13 June

Now in Cinemas: Nice Ladies

With the recent escalation of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the seemingly unbreakable bond of a vibrant cheerleading team of 50+ year old women called “Nice Ladies” is challenged. They face impossible choices between motherland and grandmotherhood, between staying and leaving. Core team member Sveta flees with her family to the Netherlands, while captain Valia and...

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20 June

Now in Cinemas: The Border Crossed Us

Intimate, meditative and suspenseful look inside the fight against human traffickers in de border region between Texas and Mexico. Local US police are entangled in a seemingly never-ending cat-and-mouse game. As one of them says: ‘The impact of stopping somebody makes you doubt sometimes: is this all working?’  While a big white surveillance blimp constantly...

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27 June

Now in Cinemas: Explanation for Everything

Lightly stinging Hungarian social satire in which a slacking high school student becomes a hero of the extreme right. 18-year-old Abel’s failed his history exam turns into a culture war, spurred on by bad faith tabloids.   It’s summer in Budapest. High school student Abel is struggling to focus on his final exams, whilst coming...

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4 July

Now in Cinemas: The Monk and the Gun

Uplifting satirical comedy set around Bhutan’s first ever democratic elections. An American travels into Bhutan in search of a treasure. He crosses paths with a young monk, ordered by his teacher to find two guns. Beautifully made, with striking cinematography of the magnificent Himalaya. ‘Elections? It that the new pig’s disease?’ asks a young Buddhist...

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14 August to 25 August

Roffa Mon Amour Film Festival 2024

The twelfth edition of open-air film festival Roffa Mon Amour takes place from 14 to 25 August in the Brutus sculpture garden in Rotterdam West. Among giant artworks by the Atelier van Lieshout, you will discover films from all over the world under the stars. The festival presents the latest, striking films and classics you...

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17 October

Now in Cinemas: Crossing

Retired Georgian teacher Lia travels to Istanbul in search of her estranged niece Tekla. She is accompanied by her young neighbour Achi. Roaming the Istanbul streets, they meet many outsiders in this daring and touching trans drama. Lia, a retired teacher, has made a promise to find out what happened to her long lost niece,...

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21 November

Now in Cinemas: Soundtrack to a Coup D’Etat

Patrice Lumumba became the first prime minister of newly independent Congo in 1960, only to be executed the following year. He had become the personification the growing Pan-African movement, which threatened Western hegemony on the African continent. Against this background, jazz music became a political tool. Patrice Lumumba had alarmed Belgium and the United States...

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21 March to 29 March

Movies that Matter Festival 2025

The next Movies that Matter Festival will take place from 21 to 29 March 2025 in The Hague and various satellite cities. What can you expect at our festival? A selection of around 90 human rights films: from short films to feature-length, from fiction to documentaries. In-depth programmes on human rights with activists, filmmakers, and...

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