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Movies that Matter is a foundation and initiative of Amnesty International. Movies that Matter (MTM) uses movies and documentaries:

  • to make people aware of human rights and situations where human rights are at stake / risk
  • to stimulate discussion about (the importance of) human rights, to let people (re)commit themselves to human rights and in that way influence public opinion towards human rights in a positive way.

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.


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Movies and documentaries Leiden, February 2017 - May 2017


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.


The Islands and the Whales

Director: Mike Day

United Kingdom, Denmark, 2016

Documentary, 84 min

Language: Danish, Faroese and EnglishEnglish subtitles


  • Emerging International Filmmaker Award - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
At once intriguing and intimate documentary. The Faroe Islands, positioned between Norway and Iceland, are home to some 49,000 people, making them the 21st smallest nation on Earth. There is a lack of arable land. For centuries one of the Faeroes' mainstays was whaling and hunting birds. The Faroes believe that hunting is vital to their way of life and culture.
But a local, internationally respected toxicologist makes a grim discovery. The meat of the whales, main dish for Faroese breakfast, lunch and dinner, contains high levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (pcb), although there are no industrial plants around. These toxic ingredients are now building up in the islanders' blood. They cause permanent cognitive impairment to children exposed to them in the womb, and may be linked to the islands’ high rate of Parkinson’s Disease.
Also, puffin meat, once a staple, is now off the menu because the population has collapsed so badly. There are no plankton so the base of the food chain has been swept away. Even the stomachs of gannets, birds that the islanders also use as food, are now full of plastic.
Fate forces the Faroese to change their way of live very rapidly. But no one seems quite ready for this. And even if they were: what's the economic alternative?
The Islands and the Whales addresses the topic of global ecological disbalance and the need to adapt our ways of life on a global level. At the same time it makes clear how difficult that is and sometimes very invasive.The Islands and the Whales does not provide answers but aims at raising awareness and offers an opportunity to develop questions.

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


Noces [Wedding] 

Director: Stephan Streker

Belgium, France, 2016

Fiction, 95 min

Language: French, Urdu, English subtitles


  • Prix Cinévox Best Movie at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur 2016
  • Valois Award Best Actress and Best Actor at the Festival du Film Francophone d'Angoulêm 2016

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.


A Good Wife

Director: Mirjana Karanovic

Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, 2016

Fiction, 90 min.

Language: Serbian, English subtitles


  • Jury Prize Best Actress FEST International Film Festival 2016
  • FIPRESCI Prize Motovun Film Festival 2016
In an upper-class suburban neighbourhood of Belgrade, the well to do fifty-year-old Milena lovingly fulfils her role as a traditional mother and wife. While her husband is not a very tender man, he is neither an alcoholic nor a womanizer, as is the case with her friends’ husbands. Moreover, he has a well-paid job to cater for the needs of Milena and their children. Milena's carefree life is shattered when she discovers a dark secret about her husband's past and simultaneously finds out she has fallen ill.

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.


After the screening Koen Kluessien (1991) will be interviewed about topics addressed by the movie and answer questions from the audience. Kluessien works as a historian for the NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. During his studies he specialized in transitional justice and genocide denial in Bosnia and Serbia.



Monday 8 May 2017, 19.00 hrs.


Raving Iran

Director: Susanne Regina Meures

Switzerland, 2016

Documentary, 85 minutes

Language: Farsi, English, English subtitles


  • Best documentary - Filmfestival Kitzbuehel 2016

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.