Eight inspiring documentaries about the work of human rights activists from all over the world. Meet the activists during our festival, where they engage with the public and participate in an impact and networking programme to raise awareness of the film, expand their work and network.

Activist Outreach

With our Activist Outreach programme, we support film screenings in the activists’ home country to raise awareness of the film and their work. You can find more information and an overview of the projects we have supported here.

The Activist programme is organised in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nationale Postcode Loterij and Amnesty International.


Czeslaw Walek

Equal rights optimist
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Animates his fight
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Esty Shushan

Demands to be heard
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The Faceless Four

Hong Kong Freedom Fighters
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Meera Devi

Feminist truth hunter
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Memory Banda

Giving girls a choice
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Amazon defender
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Vivian Anderson

Fights for every black girl
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Abdoulaye Diallo

Abdoulaye Diallo is the co-founder and coordinator of the film festival on human rights and freedom of expression, Ciné Droit Libre. He is also a founding member and the current President of the Plateforme Culturelle du Burkina Faso (PCBF).

Celina Escher

Celina Escher is a Swiss-Salvadorean filmmaker based in Sweden. Last year she won the Activist Award for her documentary Fly So Far.

Gerard Steeghs

Gerard Steeghs is Director Multilateral Organisations and Human Rights at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Laura Wennekes

Laura Wennekes works as operational coordinator at PILP-NJCM, a human rights law firm specialising in strategic litigation for human rights in the Netherlands.

Tadeusz Strączek

Tadeusz Strączek is the director of the WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film International Film Festival organised since 2001 in Warsaw, Poland by the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.