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Movies that Matter Festival

Movies that Matter wants to open eyes by offering a stage for poignant fiction films and revealing documentairies that stir debate about human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice.

Movies that Matter screens these films at schools, at the annual Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague and in the On Tour film theatres throughout The Netherlands. The organization also supports human rights film screenings in non-western countries.

The Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague is the international film and debate festival about peace and justice in the International City of Peace and Justice.

In Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui around 70 films will be screened, in combination with daily talk shows, music performances and expositions. Besides various theme-based & 'the best of' programmes, the festival presents three main programmes: (1) Amnesty International's Activist, a tribute to human rights advocates, (2) Camera Justitia - made possible by vfonds - features films dealing with law and justice and (3) Dutch Movies Matter, a programma that highlights human rights films made by Dutch filmmakers. The festival is a meeting place for the public and inspirational guests, including politicians, filmmakers and journalists.

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 Movies that Matter Festival
The Movies that Matter Festival is a film festival on human rights and justice in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. Annually, the festival presents 70 documentaries and fictions by inspired film makers as well as various side-programmes, talkshows, debates, exhibitions. The festivals presents six awards with a total amount of money price of € 16,000.
The Movies that Matter Festival has two main sections. A Matter of ACT , a film, network and competition programme is Amnesty International's main programme: it consists of ten recent, captivating documentaries about the life and work of human rights defenders and their brave fight against injustice and oppression. Camera Justitia, the other main programme of the festival, sheds light on the many angles of the human rights and justice theme, using films and debates on transitional justice, careful administration of national and international justice, the rule of law and the fight against impunity.  

The next edition of the festival will take place between 20-26 March 2014. For more information please visit

Movies that Matter Foundation
is an initiative of Amnesty International Netherlands. The foundation opens people’s eyes for human rights and social justice. It uses film to promote the human rights dialogue, influence the public opinion and encourage people to stand up for human rights.
Besides the festival Movies that Matter organises various other human rights film events and activities including:
- educational programmes at schools and film theatres
- International support and promotion of human rights film screenings
- a human rights film programme within the annual International Documentary Festival Amsterdam / IDFA
- Movies that Matter Tour: monthly human rights films programme in +/-15 Dutch theatres.


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Movies that Matter
African Films
Arabic Films
Art, Dance, Music
Art-house films
Asian Films
Black Culture Films
European Films
Human Rights
Latin American Films
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Price info: 
€ 8,50 / € 7,-
Opening hours: 
10.00 - 00.00 CET
Next Festival Dates: 
03/20/2014 - 03/26/2014
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Festival Director Name: 
Taco Ruighaver
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Taco Ruighaver
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Festival Press Contact Name: 
Marie-Pierre Furnee
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Festival Organization
Movies that Matter
Keizersgracht 177
fest adr2: 
PO box 1968
Zip code: 
1000 BZ
+31 20 7733621
+31 20 6240889

About Movies that Matter Festival

The Movies that Matter Festival is an international film- and debate festival which features more than 70 films, documentaries and short films about human rights.


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