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Dear Hilda Zandstra,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you, on behalf of our main partners Amnesty International and the National Postcode Lottery, to four festive film evenings at the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague.

The festival takes place from 20 to 28 March. Below you will find more information about these evenings. We kindly ask you to please let us know before Monday 2 March whether or not you will attend one of the events by clicking on the button below. 

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Opening Night

On Friday 20 March the festival opens with the world premiere of the documentary Lamentations of Judas by the Dutch director Boris Gerrets. Soldiers from Angola, known as ‘The Terrible Ones’, fought in the colonial wars of ‘white’ South Africa.

At the end of the 1980s they were repatriated to the desert town of Pomfret. When Gerrets travels to South Africa years later and asks a handful of remaining veterans about their role during the wars, he faces a wall of silence. He decides to give them a role in the story of the biblical character Judas Iscariot, the symbol of treason, so that they can get to terms with the past in a playful way.

Friday March 20 at 20:00 in Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal, The Hague

Activist Night

During the Activist Night on Tuesday 24 March, we pay homage - together with the new Amnesty director Dagmar Oudshoorn - to the eight activists from this year's Activist program. Jury chairman Nenita La Rose (chairman of the Dutch Women's Council and board member of Amnesty Netherlands) presents the Activist Documentary Award to the director of the winning film. The presentation is in the hands of Clarice Gargard.

After the award ceremony, a musical performance by the Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi will follow. She is featured in the documentary Mai Khoi & The Dissidents, which will be screened after the performance. The film shows how Mai Khoi increasingly speak out against the Vietnamese government.

Tuesday 24 March at 20:00 in Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal, The Hague

Dutch Movies Matter Night

The Dutch Movies Matter Night will take place on Wednesday 25 March. On this evening jury chairman Ido Abram, deputy director at Eye, presents the Dutch Movies Matter Award to the director of the winning film. In Dutch Movies Matter we show eight socially engaged films from the Netherlands.

This year the Dutch Movies Matter Night is all about 75 years of freedom. We are showing the documentary Allen Tegen Allen by Luuk Bouwman. This eye-opening documentary shows the origin of pre-war fascism in the Netherlands through unique archive footage. There is a debate prior to the screening.

Wednesday 25 March at 20:00 in Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal, The Hague

Camera Justitia Night

On Thursday 26 March you are welcome to attend the Camera Justitia Night, where jury chairman Hedy d’Ancona presents the Camera Justitia Award to the director of the winning film. This evening is dedicated to the protection of the rule of law and is presented by Bart Stapert, Chairman of Movies that Matter and Judge of the Court of Justice Den Bosch.

We show the documentary Advocate, about the passionate Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel, who has dedicated her professional life to the defense of Palestinians who oppose the Israeli occupation. Tsemel is often called "Devil's Lawyer" - a compliment to her.


Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in Theater aan het Spui Grote Zaal, The Hague

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This invitation is strictly personal. Registrations will be processed in order of arrival. You will receive the tickets by post. For more information: mail or call Hilda Zandstra, h.zandstra@moviesthatmatter.nl
020-2807600

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