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Movies that Matter Festival

Nagesprek met o.a. Ecuadoriaanse mensenrechtenactivist Paúl Jarrín Mosquera tijdens MTMF '23. Foto: Eelkje Colmjon
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The Movies that Matter Festival, one of the world's leading human rights film festivals, will take place this year from March 22 to March 30. Like every year, the halls of Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui will be on display for nine days with more than 90 films, programs and debates dedicated to human rights, social issues and committed film. This year, Turkey as a country is central: with turbulent elections and the devastating earthquake still in the back of our minds, the festival sees reason for a strong film programme, panels and exhibitions.

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The Movies that Matter Festival awards a total of nine awards in various competitions. Activist shows documentaries about the work and life of human rights defenders. Camera Justitia zooms in on the importance of the rule of law and the fight against impunity. The third competition program is Dutch Movies Matter, with Dutch feature films and documentaries that broaden the view of human rights.

Furthermore, international juries choose a winner for the Grand Jury Documentary and Grand Jury Fiction, the best documentary and fiction film respectively. The Students' Choice Award is chosen by a student jury from Leiden University. In addition, the Shorts Award will be presented this year for the best short film. All visitors can also vote for the films they have visited. The film with the highest score wins the Audience Award. New this year is the Education Award, the most educational film chosen by a jury of school and vocational students. 

The films in Take on Future show the dilemmas of the transition to a sustainable future. What is needed to accelerate this? Take on Love is a colorful, diverse and sparkling theme program about the right to be yourself and love who you want. Take on Power presents films about unequal power relations.

Unfortunately, this event has already taken place. A new date for the next edition is not yet communicated to us.

View all upcoming events in The Hague in the agenda overview

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