Movies that Matter Festival 2014Festivals / The Hague
March 20-26, Various times
About the Movies that Matter Festival
The Movies that Matter Festival is an annual event that focuses on issues of human rights, peace and justice through the use of cinema and an associated programme of debates, lectures and discussions.
Believing that the camera is a powerful tool against social injustice, Movies that Matter works to screen and recognise films that inspire viewers to confront contemporary societal problems with informed, passionate responses.
The festival features two main sections: A Matter of ACT featuring ten documentaries about human rights defenders in co-operation with Amnesty International, and the Camera Justitia programme, sponsored by vfonds, that includes films and debates about international legal dilemmas.
Not ending with the festival, Movies that Matter works to take the films on tour by offering screenings in various theatres both within the Netherlands and internationally, as part of a wider mission to educate and inform viewers about human rights concerns.
Movies that Matter 2014: Themes
This year's main programme theme is nuclear safety (Atomic).
Coinciding with the Nuclear Security Summit taking place in The Hague on March 24 and 25, the programme will feature five films, debates and a talk-show about topics such as uranium trading, preventing nuclear disasters and nuclear energy reliance.
Additional themes of the 2014 edition include globalisation (Greed), the right to self-determination (Colours) and the freedom to choose a partner (Love).
Thumb photo: Still from 'La Jaula de Oro', Diego Quemada-Diez, Opening Film 2014
› La Jaula de Oro | Diego Quemada-Diez
Director Diego Quemada-Diez will present his multiple award-winning film telling the tale of three teenagers struggling to migrate from Guatemala to Los Angeles through Mexico.
› Grand Central | Rebecca Zlotowski
This touching film tells the story of Gary, an uneducated man who takes a job at a nuclear power plant in France without understanding the health risks and consequences.
› Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case | Andreas Johnson
A self-reflective film in the Camera Justitia programme that portrays the now celebrity Chinese 'artivist' Ai Weiwei questioning the toll of his own work and methods.
› God Loves Uganda | Roger Ross Williams
This powerful documentary explores the evangelical campaign waged by America's Christian Right to infuse Ugandan society with strict biblical law, including severe homophobia.
› Fatal Assistance | Raoul Peck
Filmmaker Raoul Peck painfully reveals the negative effects of humanitarian aid received by Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in this personal account.