The 14th Movies that Matter Festival announces its selection

– This annual event, whose central concern is the question of human rights, has announced the program of its various competitions as well as the composition of the juries that will evaluate them

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Taking place from 8-16 April in the Dutch city of The Hague, as well as online and in cities across the country, the 14th edition of the Movies that Matter Festival has announced the titles in its seven competitions. With human rights at its core, the gathering will once again present two international competitions: the Grand Jury Fiction Award and Grand Jury Documentary Award, featuring eight and nine films, respectively, selected from the full film program of the festival. A total of 85 films – 64 feature-length ones and 21 shorts – including nine world premieres, one international premiere and two European premieres, will be screened.

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Starting with the Grand Jury Fiction Award, the international jury is headed up by Dutch actress Monique van de Venand she will be joined by Afghan filmmaker Aboozar Amini (Kabul, City in the Wind [+lire aussi :
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) and Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin [+lire aussi :
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). Competing for the award are The Accusation [+lire aussi :
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by Yvan Attal (France), Ahed’s Knee [+lire aussi :
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by Nadav Lapid (Israel/France/Germany), Ali & Ava [+lire aussi :
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by Clio Barnard (UK), Along the Way by Mijke de Jong (Netherlands), The Consequences [+lire aussi :
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by Claudia Pinto Emperador (Spain/Netherlands/Belgium), Erasing Frank [+lire aussi :
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by Gabor Fabricius (Hungarian), A Hero [+lire aussi :
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by Asghar Farhadi (Iran/France) and happening [+lire aussi :
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by Audrey Diwan (France).

As for the Grand Jury Documentary Award, the jury is chaired by Ryan Harringtonhead of the social-cinema platform Film for Kinema, and the other members are award-winning filmmaker Sahra Maniwho is also the main guest at the festival, as part of its thematic program Take on Afghanistan, and News Emmy-, PGA- and Peabody-nominated producer Toni Kamau. The selection includes Ascent by jessica kingdon (USA), EternalSpring by Jason Loftus (Canada), Myanmar Diaries [+lire aussi :
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by the Myanmar Film Collective (Netherlands/Myanmar/Norway), Navalny by Daniel Roher (USA, which is also the opening film of the festival), Nelly & Nadine [+lire aussi :
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by Magnus Gertten (Sweden/Belgium/Norway), The Territory by Alex Pritz (Brazil/Denmark/USA), The Therapy by Zvi Landsman (Israel, having its European premiere), We Don’t Talk [+lire aussi :
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by Marjolein Busstra (Netherlands, having its world premiere) and Writing With Fire by Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh (India).

Along with the two international jury competitions, the festival also presents three thematic competitions: the Activist Competition, featuring eight documentaries about the work of human rights activists; Camera Justitia, which zooms in on the importance of the rule of law and the fight against impunity; and Dutch Movies Matter, celebrating films from the Netherlands that open eyes to human rights. Seven international shorts will be going head to head in the Shorts Competition, and a student jury from Leiden University will pick their Students’ Choice.

The Movies that Matter Festival 2022 is made possible by the National Postcode Lottery, and partners such as Amnesty International, the ASN Foundation, Creative Europe – MEDIA, the Municipality of The Hague, Fonds 1818, Fonds 21, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Oak Foundation, vfonds, VEVAM and VSBfonds.

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