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BNNVARA Audience Award

Did you vote for all the films you saw at the festival so far? Hopefully you did! Maybe your favorite film will be the winner of the BNNVARA Audience Award 2018. We'll give you a heads up about the vote counting so far.

These are the intermediate results of the BNNVARA Audience Award:  

City of Joy - 4,805 
Jaha's Promise - 4,724
Watani: My Homeland - 4,667
Thank you for the Rain - 4,635
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower - 4,632 

On Saturday 31 March the BNNVARA Audience Award will be handed over to the winner during the Best of #MtMF18, after wich the winning film will be screened. The winning director will receive a prize of €5.000.

Naila and the Uprising

Naila and the Uprising tells the story of the first Palestinian intifada, and the key role women played in it. Central to the story is activist and feminist Naila Ayesh, who was imprisoned twice for her resistance to the Israeli rule of the occupied Palestinian territories. The women’s struggle to be free from occupation paralleled their fight against male domination. 

You can see the film on Tuesday March 27 16:45 hrs at Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal. 


At age 14, Amal is already taking part in protests on Cairo’s Tahrir Square. In the years after, she searches for her identity in a country in transition. Amal is 14 years old when she ends up on Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution, after the death of her boyfriend in the Port Said Stadium riot. During the protests, she is beaten by police and dragged across the square by her hair. 
You can see the film on Tuesday 27 March at 17:00 hrs at 
Theater aan het Spui, Grote Zaal.


The documentary Silas tells the story of Liberian grassroots activist Silas Siakor literally works day and night protecting the land rights of indigenous villagers. They are threatened by land grabbing multinationals, plundering the forests for the production of palm oil. Silas mobilizes the local population for a counter-offensive. ‘No more business as usual!’

You can still see the film on Tuesday 27 March at 21:15 hrs Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal and 
Wednesday 28 March at 14:45 hrs at Zaal 2, Filmhuis Den Haag.

Women of Venezuelan Chaos

Join us tonight at Tuesday 27 March 27 at 19:30 hrs at Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal for the celebration of 30 years Sakharov Prize with a special screening of the film 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. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with Leopoldo López Gil, father of political prisoner Leopoldo López, and filmmaker Margarita Cadenas.

Mr. Gay Syria

Syrian refugee Mahmoud Hassino organizes the very first Mr. Gay Syria contest in Istanbul. Hairdresser Husein is competing in the pageant, but is also leading a double life as a father and husband in a conservative Syrian family.

After the screening journalist Linda Polman will talk to activist Mahmoud Hassino and producer Ekin Çalışır about Mahmoud’s activism for Syrian LGBT’s.

Wednesday, 28 March 28 at 21:15 hrs, Theater aan het Spui Kleine Zaal.

Talk Show Statelessness

On Tuesday 27 March 27 at 20:30 hrs come to the cafe of Filmhuis Den Haag to the Talk Show Statelessness. Stateless people belong nowhere. According to the law, they do not exist. They have no nationality, and therefore no passport or identity papers. Without these documents, the things that most people take for granted, like renting an apartment, getting married, studying, taking out health insurance and working legally, are impossible. 

Music: Muji Roux

On Wednesday 28 March 28 at 22:30 hrs join us at Theater aan het Spui for the swinging beats of the local hip-hop/pop band Muji Roux. Their authentic songs contain raw bass lines and groovy rhythms. Although only recently established, Muji Roux has already created plenty of parties. Influenced by among others the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Arctic Monkeys, their music mixes hip-hop, reggae and funky sounds.

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