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Logo Movies that Matter 23-31 March
in The Hague
Camera Justitia

From 23-31 March 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.

The Camera Justitia program focuses on the bright but also the darker sides of law and justice. Four documentaries, four fiction films andÔÇ»over thirty filmmakers and experts shed light on judicial dilemmas and the challenges of (international) legal systems. 

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The Camera Justitia fiction films show that the law affects everyone single of us. How do individuals cope with flawed legal systems and feelings of injustice? In Aus Dem Nichts, Katja’s search for justice starts when her husband and son are killed in a bomb attack. Can a trial in court ease the pain? The Third Murder sheds light on the complexity of words as ‘truth’ and ‘justice’, when a straightforward Japanese murder case gets more and more complicated. In Beauty and the Dogs, a party in Tunis is the beginning of a nightmare for Mariam, who has to fight a corrupt system to secure her rights and dignity. The shimmering after-math of the military dictatorship in Chili unsettles Mariana’s already complicated life in Los Perros


The search for truth is central in the four Camera Justitia documentaries. Truth Detectives introduces new technologies that are used in Ukraine, Colombia, Israel, Syria and Mali to find evidence of gross human rights violations. In So Help Me God, we closely follow magistrate Anne Gruwez, who has a unique style of uncovering the truth about small and large criminal acts in Brussels. Armed to the Teeth focuses on the personal search for truth of the families of Jorge and Javier, two innocent students who become the victims of military violence. In The Congo Tribunal, Swiss director Milo Rau stages a fictive court case with real testimonies, real victims and real lawyers to find the truth about the root causes of the protracted conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Camera Justitia Night

On Thursday 29 March at 20.00h Chairman of the Movies that Matter Foundation Bart Stapert hosts the special Camera Justitia Night. The international jury will present the Camera Justitia Award to the director of the winning film. After the ceremony, Pieter van Huis will speak about citizen journalism and we will screen the documentary Truth Detectives, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers Anja Reiss and Brigitta Schübeler.

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On Thursday 29 March at 16:00h, Kathryne Bomberger, Director-General van de International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), will deliver the annual Camera Justitia Masterclass. She will talk about the work of the ICMP, illustrated by excerpts from the films Truth Detectives and Armed to the Teeth. Discussion topics include the rights of families of the missing, new technologies for finding and identifying missing persons, the cooperation with governments and the empowerment of civil society organisations. The Masterclass takes place in the Foyer of Theater aan het Spui, and is free of charge.

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The Camera Justitia Golden Butterfly is awarded by the international jury: Anne Marie Stordiau (Counsellor for Justice and Security, Dutch Embassy in London), Caroline Fournet (Professor comparative criminal law and international justice, University of Groningen), Jenny Hellmann (winner Camera Justitia Award 2017), Necati Sönmez (film critic, filmmaker and founder Documentarist Istanbul Documentary Days), Matt Cannock (head of Amnesty International's Centre for International Justice).  

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