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Zoom In, Zoom Out & Focus !

In this newsletter we proudly zoom in on parts of the programme of our upcoming Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague. To see the bigger picture, the festival films zoom out and focus on human rights and freedom of expression in different parts of the world.

Movies that Matter also supports film screenings about human rights in other parts of the world, especially in places where press freedom is at stake. In that respect, organisers of film festivals are warmly invited to submit their funding proposals.

Submit your festival proposal

Are you organising a film festival? Are you developing a mobile cinema project? Or do you arrange other types of film screenings to promote the discussion on human rights or social justice? And are you still looking for funding? Please submit your proposal before 1 May 2020.

Movies that Matter supports film screenings about human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. For more information about our two types of grants, selection criteria and how to apply, please check out our website.

Do you see the bigger picture?

At the Movies that Matter Festival great stories become intimate, and small histories become epic and rich. We are pleased to announce that the complete film programme of this year's festival is now online! From 20-28 March, a total of 24 fiction films, 42 documentaries, 4 VR films, 7 shorts and 1 interactive documentary are screened. Besides our regular venues Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui we will screen films in two new locations in The Hague: Theater Dakota and Pathé Buitenhof.

In cooperation with several partners including Close Up, Teledoc and Doc Society we organise several events for film professionals, including a session about safety and security of filmmakers, an event to boost the social impact of films, and several masterclasses. Check out our festival promo!

Celebrating activism

The Activist competition - with eight beautiful documentaries about the life and work of extraordinary human rights defenders - takes us across the globe. Activists are the ones who breathe life and freedom into societies. Coincidence or not, this year’s Activist programme consists almost entirely of women. We’re delighted to welcome all eight human rights defenders at the festival.

Read more about the Activist programme >

Outside the mainstream

We proudly present a retrospective of films by American filmmaker Roger Ross Williams.

"I always want to tell stories about experiences of people who feel outside of the mainstream," he said in an interview with Hazzlit. Besides his films Life, Animated and God Loves Uganda, we screen Williams' latest documentary The Apollo.

Read more about this retrospective >

Inky invitations

"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Does this sound familiar? These are the first 51 characters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The art initiative "Human Rights Tattoo" travels around the world to tattoo all 6,773 letters from the declaration onto the skins of 6,773 human beings. Everybody gets one letter. Every tattoo is a conversation starter, an ‘inky invitation’ to talk about human rights. Human Rights Tattoo travels to festivals and events worldwide. The project is more than halfway, with about 2,900 letters to go.

Is Human Rights Tattoo coming your way? Check it out! >

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