supported projects 2012

In 2012 the selection committee granted 25 projects:

Bangladesh - 1st Youth Film Festival at Schools

During three days in early 2013, Rajshahi (northern Bangladesh) will be the stage for the Youth Film Festival. By displaying 20 different films the festival aims to sensitize youth between 15-30 on human rights issues in Bangladesh and around the world. Filmmakers and human rights activists are invited to take part in debates and seminars, aiming to attract an estimated 5.000 visitors. Read more

Cameroon – Bamenda Human Rights Film and Arts Festival

In July 2012, the organisation A Common Future organised the 2nd edition of the Bamenda Human Rights and Arts Festival. Eightteen film screenings were held in community halls, cafes and university venues in Bamenda, a large city in the north-west of Cameroon. The main theme of the 6-day festival was violence against women. The screenings reached 4,000 visitors, mainly youths and women, and were followed by often passionate and emotional discussions about women’s rights and how to report violence against women. Read more

Cameroon - Mis Me Binga

From 27 - 31 March 2013, the city of Yaounde hosted  the 4th edition of ‘Mis Me Binga International Film Festival’. Meaning ‘the eyes of a woman’, this festival is especially focused on women’s rights. A total of 19 films have been screened, including open-air screenings in the townships Nkonkana and Elig Edzoa and at one school. In addition, the festival comprised a workshop for 15 filmmakers, a photo exhibition and a short film competition. The festival reached over 7.000 visitors, mainly youths. Read more

China – Queer Film Festival Tour

The 4th edition of this touring film festival was held in 14 cities in China, including regional centres in the heartland and in Tibet. Film screenings were held in cafes, universities, art centres and music clubs. By promoting these screenings through social media the organisers managed to attract over 1,400 people, who visited these locations to watch films and participate in debates about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) rights. By screening almost 20 different films that are not allowed in public cinemas, the travelling festival aimed at raising awareness on LGBTQI issues in China, promoting queer film and strengthening local LGBTQI organisations and communities. Read more

Colombia – Derecho a Ver

The second edition of the traveling human rights film festival Derecho a Ver was held between September 2012 and September 2013. A total of 182 film screenings and debates were held in cultural centres, libraries, schools and outdoor locations in 20 cities and municipalities throughout Colombia. The film programme included twelve foreign films and fourteen Colombian films related to native people’s rights, paramilitarism, forced displacement, women’s rights and other topics. With these free screenings the cultural association Making Docs reached more than 5,000 visitors all over the country. Read more

Colombia - Fundepaz film screenings

The Colombian government still enforces obligatory military service. With film screenings and debates, the Colombian NGO Fundepaz tried to mobilise people in favour of two Constitutional Court Acts that recognize the right to object military service. The film screenings, held between November 2012 and March 2013 in Pasto City, also addressed related issues such as anti-militarism, non-violence and peace building. The screenings and debates took place in schools and communal houses, attracting about 1150 young people. Read more

Cote d’Ivoire - Ciné Droit Libre

From 20-23 November 2013, Cote d’Ivoire hosted its 5th edition. A number of 16 films were screened on children's rights. Screenings took place all over Abidjan: the Goethe Institute, open air screenings and at schools. During the festival, workshops related to filmmaking and the use of video for NGOs were held. The organisers welcomed a range of musicians and comedians, politicians and NGO representatives. Despite the heavy rain causing a number of  cancelled screenings, the festival reached 1,750 visitors. The festival will continue its activities, from 2014-2016 with the support of the EU. Read more

El Salvador - Film Forums on Human Rights and Historical Memory

To open up the discussion on the past experiences of the civil war in El Salvador and to increase awareness on historical truth, 20 film forums have been organised all over the country. The forums took place in 20 cities and towns between March 2013 and March 2014, with an attendance of almost 4,000 people, especially students and teachers. The project was organized by the Word & Image Museum, which considers the film forums essential in a post-war society that is building democracy and citizens’ participation, connecting the past with the present and turning memory into transformative action. Many (other) school directors indicated their interest in participating in these film forums in the future. Read more


The 1st edition of the CinéDOC Tbilisi Documentary Festival was held between 15 and 20 October 2013. Within the programme there were 13 films with a specific focus on human rights, such as Igrushki, The Act of Killing and Songs of Redemption, which won the audience award. With more than 40 film screenings, the festival reached more than 4.500 visitors. By organising the festival and inviting filmmakers from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Noosfera Foundation strives for creating a space for dialogue and strengthening civil society in the region. The 2nd edition will be held in October 2014. Read more



Guatemala - Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia

Memory, truth and justice are the main themes in the Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia.These themes are highly relevant given Guatemala’s dolorous history of genocide and impunity, and the historic court case against former president Rios Montt. The 4th edition of the festival was held in April 2013. This edition a special youth programme was introduced, for students and teachers: Cine 15+. Almost 11,000 people visited 27 film screenings and 22 debates at the Teatro Nacional and the Capitol cinemas in Guatemala City. In addition to many passionate responses from the audience, the festival attracted a lot of media attention. Festival organisers are currently looking for funds in order to be able to continue with the festival in 2014 and beyond. Read more

India – International Youth Film Festival

The second edition of India’s International Youth Film Festival took place from 24 February to 1 March 2013. In a period of 6 days, 12 films human rights related films were displayed at a large cinema hall in the city of Lucknow. The festival, which also included 12 debates and painting, poster making and writing competitions, was particularly targeted at people between 18 and 30 years old. Approximately 4.000 visitors participated in the festival. Read more

Indonesia – The Act of Killing Outreach

The Oscar-nominated film , The Act of Killing, a film by Joshua Oppenheimer, portrays former leaders of Indonesian paramilitaries in the 1960s. Due to safety issues, this project aimed at grassroots distribution with invitation-only screenings. More than 2,600 DVDs were sent out to 118 cities in 29 of Indonesia’s 33 provinces. People receiving DVDs have often held several screenings. The filmmakers organised another 156 screenings. Within Indonesia, the film can be downloaded for free, and at least 3,5 millions of people did so. After the film was nominated for the Academy Awards, the president's spokesmen acknowledged that the 1965 genocide was a crime against humanity, and that Indonesia needs reconciliation, but in their own time. Read more

Kenya - FilmAid Film Festival

In August 2013, the FilmAid Film Festival brought the world of cinema to two major Kenyan refugee camps and to the slums of Nairobi. In a period of two weeks, the festival showcased 6 international films and 15 refugee-made short films, addressing issues such as access to shelter, healthcare, education and justice. Besides the screenings, FilmAid provided young refugees with training and resources to make their own films. The support of Movies that Matter was specifically used for the screenings in the Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps. These camps have a combined population of over 550.000 refugees from Somalia, Sudan, Congo and Burundi. With the project FilmAid reached more than 20.000 visitors. Read more

Kosovo – Rolling Film Festival

From 12-16 December 2012, the city of Prishtina was the stage for the third edition of the Rolling Film Festival, a 5-day festival with 48 films by and about Roma from all over the world. Apart from film screenings, the festival included a daily debate, a short film competition, music concerts and a film workshop with Roma youth. More than 2,000 visitors went through very cold weather and lots of snow to attend the festival, which aimed at combating stereotypes and promoting positive inter-ethnic relations. In 2013 some of the festival films will be screened at schools, universities and in communities all over Kosovo. Read more



Libya – Tripoli Human Rights Film Festival

From 1-4 November 2012, the 1st Tripoli Human Rights Film Festival was held. Organised by the National Awareness Movement, the festival presented 8 human rights related films, subtitled or dubbed in Arabic. Film topics, e.g. the struggle for democracy, women empowerment and discrimination of minorities, were also discussed during panel debates. The festival received about 1,400 visitors and a lot of national and international media attention. After this successful 1st edition, the National Awareness Movement now plans to hold this festival in Tripoli and other Libyan cities on an annual basis. Read more

Niger - Caravan of Awareness of Human rights through Film Screenings

Following the 8-day film festival FIFIDHO in Niamey, between January and June 2013, a film caravan traveled to the rural populations of Tillabery in West Niger. FIFDHO selected two festival films from Niger for open-air screenings in 54 different villages. One film dealt with forced marriage, the other with rural exodus. Debates took place the following morning at the local chief’s house. Most of the villages have no electricity. Film screenings are rare and attraced a lot of attention. The screenings reached about 66.500 visitors. Read more

Pakistan – Awareness Raising Film sCREENINGS

To raise awareness about gender-based violence and reproductive health, film screenings, a workshop and several seminars were held in Pakistan’s Punjab Province. The Al Asar Development Organisation cooperated with five tribal councils and ten rural councils to organise these screenings, with an audience of over 3,800 people. Movies that Matter has assisted two earlier editions of this festival, that included separate screenings for men and women about these sensitive topics. The screenings took place in April and May 2013. Read more 


Bol (Speak) Festival is Pakistan's first human rights film festival devoted to the rights of minorities. The festival presents outstanding feature films, documentaries and short films covering the issues and rights of sexual and religious minorities. Bol Festival is organized by Neengar Society. It took place from 25-30 December 2012 in two indoor venues in Multan, in the province of Punjab. The festival presented Pakistani as well as international films. Read more

Philippines - Human Rights Cinema

To demand attention for the impact of human rights violations to women and children, the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance organised the traveling film festival Sine Karbengan (Human Rights Cinema). In November and December 2012, 26 films were screened at twelve educational institutions and three community centres in Northern Luzon, Philippines. A total of 7,850 people attended the screenings and more than 70 debates during this second edition of the festival. The third edition will be held in November and December 2013.

Philippines - Truth Cinema

Covering the period from the International Day to End Impunity (23 November) to the International Day of Human Rights (10 December), the Truth Cinema Film Festival traveled across Luzon Island and the Manila area. Screenings took place in schools and in poor urban and rural communities, reaching 4.400 visitors. Each of the 37 screenings was followed by an open forum discussion. The film programme included two documentaries specifically focused on the Ampatuan massacre of 2009, in which a renowned politician and at least 34 journalists were brutally murdered. Read more


Russia - Side by Side LGBT Film Festival

Russia - Side by Side LGBT Film Festival

Over the last year, Russia has witnessed legislative changes and an increasingly repressive climate restricting freedom of expression and LGBT rights. Despite the difficulties, in April 2013 Side by Side LGBT Festival was held in Moscow. The festival screened 19 films and reached 1,063 visitors. A newly launched project, “Film of the Month”, attracted another 4,120 online viewers. Further, Side By Side launched the project “LGBT Cinema in your Hometown” that invites local organisations to realise film screenings in their own cities. According to one of the visitors: “The LGBT community is really being repressed at the moment. People are frightened and it is important to be able to come to an event like this. To feel safe, to be able to explore ideas and most of all not feel bad about yourself.” Two previous projects of Side by Side were also supported by Movies that Matter. Read more

Sierra Leone - Opin Yu Yi

The Opin Yu Yi Festival, meaning ‘Open your eyes’ in Krio, was held in March 2013 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Having been through a brutal civil war, the festival aims to inspire individuals to understand, support and defend human rights principles by opening their eyes. The second edition of the festival reached 4,800 visitors with open-air community screenings and special screenings for targeted audiences, such as journalists and students. Due to high illiteracy, the film programme mainly consists of African centered films in (pigeon) English and Krio. Later in 2013, the team organised Waka Waka!, a traveling film festival to the Sierra Leonan hinterlands which reached 3,300 visitors, mainly young people. Read more

Uganda – Manya Human Rights International Film Festival

The third edition of the Manya Human Rights International Film Festival took place from 10-16 December 2012 and reached 6.129 visitors. With film screenings of 49 films in 40 video halls, the national theatre, as well as outdoors, the event targeted grassroot communities living in and around the Ugandan capital Kampala. Screenings were translated live to include the semiliterate and illiterate. The organisers’ main goal was to make people reflect on their own role and responsibility in protecting human rights. Side activities included workshops, 10 panel discussions and many performances. Read more

Ukraine – 9th Docudays Ua Traveling Film Festival

From October to December 2012, Docudays again toured around the country. This years programme was dedicated to the topic of threat of authoritarianism and dictatorship in Ukraine. The project included 33 documentaries, 1,240 screenings, 270 discussions and workshops and attracted a total of number of 112,360 visitors. The screenings took place in schools, universities, libraries, penitentiary institutions, cinemas and community centers all over the country. “Docudays UA for prisons”, a special section with films and discussions with human rights defenders, took place in 34 prisons and jails.

With the project the organisers contributed to an open dialogue on human rights and the mechanisms of human rights protection for local communities. Read more

Zimbabwe – International Images Film Festival for Women

Around the theme ‘Women Alive’ the International Images Film Festival (IIFF) was held in Zimbabwe. The screenings took place in November and December 2012 in Harare, Bulawayo and Binga. The theme celebrates the agency of women and recognizes the positive change that individual women can bring to their communities. A total of 84 films from 31 countries were screened, many of which were followed by debates. The festival attracted almost 4,000 visitors. The organisation Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe are currently organising the next edition of the IIFF, which will be held in late 2013. Read more

Selection committee

In 2012 the selection committee consisted of Isabel Arrate (coordinator IDFA Fund), Leon Willems (director Free Press Unlimited), Jannie Langbroek (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), Dorien Marres (Growth & Mobilisation Fund, Amnesty International) and Taco Ruighaver (director Movies that Matter).