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Invitation Camera Justitia
Movies that Matter Festival 2024
Invitation Camera Justitia Day

Dear reader,


The Movies that Matter Festival is a film festival on human rights and social justice in The Hague, the International City of Peace and Justice. Founded in 1995, the festival presents around 90 documentaries and fiction films anually, as well as various side programmes, talk shows and debates. The upcoming Movies that Matter Festival will take place from the 22nd until the 30th of March 2024.


The special programme Camera Justitia puts a spotlight on the relationship between global justice, international law and film. Together with the Asser Institute and VU Amsterdam, Movies that Matter presents the Camera Justitia Day on Thursday 28 March 2024 consisting of three parts: the Global Justice Cinema Seminar, the Masterclass and the Camera Justitia Night.

  Tickets are available now  
Global Justice Cinema Seminar

Documentary film is a very powerful medium in the field of global justice. It can document human rights violations, prove war crimes in court, or communicate a strong call for solidarity and action. But documentary filmmaking is never just a ‘neutral’ registration of reality. In two sessions, Professor Wouter Werner and Dr. Sofia Stolk (VU Amsterdam) invite you to explore the connection between justice, documentary film, truth and evidence with a focus on the films in the Camera Justitia competition. The seminar equips you to critically watch, assess, and discuss what these films communicate and how this is achieved.

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Camera Justitia Masterclass

The Camera Justitia Masterclass 2024 is delivered by Judge Hilary Charlesworth. Illustrated by film clips from this year’s Camera Justitia programme, Judge Charlesworth will speak with moderator Marieke de Hoon (University of Amsterdam) about her impressive career as international lawyer, her current work as a judge at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and her academic research. 


The Camera Justitia Masterclass is accessible for free for youth up to 30 years old. However, it is required to reserve a ticket in advance. 

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Camera Justitia Night

The Camera Justitia Night focuses on the many aspects and forms of justice. We will be screening the monumental documentary Soundtrack to a Coup d’Etat, directed by Johan Grimonprez.


Jazz, decolonization and human rights activism are intertwined in this historical rollercoaster that rewrites the Cold War episode where musicians Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach stormed the UN Security Council to protest against the murder of Patrice Lumumba.


Johan Grimonprez (1962, Belgium) is a renowned filmmaker, multimedia artist and curator. Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed work dances on the borders of practice and theory, art and cinema, documentary and fiction, demanding a double take on the part of the viewer. Informed by an archeology of present-day media, his work seeks out the tension between the intimate and the bigger picture of globalization.


Poet and spoken word artist Sydney Lowell will open the night by giving a performance with rhythmic poetry. The evening is hosted by Maral Khajeh, who will sit down with the director of the film, Johan Grimonprez, for an inspiring conversation about the film.


DJ Mo Wrights will play a jazz inspired set in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui before and after the programme.

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Tickets for the complete Camera Justice Day and single tickets for the Masterclass are now on sale. Single tickets for the Camera Justice Night go on sale 7 March. Please visit our website for more information.


We would really appreciate if you would share this message with your network. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions about the programme.


We hope we may welcome you at the Movies that Matter Festival 2024!


Best wishes,
The Movies that Matter team


The Movies that Matter Festival 2024 is made possible by main partner Nationale Postcode Loterij and partners Amnesty International, ASN Bank, CFAP,  Het Cultuurfonds, Creative Europe, Fonds 1818, Fonds 21, Gemeente Den Haag, HUMAN, Janivo, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, Nederlands Filmfonds, NPO, Oak Foundation, dagblad Trouw, de Versterking, vfonds, VEVAM and VSBfonds.


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