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Cinema without Borders participants 2013
Sneak preview 2014

With the start of a fresh new year, Movies that Matter takes a sneak preview into what lies ahead. We also look back with gratitude at 2013.

We are grateful for working with so many motivated partner organisations and filmmakers. These people, making efforts, taking risks, with passion and persistance, are making a real difference. Thank you!

Movies that Matter wishes you all inspiration and strength in your endeavours to promote human rights in 2014.

Workshop programme on Mobile Cinema

In November 2013, Movies that Matter organised a workshop programme for five ambitious film festival organisers. The programme focused on mobile cinema. The participants - from Burma, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Colombia and Guatemala - shared experiences and ideas to professionalise and further develop their travelling film festivals. Also, they benefited from the expertise of several invited speakers.The programme took place during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) to enable participants to connect with relevant people from the film industry, including members of the Human Rights Film Network. During the workshop programme, the participants developed a short video with a few globally accepted 'basic rules' on how to set up a travelling human rights film festival.

Watch the video here
Where is the party?

Human rights film parties are everywhere. In 2013 Movies that Matter supported 26 film projects from all over the world. From Burma to Cuba, and from Serbia to Senegal, local organisations and filmmakers are screening hundreds of human rights films and documentaries, reaching almost 300,000 visitors. Some events have already taken place in 2013, but most are to take place in 2014. Go see it yourself!

Read more about all these film events
... in The Hague

In 2014, the Movies that Matter Festival will again take place in The Hague. It is the Netherlands' main platform for engaged cinema, with dozens of documentaries and movies of passionate filmmakers being screened.  The festival also features a photo gallery and music performances. The film and debate festival on human rights, peace and justice will be held from 20 to 26 March 2014.

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Human Rights @ NL Embassies

Over 30 Netherlands embassies worldwide joined Movies that Matter in the celebration of International Human Rights Day, by organising human rights film screenings and debates.

The movies that matter screened on 10 December 2013 were:
- Reportero, about the dangerous work of journalist Sergio Haro in Mexico;
- Call me Kuchu, about the LGBT-community in Uganda;
- Tall as the Baobab Tree, a feature film about child marriage in Senegal;
- Rafea: Solar Mama, about a Bedouin woman who is being trained as solar power engineer; and
- Forbidden Voices, about cyber activists in China, Iran and Cuba.

Movies that Matter is very pleased with the participation of the filmmakers and an overwhelming number of Netherlands embassies. We trust that this project helped spread awareness about various human rights topics and promoted the interest in human rights cinema worldwide.

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