the attention they deserve by promoting high-quality cinema productions.

Zagreb Dox

Every year during Zagrebdox, the documentary festival in the capital of Croatia, the Movies that Matter Award is presented. This year the award went to My Aleppo by director Melissa Langer, for its “authentic portrayal of a war-stricken family”, according to the jury. “This films penetrates all the layers of the unbearable heaviness of being a refugee in today’s world."