Film Opens Eyes
Movies that Matter (www.moviesthatmatter.nl) exhibits films that draw our attention to human rights and situations in which these are at stake. The foundation is based in Amsterdam and is an initiative of the Dutch section of Amnesty International. Movies that Matter's peak activity of the year is the annual Movies that Matter Festival (www.moviesthatmatterfestival.nl), an international human rights film and debate festival that takes place at the end of March in The Hague. The festival features two main programs; A Matter of ACT, a documentary film competition that pays tribute to brave activists who defend human rights on the frontline, while Camera Justitia deals with international justice and the worldwide struggle against impunity.
Along with the festival, Movies that Matter runs a number of other projects including the National film and debate programme in which every month, film theatres in ten Dutch cities host an impressive and eye-opening feature film or documentary. At the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Movies that Matter hosts a thematic afternoon in which human rights documentaries take center stage. Movies that Matter assists schools in the screening of human rights films, the biggest education event however is the All Rights Film Festival. As part of the International Programme, Movies that Matter promotes film screenings in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe and gives financial support and advice on how to organize screenings and festivals, for film screenings are a powerful instrument to further the dialogue on human rights, freedom and justice.
At VERZIO Movies that Matter presents prominent films from its 2010 festival: Last Train Home by Lixin Fan, the winner of the best feature — length documentary of IDFA, 2009; The Sari Soldiers by Julie Bridgham, featuring the Nepalese human rights defender Mandira Sharma, who received the Human Rights Watch Award in both 2006 and 2007; and Shout by Esther Gould and Sabine Lubbe Bakker, screened at the National film and debate program throughout The Netherlands in November, 2010.
Eye-opening films and people with ideals... Movies that Matter brings them together.
Movies that Matter Festival program coordinator
Lixin Fan / Canada & China / 2009 / 91'
One family's annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family across China for New Year celebrations. Best Documentary Feature at IDFA 2009.
producers: Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin
editor: Mary Stephens, Lixin Fan
camera: Shaoguang Sun, Lixin Fan
sound: Liming Fan
music: Olivier Alary
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Julie Bridgham / Nepal & USA / 2008 / 92'
Six women on opposing sides of the conflict in the midst of the King's crackdown on civil liberties in Nepal — a Maoist commander, A Royal Nepal Army officer, a monarchist, a human rights lawyer, and a pro-democracy activist. Nepal's future in the making.
producers: Julie Bridgham, Ramyata Limbu
editor: Mona Davis
camera: Julie Bridgham, Dinesh Deokota, Kumar Shrestha
music: Christopher James Thomas, Manose Newa
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Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Ester Gould / The Netherlands / 2009 / 74'
Two best friends, Ezat and Bayan, born in Golan Heights set out to study in Syria — across the UN-monitored no man's land, knowing they won't be able to return for the next year. A film about longing and belonging in one of the world's most persistent conflict zones.
producer: Pieter van Huystee
editor: Barbara Hin
camera: Gregor Meerman
sound: Tim van Peppen
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