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The Hague (Netherlands)

Movies that Matter screens and promotes films that draws our attention to human rights and situations in which these are at stake. The foundation's peak activity is the annual Movies that Matter Festival, taking place at the end of March in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. The Movies that Matter Festival is the Netherlands' main platform for engaged cinema, with over seventy documentaries and feature films of inspired filmmakers being screened every year.

The festival features three competitions; Activist, a documentary film competition that pays tribute to brave activists who defend human rights at the frontline organised in cooperation with Amnesty International, Camera Justitia, which deals with international justice and the worldwide fights against impunity and Dutch Movies Matter, a competition for films from Dutch filmmakers. Apart from the regular film programme, the festival hosts a large education programme at the festival welcoming around 10.000 pupils. Also, daily debates and discussions, music and exhibitions are organised. The audience is given ample opportunity to interact with international guests, including prominent human right defenders, politicians and filmmakers.

Along with the festival, Movies that Matter initiates a number of other projects including events, educational programmes and a growing number of international activities. It promotes human rights film screenings worldwide, offers advice and assistance and stimulates the exchange of knowledge and experience. Through its Support Programme it offers grants to support human rights film festivals and to help circulate and exhibit human rights films in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.

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