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Second Sex at Movies that Matter Festival 2018

From 23-31 the annual Movies that Matter Festival will take place in The Hague. For nine days Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui will offer stage to around seventy films about human rights and justice, in combination with follow-up talks and debates. On top of that, you can enjoy exhibitions, live music, good food and much more!

Every year we present a number of fixed program components, supplemented with varying themes. One of this year's theme programs is Second Sex. For the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, men and women have the same rights. But women worldwide are frequently subordinated, varying from sexual oppression in Iran to inequality in the labor market in the West. In Second Sex we will discuss the unequal treatment of men and women. Below we highlight two titles from this program, as well as one of the women's rights activists that will visit the festival. The complete film programme is online at the end of February.

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Jaha's Promise

Inspiring story of a brave woman’s fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM) in Gambia. When she was one week old, Jaha Dukureh’s clitoris was cut off. From the US, where she was forced to move at 15 to marry, she starts campaigning against FGM. But to really make a difference, she has to go back home.
Jaha will visit our festival as part of our annual Activist competition program.

Tehran Taboo

The lives of three strong-willed women and a young musician cross paths in Tehran’s schizophrenic society where sex, adultery, corruption, prostitution and drugs coexist with strict religious law. In this bustling modern metropolis, avoiding prohibition has become an everyday sport and breaking taboos can be a means of personal emancipation.

Numéro Une

Successful businesswoman Emmanuelle Blanchey gets the chance to apply for a position as first female CEO of a French company in the upper segment. Supported by a feminist lobby group, she takes on the challenge, but soon hits the glass ceiling in this male-dominated business community.


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