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A Woman's World

100 years ago many women in the world got the right to vote. From Afghanistan and Azerbaijan to Sweden and the UK, these developments were promising! Yet progress is slow; the uncomfortable truth is that for many women equal rights never became more than a pipe dream. International Women’s Day - 8 March - offers a good opportunity to put (the rights of) women in the spotlight. From 22-30 March the Movies that Matter Festival also presents some beautiful films about powerful, courageous and resilient women.


In the festival section FemmeTastic, Movies that Matter screens three recent fiction films on women’s rights. In this programme, women are not passive victims, but oppose the visible and hidden deprivation and oppression. FemmeTastic takes us from a story about a female undercover agent in New Delhi (in Soni) and a powerful portrait about Swedish minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (in The Feminister), to the courageous battle of a female football player against the patriarchal Iranian system (Cold Sweat).

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But there is more to see. Besides colourful opening film Goldie, we screen Rafiki, a story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young and adventurous Kenyan women. The documentary Facing the Dragon follows two women, a journalist and a member of parliament, who refuse to be silenced in male-dominated Afghanistan. We are also proud to present the beautiful fiction film Dirty God, a portrait of a woman with incredible resilience after an acid attack ruined her body.

Check out the entire festival programme

Set up your own film screening

8 March is International Women’s Day. Should you be interested in organising a film screening yourself, please dive into our online database. It contains over 1000 titles of ‘films that open eyes’. Click on ‘credits’ for contact info of the right holders. You can choose your preferred year of production, duration, spoken language or human rights theme (e.g. ‘women & gender’). Movies that Matter does not have any rights of the films, but we are always pleased to provide advice and assistance.


In the Activist competition programme we show eight special documentaries about human rights defenders. The films provide impressive insights into the life and work of human rights defenders worldwide as well as the increasingly harsh conditions and threats they face. Films in the programme include Está todo bien, a distressing documentary about the healthcare crisis in Venezuela; Everything Must Fall, a vivid reconstruction of the student protests in Johannesburg; and Grit, about Indonesian activist Dian Maharani, who fights for justice and compensation after gas drilling operations destroyed her village. We are delighted that activists featured in all films and nearly all directors will attend our festival!


One of our jury members this year is Oksana Sarkisova, director of Verzió International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. This largest annual documentary film festival in Hungary will celebrate its 16th edition. Verzió aims to engage the broader public in the discussion on human rights, and supports critical thinking and media literacy through various education activities. The bilingual festival, which always takes place in November, contributes to the documentary film industry by organizing workshops and master classes led by world-renowned professionals. Their Call for Submissions is now open. The deadline for International Competition is 31 May 2019.

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