Movies that Matter is a foundation and initiative of Amnesty International. Movies that Matter (MTM) uses movies and documentaries:
Apart from the annual Movies that Matter Festival in march in and around Filmhuis Den Haag (The Hague), the foundation organizes monthly screenings, with an interview or debate afterwards with diverse guests: Movies That Matter on Tour. The audience has the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the debate. Movies That Matter on Tour is organized in cooperation with movie theaters and local partners in nineteen Dutch cities.
All movies are screened at Kijkhuis (Vrouwenkerksteeg 10).
Entrance: 9 euro, students with collegekaart [proof of being student]: 7 euro. If you own a Cineville card: free entrance.
Monday 13 February 2017, 19.00 hrs.
Director: Mike Day
United Kingdom, Denmark, 2016
Documentary, 84 min
Language: Danish, Faroese and English, English subtitles
Scottish documentary maker Mike Day spent four years with the Faroese and was able to win their trust. In 2011 Day already produced the documentary The Guga Hunters of Ness, which followed British seabirdhunters. The screening at 13 February is a preview. The official release of the documentary in the Netherlands will be 30 March.
Monday 13 March 2017, 19.00 hrs
Director: Stephan Streker
Belgium, France, 2016
Fiction, 95 min
Language: French, Urdu, English subtitles
Cheerful and bright Pakistani-Belgian Zahira has fun with her friends, attends high school and has a boyfriend. She has close family ties. Her father owns a shop, Zahira's elder brother Amir assists him part of the time. Her younger sister Amara is another presence in the house. All is well until Zahira finds out she is pregnant. On top of that her parents want to marry her off. Zahira's elder sister Hina ended happily married in Barcelona this way. Zahira is given the opportunity to choose between three candidates, who she may get to know by way of Skype, due to their residing in Pakistan. All this puts a lot of pressure on the family. Based on a true story.
Monday 10 April 2017, 19.00 hrs.
Director: Mirjana Karanovic
Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, 2016
Fiction, 90 min.
Language: Serbian, English subtitles
A Good Wife is the debut film of much-acclaimed Serbian actrice Mirjana Karanović, who won the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival for her role in Grbavica and was nominated for an Oscar for the same film. Apart from directing the film, Karanović also plays the title role of ‘good wife’ Milena.
Mirjana Karanović’ is also a human rights defender, which earned her the Serbian Winning Freedom Award, a prize for women who promote human rights, the rule of law, democracy and tolerance.
Monday 8 May 2017, 19.00 hrs.
Director: Susanne Regina Meures
Documentary, 85 minutes
Language: Farsi, English, English subtitles
Arash and Anoosh dream of careers as Techno DJ's, but in Iran this is fairly impossible. So they play at underground parties and try to sell their record without the government's permission. After one of them is arrested, their dream seems to evaporate. Then an invitation to perform at a well-known dance festival in Switzerland opens a door to new possibilities.