You are cordially invited to the special screening of Women of the Venezuelan Chaos at the Movies that Matter Festival. This special event is part of the celebration of 30 years of the Sakharov Prize by the European Parliament.
On Tuesday 27 March the Movies that Matter Festival screens the eye-opening documentary Women of the Venezuelan Chaos by Margarita Cadenas, which is followed by an extended panel discussion with Leopoldo López Gil, father of opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo López.
Women of the Venezuelan Chaos
The film is a portrait of Venezuela, a country in chaos, seen 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.
About the 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 in Venezuela. This year the Sakharov Prize celebrates its 30 year anniversary.
Democratic Opposition in Venezuela
For the last several years, Venezuela has been in crisis. Once the richest country in Latin America, its democratic institutions and its economy are now in shambles. At the same time, the number of political prisoners has amounted to more than six hundred. Among those imprisoned are prominent opposition leaders Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González. This evening is in support of the 2017 Sakharov Prize laureates, the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela and their fight for human rights.
During the extended panel discussion led by television presenter Aldith Hunkar, the human rights issues in Venezuela are discussed by, Leopoldo López Gil, father of political prisoner Leopoldo López, filmmaker Margarita Candenas, Dutch-Venezuelan political scientist Sasha Ojeda Mendoza and Latin America correspondent and expert Edwin Koopman.
Programme Tuesday 27 March
19:00 Doors open
19:30 Introduction and screening Women of the Venezuelan Chaos
21:00 Extended panel discussion
21.45 Live music by Gerardo Rosales Quartet