Competitions

Activist

Eight inspiring documentaries about the work of special activists from all over the world. Meet the activists at our festival, where they engage with the public and participate in an impact and networking programme.

Nominations

East Bloc Love

Sergey Yenin is a young, liberated homosexual activist from Belarus. He is no stranger to violence; his sexual orientation has had the police and the radical right coming after him more than once. When his partner is shot and killed, he embarks on his open fight for justice and equality. Sergey belongs to a g...

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Test voor AT 2

When 20-year-old Daniel is released on parole from a Polish youth detention centre, he bluffs his way into becoming the priest of a local church in a small village. Gradually, he wins the people’s confidence. Intriguing film about second chances and getting to terms with the past. The old v...

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Softie

Sick and tired of the corruption and tribal hatred in Kenyan politics, news photographer Boniface Mwangi decides to run for a seat in parliament. His wife Njeri is skeptical, especially when the family has to start fearing for its safety. Intimate portrait of a political dreamer on the campaign trail.

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Ximei

Intimate portrait of Chinese AIDS activist Liu Ximei, driven by compassion, optimism and an incredible fighting spirit. She is the voice of the many poor farmers who contracted AIDS from blood transfusions in the 1990s. Liu is strong, but can harassment, obstruction and her illness make her give up hope?

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Maxima

Brave and inspiring Peruvian shepherdess Máxima Acuña takes on a gold-mining giant wanting to remove her from her land. The odds are against her: the company has police backing, and very deep pockets indeed. But they soon find out that Máxima is a force to be reckoned with. The Yanacocha...

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Mrs F.

Nigerian theatre director Ifeoma Fafunwa descends on the floating slum of Makoko to stage her play about female oppression. Starring brave local women who slowly but surely work up the courage to speak the truth in front of their whole community. Powerful, inspiring and eye-opening. ‘Ladi...

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Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Mai Khoi is one of Vietnam’s biggest pop stars – and then she starts speaking her mind. While the authorities try to silence her, her activism reaches a worldwide audience. During the recording of her political album Dissent, she feels she may not be safe in Vietnam anymore. As the daug...

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Objector

Atalya is a 19-year-old faced with the biggest dilemma of her life: should she follow the order to enlist in the Israeli army? She doesn’t want to be complicit in the occupation of Palestinian land. But the pressure she faces – both from society and her family – is immense. Parasite, ...

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Infinite Race, The

They are called ‘those who run fast’: Mexico’s Rarámuri people are able to run incredibly long distances on end. But nowadays, ‘you have to run away before they kill you’. Threatened by drug cartels operating in their region, is it too dangerous for the famous Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon?

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Last Ice, The

Visually stunning portrait of two young Inuit, fighting for the survival of their culture. The melting ice of the Arctic rapidly diminishes their hunting grounds. At the same time, global business interests are preparing a Wild West of economic exploitation. Young Inuit man Aleqatsiaq partl...

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Novaya

Novaya Gazeta is one of the last independent newspapers in Russia, and that comes with its own consequences for the newsroom. Journalists receive threats, their phones are tapped, and they are obstructed at every turn. For eighteen months, filmmaker Askold Kurov follows the daily routine at the newsroom.

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It’s All Good

While the healthcare system in Venezuela comes crashing down, and millions of people flee the country, a doctor, a pharmacist, an activist and two cancer patients are trying to survive amidst the chaos. They face the daily dilemma of choosing to stay or flee. Activist

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Grit

Fifteen Indonesian villages are buried under a thick layer of grit, creating an ominous moon landscape. The villages were devastated by a huge mudslide as a result of gas drilling operations. After narrowly escaping the churning mudflow as a child,

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Unpaved Road to Peace

As teenagers, they decided to fight for FARC. Now that a peace agreement has been signed in Colombia, the children of Caldono return to their bombed village. The question is how the villagers will welcome them: with forgiveness or retaliation? Activist

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Facing the Dragon

Two women refuse to be silenced and underestimated in male-dominated Afghanistan. Nilofar Ibrahimi, one of the few female members of parliament, and journalist Shakila Ibrahimkhai...

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Everything Must Fall

Vivid reconstruction of the student protests at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. When the government decided to raise tuition fees in 2015, the students rose up, using the hashtag #FeesMustFall. Prominent protest leaders, including activist

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Ghost Fleet

Remarkable and beautifully shot documentary about modern slavery in Thailand. Thousands of men are forced to work day and night on fishing boats, unpaid, abused and often away from home for months or years. Activist

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Turkey on the Edge

A personal account from inside the Turkish pro-democracy movement. While Turkey steadily turns into an oppressive one-man rule, several human rights defenders courageously stand up for civil liberties and true democracy. In the words of filmmaker Imre Azem: ‘To rise above the dark clouds, we need two t...

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Naila and the Uprising

The story of the first Palestinian intifada, and the key role women played in it. Central to the story is activist and feminist Naila Ayesh, who was imprisoned twice for her resistance to the Israel...

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Piripkura

In this chronicle of an expedition, the Amazonian habitat of two of the last remaining nomadic Piripkura can only be protected if there is proof they are still living there. Jair Candor, coordinator...

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Silas

Liberian grassroots activist Silas Siakor literally works day and night protecting the land rights of indigenous villagers. They are threatened by land grabbing multinationals, plundering the fores...

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Mr. Gay Syria

Syrian refugee Mahmoud Hassino organizes the very first Mr. Gay Syria contest in Istanbul. Hairdresser Husein is competing in the pageant, but is also leading a double life as a father and husba...

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City of Joy

Inspiring documentary about Congolese women who turn pain into strength. In the ‘City of Joy’ in Bukavu, women and girls who were rape victims during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, learn to come to grips with their past, to love themselves again, and ultimately to become community ...

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Filmhuis in Gesprek: What Tomorrow Brings

Filmhuis in gesprek is the Filmhuis’s knowledge and networking platform for the education sector.This edition is presented in collaboration with Movies that Matter. The screening of What Tomorrow Brings is followed by a discussion with activist Razia Jan. I...

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Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

Stirring documentary about a group of teenagers from Hong Kong who challenge China during the Umbrella Revolution. As China slowly but surely restricts civil and political freedoms in Hong Kong, the people take to the streets in overwhelming numbers. Led by 17-year-old

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Dil Leyla

At the age of five, Leyla Imret escaped her native village of Cizre in Turkey, after her father, a Kurdish freedom fighter, was killed. Twenty years later, she returns to become the youngest mayor in the country. After having lived with her aunt in Germany for years, Leyla Imret grasps the op...

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Empty Room, The

A remarkable portrait of Saliha, whose son died after leaving Belgium to take up arms in Syria. Now his mother is committed to preventing more boys from walking that same path. In August 2013, Saliha's 19-year-old son Sabri decided overnight to leave his parental home to join ISIS in Syria. ...

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Disturbing the Peace

Since 2005, Israelis and Palestinians have been working for peace, side by side and non-violent, united as the Combatants for Peace. Aided by the support of archival material, filmmakers Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young tell the story of this assertive group. The Palestinians and Israelis who ...

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Tickling Giants

A comical documentary about the 'Egyptian Jon Stewart', Bassem Youssef. During the Arab Spring, he trades in his career as a doctor for a life as a talk show host. Soon he has his own late night show on Egyptian television. Youssef's fortunes and misfortunes appear to be very dependent on the quirks of the l...

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Feeling of Being Watched, The

While journalist Assia Boundaoui investigates the rumours about surveillance in her Arab district in Chicago, she discovers a huge, long-term counterterrorism investigation by the ...

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Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy

Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun serves as a mouthpiece for the victims of the violent reign of Hissein Habré, the former dictator of the African country Chad. He was sentenced to lifelong imprisonment in Senegal in May 2016 for crimes against humanity, rape, forced slavery and abduction.

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City 40

Hidden deep in the dark forests of the Russian Ural Mountains lies the forbidden city of Ozersk, also known as 'City 40'. Thousands of people live behind barbed wire, guarded by armed militia. They are the keepers of the nuclear shield, or so they have been told by the authorities. But they live in one of th...

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Kiki

The flamboyant 'vogueing' youth from the Kiki scene in New York turn this colourful documentary filled with feathers, wigs and glitters into a visual extravaganza. At the same time, it is painful to see how the LGBTQ youth is discriminated and rejected. Kiki is a subculture within the New Yor...

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Saudi Arabia: a Wind of Change

Saudi Arabia has one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Women in particular have hardly any rights. There is a strictly enforced segregation between the sexes; there are no entertainment venues and music is taboo. Yet these past years, albeit on a small scale, some progress has been made in the are...

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Kingdom of Shadows

The stories of an activist, a drug enforcement special agent and a former drugs smuggler blend together in Kingdom of Shadows. It creates an intriguing image of the human side of the ongoing Mexican drug crisis and clearly depicts how it could derail so dramatically. A kaleidoscopic and layered image of the ...

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No Rio e no Mar!

The beautiful island of Ilha de Maré in Brasil was once a rare habitat full of life. Now this little paradise is seriously threatened by the petrochemical industry. Fisherwomen Nega and Eliete, together with their attorney Marcos, stand up against pollution by the oil companies and the indifference of...

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7 Days in Syria

Harsh documentary in which Newsweek reporter Janine di Giovanni travels to Syria to witness how citizens live and survive in the war zone. Together with photojournalist Nicole Tung and a camera man she goes on a seven-day tour across the country to show not only the horrors of war, but also the strength and ...

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Good American, A

Remarkable documentary about ‘good American’ William ‘Bill’ Binney, a former high-ranking NSA analyst. Binney claims to have developed a programme that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks yet was discontinued by his employer in the spring of 2001. Binney is one of the first major wh...

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Hooligan Sparrow

Courageous documentary by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang. Armed with her camera, she follows a group of activists under the guidance of Ye Haiyan (Hooligan Sparrow) during their protests against impunity surrounding a sex scandal. Her critical attitude soon makes Sparrow an enemy of the state and the gov...

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They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile

Music is one of the most important forms of communication for the people of Mali. But music was banned when Jihad forces took control of the northern part of the country in 2012. Radio stations were destroyed and instruments banned, forcing Malian musicians to go into hiding or flee. Poignant report of their st...

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What Tomorrow Brings

In a remote, conservative village in Afghanistan independent Razia Jan sets up the first ever girls’ school. It gives the girls the opportunity to learn to read and write, and provides a safe environment in which they can dream of a better future. However, traditions, conservative family members and th...

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Chechnya, War Without Trace

A unique look at Chechnya’s remarkable transformation. This war-torn country has been replaced with a brand-new state where soaring skyscrapers and luxury malls have erased all traces of conflict. Behind the gleaming facade, the bereaved live in terror, oppression and uncertainty about the fate o...

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Borneo Case, The

Poignant documentary about how the world's oldest rainforest has been felled piece by piece to make way for dams and palm oil plantations. The filmmakers filmed the clearcutting over a period of 25 years and followed activist Mutang during that time. He grew up in the jungle and has campaigned for years agai...

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Free Voice of Egypt – Nawal El Saadawi, The

Portrait of Nawal el-Saadawi (83), who ranks among the most prominent and best-known feminists in the Arab world. Saadawi’s struggle against female genital mutilation, the rules relating to marriage in Islam, and Islamic fundamentalism got her into trouble at several occasions. Nawal el-Saadawi is one o...

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Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs And The New South Africa

Tribute to South African lawyer, writer and activist Albie Sachs who dedicated himself to the struggle against apartheid as early as the fifties. The military intelligence service placed a bomb in his car in 1988. While losing one arm and sight in one eye, he never relinquished his combativeness. Albie Sachs ...

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Sinner in Mecca, A

Filmmaker Parvez Sharma is a both a devout Muslim and gay. Can his religion accept him? Sharma searches for answers during a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, where homosexuals can be sentenced to death. A unique account of the bizarre world of pilgrimage. To fulfil his religious duty, Par...

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Cargo 200

Every day, Russian soldiers perish in the war in Ukraine – a war that has not officially been declared. Their bodies are secretly returned to Russia under the code name ‘cargo 200’. Instead of a hero’s funeral, an anonymous grave awaits them. The battlefield of the undeclared war in Uk...

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We Are The Giant

There have always been revolutions, as well as charismatic leaders who struggle against oppression and corruption. Some of them have iconic status, others remain in the background, but are no less important in inspiring change. Poignant stories of six citizens who stood up and are fighting for freedom and democracy....

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Our Terrible Country

Road movie about the friendship between Syrian writer and dissident Yassin al-Haj Saleh and young photographer Ziad Homsi. On their way to Raqqa, home base of the IS terrorist organisation, they film their ‘terrible’ country, torn by war and terror.As a young man, writer and human rights defender Yassin a...

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Supreme Price, The

Hafsat Abiola is the daughter of M.K.O. Abiola, who was elected president of Nigeria in 1993 and was deposed by the army. His wife, human rights defender Kudirat Abiola, was killed. Now, Hafsat walks in the footsteps of her parents to promote women’s rights and democracy in Nigeria. When M.K.O. Abiola w...

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Sound of Torture

Radio host Meron Estefanos uses her program Voices of Eritreans to offer help to hundreds of Eritrean hostages in the Egyptian Sinai desert. She fights for their liberation and also travels to the dangerous camps in Egypt. Swedish-Eritrean radio host Meron Estefanos produces her program Voices of Eri...

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#chicagoGirl – The Social Network Takes on a Dictator

The 19-year-old Ala’a Basatneh helps coordinate the Syrian revolution from a Chicago suburb, armed with all imaginable social networks. While the war rages, the question arises which is the most effective means to remove a dictator: social media or an AK-47? With 1,200 Facebook friends and 2,000 followers o...

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Everyday Rebellion

A kaleidoscopic look at alternative and creative forms of protest in the world, showing that nonviolent resistance is more effective than the violent version. Nonviolent resistance against regimes is more effective than violence. That is one of the scientific conclusions on which this kaleidoscopic look at alternati...

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Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

A portrait of the underground theater company Belarus Free Theatre, filmed before, during and after the disputed elections won by dictator Alexander Lukashenko. ‘Life under a dictatorship is very easy. There’s no need to make decisions, and there are no problems.’ Belarus is governed by Alex...

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Abominable Crime, The

Apart from offering sun, sea and white beaches, Jamaica is also a country where being gay is life-threatening. Maurice Tomlinson, one of Jamaica’s most prominent human rights defenders, and gay himself, is forced to flee to Canada after receiving death threats. When photos of his marriage with a Canadia...

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CITIZENFOUR

Academy Award winning documentary thriller about the meetings of filmmaker Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, where he gave them incriminating evidence of large-scale privacy violations by the NSA.Poitras previously directed the documentaries My...

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Disruption

Latin America is booming business. Yet millions of women there live in appalling poverty. A militant economist joins forces with influential female community members. Together they set up an innovative programme to put an end to economic inequalities. In the remote interior parts of Peru, Colombia an...

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Born This Way

Gay icon Lady Gaga is a role model for many gays and lesbians in Cameroon, but the tolerance the pop star sings about in her homonymous hit song is only a castle in the air for them. For young gays in Cameroon pop icons like Rihanna and Lady Gaga are just as popular as in the western world. Yet the t...

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Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Colorful documentary about the court case against three Russian punk chicks from the rock band Pussy Riot. Putin put them behind bars for three years because of an illegal appearance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Nadia, Masha and Katia were arrested by the Russian police in 2012 after their...

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Dirty Wars

A terrifying, revealing journey through the world of covert operations, which are lurking behind more than 10 years of the War on Terror. A depressing elegy that shows how this never-ending war continues to create its own enemies with hit lists that just get longer and longer. Our guide is investiga...

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Eufrosina’s Revolution

When Mexican Eufrosina cannot exercise her office after being elected mayor only because she is a woman, she goes to battle. Once a grassroots activist, she gradually develops into a fully fledged administrator. ‘Girl power’ movie from the remote mountain area of Oaxaca, Mexico. Eufrosina Cruz Men...

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Salma

Poignant portrait of well-known Indian Tamil poet Salma. She spent twenty-five years of her life behind closed doors, at first in her elderly home and later in that of her parents-in-law. A fate that is common to many Muslim women around the world. Salma fought back, however, and regained the freedom that had been t...

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Burden of Peace

Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, is engaged in a burdensome yet brave struggle for justice in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, where corruption and impunity are widespread. Will Claudia succeed in breaking the spiral of violence? A Dutch documentary maker fo...

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Russian Libertine

Portrait of Russian author and dissident Victor Erofeyev. He grew up as the son of a rich diplomat in the Soviet era, but renounced his origins and became a critic of the Russian state. Author Victor Erofeyev (1947) is one of the many critics of the Russian state, which would rather silence him. Yet he calls ...

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Forbidden Voices

Despite constant resistance, influential cyber feminists from Cuba, China and Iran keep blogging about the abuses in their countries. With indefatigable determination, they keep people around the world informed about the abuses taking place in their countries. On the Internet, their voices are skillfully shie...

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Reportero

On the road with experienced journalist Sergio Haro from the Mexican magazine Zeta. Risking his own life, the reporter of the Mexican weekly magazine tirelessly fights corruption and the drug cartels.The lives of the Zeta reporters are in danger, but they're committed to investigative journali...

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Even a Bird Needs a Nest

A group of women in post-communist Cambodia fight an uphill battle against eviction. The directors film everywhere from down in the mud to the upper echelons. And they keep a close track on the district Boeung Kak residents' struggle, while also letting Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and the opposition have their ...

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High Tech, Low Life

This documentary follows two bloggers on their journalistic road trips across China. They denounce social abuses using mobile phones, cameras and laptops, with the authorities constantly breathing down their neck. Young Chinese vegetable-seller Zola decides to start a second life as an underground re...

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Camp 14: Total Control Zone

The horrific account of Shin Dong-hyuk who grew up in a North Korean labor camp but escaped at the age of 23 to South Korea. Documentary images are interspersed with restrained animated scenes that reproduce events within the camp. ‘A human life in the camp was worth the same as that of a fly,’ sa...

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Square, The

Impressive documentary about the fighting spirit and passion of young revolutionaries in Egypt. Despite the fact that real democracy is yet to come, their mindset has profoundly changed. No longer unresisting victims, they stood up for their rights. Kaleidoscopic, intuitive experience from the beating heart of the r...

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Sons Of The Clouds

Actor Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Biutiful) strives to let the world know about the forgotten struggle of the native Sahrawi people in Western Sahara. One part of this community lives in exile in the desert, while the other part is oppressed by the Moroccan regime. After the decol...

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Call Me Kuchu

David Kato is one of the first declared homosexuals in Uganda, a country in which homosexuality is a criminal offence and the rights of the LGBT community are violated. Together with a group of like-minded people, Kato fights the violence against gays in his country, until fate strikes and a shockwave of disbelief s...

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Putin’s Kiss

Coming of age documentary about the dilemma facing Russian student Marsha. She belongs to Nashi, the patriotic youth movement in Russia, but liberal activist and blogger Oleg shakes her unswerving faith in the movement. Westerners may view Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an undemocratic tyrant...

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Sinners’ Disease

Filmmaker Jan Jaap Kuiper follows militant mother-to-be Sasha Volgina. This 31-year-old activist is one of the many HIV-positive Russians. Antiviral medicines are scarce in Russia, however, and without them Sasha’s child, too, could be infected at birth. More than one million Russians are HIV-positive, ...

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How To Start a Revolution

Portrait of engaging scientist Dr. Gene Sharp from Boston. When his handbook From Dictatorship to Democracy was published back in 1993, this political scientist could never have imagined what impact his ideas would have on modern history. The book has served as a guideline for peaceful resistance for nearly...

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One Day After Peace

This documentary shows a mother's emotional search for reconciliation with the Palestinian sniper who killed her son in an attack on a police post in the Israeli-occupied territories. She meets victims and perpetrators who found reconciliation, and finds out that people are capable of both atrocities and great thing...

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Dear Mandela

Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo live in the South African informal settlements around Kennedy Road, one of the many slums that the government plans to clear out and destroy. However, no plans have been made to provide alternative housing. The young South Africans will tolerate this situation no longer and rise up in revolt....

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Raising Resistance

The soil in Paraguay offers perfect growing conditions for soya beans. Thousands of acres of forest have been cleared to make room for vast plantations sprinkled liberally with pesticides. Small farmers are the victims of these practices. Led by the ever-friendly Geronimo, the campesinos rise up in protest....

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Zero Silence

Between November 2009 and June 2011, three filmmakers followed several young Arabs in their struggle for freedom of expression and democracy in Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon. They broke the silence and pursued peace through text, music, photography and film. Remaining silent is no longer an option for the young ...

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Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

A personal portrait of Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, who gained international acclaim for his ambitious postmodern works of art and his political provocations. Never Sorry follows three tumultuous years of his life. Ai Weiwei is China’s most prominent modern artist and an outspoken critic of the government...

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Silenced Voices – Tales of Sri Lankan Journalists in Exile

Journalists in Sri Lanka risk life and limb to practice their profession. Lasantha Wickrematunge was one of these champions. He was gunned down by eight men in broad daylight. Newly wed and freshly widowed, his wife Sonali Samarasinghe had to arrange her bridegroom’s funeral only a few days after the wedding. ...

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Sarabah

It is not easy for women to be successful in Senegal’s male-dominated rap scene. Sister Fa did it. Subjected to female genital mutilation as a child, the Queen of Hip Hop now campaigns to protect Senegalese girls from a similar fate. In...

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Small Act, A

A small act can have a major impact. When Hilde Back sponsored a Kenyan child, she did not expect to hear from him, but years later she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by Back, he himself now ...

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Cameroon: Coming Out of the Nkuta

Since 1972, homosexuality is liable to up to five years imprisonment in Cameroon. Human rights lawyer Alice Nkom considers this to be a violation of the constitution. With unflagging energy, she stands up for homosexuals in her country. Based on personal testimonies, Cameroon: Coming Out of the Nkuta...

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Unjust

Three men from three Asian countries: Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. A thorn in the authorities’ eye, they were assassinated by secret agents without any explanation, and the perpetrators are still at large. Unjust follows the three brave women that are left behind, among whom the widow of In...

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Jungle Radio, The

The Jungle Radio takes us deep into the jungle of Nicaragua, where feminist Yamileth Chavarría has launched a radio station with a unique mission: denouncing rife domestic violence against women and children. Having been threatened several times herself, she does not shrink from pillorying men that c...

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5 Broken Cameras

The major winner at IDFA 2011. Personal testimony from a Palestinian father who spent five years filming the peaceful protests of his fellow villagers against the construction of an Israeli barrier wall. Cameras break on a regular basis. Palestinian farm worker Emad Burnat lives with his wife and three childr...

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Russian Lessons

A personal investigation into the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008 by activist film makers Andrei Nekrasov en Olga Konskaya. They filmed at the front lines and compared their images with the official version put forward by the Russian authorities, which was swallowed by western media. After Rebellio...

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Nero’s Guests

Over the past ten years, more than 200,000 farmers in India have committed suicide, a tragedy that is caused by grinding poverty. But neither the authorities nor the media show any real interest. Nero’s Guests follows journalist Palagummi Sainath who is concerned about the fate of the poor farmers.

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To Shoot an Elephant

What is it like to live in the Gaza Strip, an area of about 140 square miles that is home to one and a half million Palestinians? Unemployment is high and almost half the population is under fourteen year. In 'To Shoot an Elephant' director Alberto Arce zooms in on life in Gaza, which is occupied by Israel. As a member...

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Song for Amine

Countless people have been subjected to forced disappearance since the early nineties, when Algeria waged war on radical Islam. According to official statistics published by the Algerian government 6,000 Algerians have ‘disappeared’ in the 1990s. Human rights organizations consider the actual number to be m...

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Budrus

Palestinian native Ayed Morrar brings members of Fatah and Hamas and Israeli citizens together in their peaceful struggle against the Israeli separation barrier, which is to be erected near his village Budrus. Without indulging in self-complacency or romanticizing peace, Budrus shows how successful the acti...

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Women in Shroud

Imagine a 21-year-old woman being forced into prostitution by her mother since she was nine years old, and frequently being raped by her brothers. What would be an appropriate punishment in a case like this? In Iran, the death penalty is applied. For the 21-year-old woman, that is. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979,...

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Redlight

According to estimates, one million children end up in the sex industry every year. Especially in Southeast Asia, the problem has taken on huge proportions. Redlight tells the personal stories of two young Cambodian victims of child traffic and two brave women who fight this form of child abuse: human rig...

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Women in White

From the moment he came to power in 1959, Fidel Castro led Cuba with an iron fist. A system of informants and secret police ensured that dissidents were given no chance to voice their views. When, in March 2003, all eyes were directed at the invasion of Iraq, seventy-five journalists, writers and human rights activists...

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Devil Operation, The

While filming protests of Peruvian farmers against an American mining corporation that pollutes their country, a documentary maker discovers evidence of foul play. The farmers receive support from local priest Marco Arana. The Devil Operation is nothing short of a political thriller. In the ...

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10 Conditions of Love, The

Rebiya Kadeer once embodied China’s economic success. Born to penniless parents, she worked her way up and became one of the ten richest people in China. The government honoured her at the International Women’s Conference that took place in Beijing in 1995. But besides being extremely successful, Rebiya is also ...

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Yes Men Fix the World, The

Two good-looking men in their forties, smartly dressed. As left-wing activists pretending to be spokesmen of large companies, they succeed in making headlines with a 'hoax' over and over again. For example, when on the BBC News they tell on behalf of Dow Chemical that compensation will finally be offered to the victims...

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Tibet in Song

Tibetans refer to their country as an 'ocean of music and dance'. As a consequence of Chinese rule, however, there are only a handful of musicians and music teachers left to pass the true sense of this expression on to the next generation. The traditional Tibetan music performed in 'Tibet in Song' sings about family va...

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Aung San Suu Kyi – Lady of No Fear

Portrait of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, who has led the non-violent human rights and democracy movement in Burma since 1988. The documentary Lady of No Fear zooms in on her personal life and the immense sacrifices she imposes upon herself to attain her goal. With her peaceful struggle for a...

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Sari Soldiers, The

When Devi, mother of a fifteen-year-old daughter, witnesses her niece being killed by the Royal Army of Nepal, she decides to speak out in public on this crime. In retaliation for her open-heartedness the army kidnaps her daughter. 'The Sari Soldiers' follows Devi on her quest to find her daughter and in her s...

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Suddenly, Last Winter

'Suddenly, Last Winter', an ironic documentary that won several prizes at international festivals, tells the story of Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, the directors of the film. Their lives are turned upside down when the Italian government introduces a bill to reinforce the legal status of gays and unmarried couples. Th...

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Activist Night 2019

The Activist programme features eight powerful documentaries on human rights defenders from all over the world. You can join these heroes at screenings, debates and Q&A sessions, and at the Activist Night on Wednesday 27 March.

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Activist Night

The Activist programme features eight powerful documentaries on human rights defenders from all over the world. You can join these heroes at screenings, debates and Q&A sessions, and at the Activist Night on Wednesday 28 March. On this special night the activist from the competiti...

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Award Ceremony & AMoA Sneak Preview

During the Award Ceremony the Students' Choice Award, MovieZone Award and the A Matter of ACT Golden Butterflies will be awarded followed by the A Matter of ACT Sneak Preview.

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At the Death House Door

Reverend Carroll J. Pickett is still surprised by the change of direction his life took. From 1982 to 1995, he accompanied almost 100 death row inmates to their lethal injections. When he first started preaching in prison, he didn't know that counseling people who were sentenced to death fell under his job description....

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