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

Activist Night

Fly So Far was awarded the Activist Documentary Award during the Activist Night on Tuesday 20 April. This film night is especially dedicated to the eight human rights defenders from Amnesty’s Activist program. Presenter Clarice Gargard welcomed Amnesty director Dagmar Oudshoorn and the jury of the Activist programme. Afterwards, the film Fly So Far was screened.

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 our main partner Amnesty International.


A La Calle

Insightful documentary chronicling the massive Venezuelan protests of 2017 and the contested presidential elections two years later. With a wide range of voices, from medical workers and a barber to opposition leaders and supporters of president Maduro. Telling a story playing out throughout the world today: that of au...

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Coded Bias

A deep dive into the way algorithms, artificial intelligence and Big Data increasingly govern our lives – and into ways to fight back. Coded Bias is a gripping wake-up call, starring some of the most inspiring and impressive scientists, activists and thinkers in the field. In just a short period of time, ‘Big Brother w...

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The Dissident

Thriller-like documentary investigating the career and ultimate murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, directed by Academy Award winner Bryan Fogel (Icarus). With unseen surveillance footage and other newly unearthed evidence. Featuring Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz, fellow-dissidents, and Turkish police office...

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Fly So Far

Inspiring portrait of Teodora del Carmen Vásquez from El Salvador. After her baby was born dead, she was convicted to thirty years imprisonment for aggravated homicide. In prison she finds out that she is not the only one. Together, the women decide to take a stand. ‘When a woman [in El Salvador] becomes pregnant, she ...

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Secretly filmed personal portrait of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. The fact that she is currently in prison for standing up for human and women’s rights, makes this documentary all the more urgent. A must-see masterclass in courage and optimism. Ever since Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi encourag...

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The People vs. Agent Orange

After decades of devastation caused by the poisonous herbicide Agent Orange, two heroic women are holding those responsible to account. Tran To Nga from Vietnam and Carol Van Strum from Oregon both seek justice after great personal loss. But their battle is a long, hard one, and not without danger. During the Vietnam w...

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Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Personal portrait of Seyran Ateş, a brave and inspiring woman working for the modernization of Islam. Although she is under great pressure and needs permanent police protection, her optimism and love overcome many obstacles. Her main message: Islam needs a sexual revolution. She is a bisexual Muslim, a feminist and a l...

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A Thousand Cuts

Portrait of independent Philippine news website Rappler and its brave founder, journalist Maria Ressa. And showing how the populist government of president Rodrigo Duterte uses a combination of tough talk, lies, oppression and entertainment to silence the truth. ‘Lies laced with anger and hate spread the fastest’, says...

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Cathy O'Neil

Mathematician for digital justice
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Hatice Cengiz & Omar Abdulaziz

Honouring Jamal Khashoggi’s legacy
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Lilian Tintori

Fighting for Venezuela’s future
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Maria Ressa

Holding the line of truth
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Nasrin Sotoudeh

Imprisoned but never silenced
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Seyran Ateş

Beating the patriarchy with love
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Teodora del Carmen Vásquez

Fighting strict abortion laws
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Tran To Nga

Taking Agent Orange to trial
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Cees Breederveld (Jury Chair)

Before he retired Cees Breederveld was director general (or Secretary General) of the Netherlands Red Cross for 9 years.As vice-chair he serves Amnesty International the Netherlands for over five years now.

Cara Mertes

Cara Mertes is part of the International Programs team, serving as project director for Moving Image Strategies. She works with Ford’s 10 regional offices to design and implement a range of visual storytelling approaches tied to the foundation’s international strategies.

Petra Stienen

Petra Stienen is an author, strategic advisor, leadership coach and moderator. One day a week she is senator for the social-liberal party D66. She is the delegation leader of the delegation of the Netherlands to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

Festus Toll

Festus Toll graduated from AKV | St. Joost and was nominated for the Pathé Tuschinski Award and the Special Jury Award at the Netherlands Film Festival 2017 for his graduation film 'We Will Maintain'. Festus often brings together moral questions and the search for identity in his films.

Shannon Service

Shannon Service is an independent reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared at the Toronto, Telluride and Berlinal International Film Festivals, Sundance, The New York Times and The Guardian. In 2019, her film Ghost Fleet won the Activist Documentary Award.