Embassy programme

To raise awareness and promote discussion on human rights, Movies that Matter organises a film project in cooperation with the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. All Dutch embassies are given a menu of films about human rights for screenings on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Movies that Matter creates a menu of five high-quality films about human rights. Embassies organise screenings of these films in the context of International Human Rights Day, including an introduction or debate about the films’ subject matters. They invite representatives from local businesses, the academic world and/or NGOs.


Embassy programme 2021


Fly So Far

Celina Escher, Documentary, 2020, 89 min.

Short synopsis
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.



Jeff Kaufman, Documentary, 2020, 91 min.

Short synopsis 
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.


Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Anabel Rodríguez Ríos, Documentary, 2020, 99 min. or 55 min.

Short synopsis 
Venezuelan politics mirrored in a small floating settlement in Lake Maracaibo. Tamara is a corrupt representative from the ruling socialist party, Natalie is the local school teacher and an opposition supporter. Filmed over the course of several years, featuring breath-taking images of the lake, the village and its resilient inhabitants.


Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Documentary, 2021, 81 min. or 55 min.  

Short synopsis
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.


A Thousand Cuts

Ramona Diaz, Documentary, 2020, 98 min. 

Short synopsis 
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.