Documentary film is a very powerful medium in the field of global justice. It can document human rights violations, uncover abuses of power, communicate a strong message of solidarity and call for action. Documentary filmmaking, however, is never just a ‘neutral’ registration of reality.
The Global Justice Cinema workshop challenges participant to critically watch, assess and discuss what these films communicate and how this is achieved. You will do this in a truly unique setting. For this workshop, the Asser Institute and VU Amsterdam annually join forces with human rights film festival Movies that Matter.
The workshop offers the best of both worlds: you will get great lectures in film and international justice by professors at the Asser Institute and VU. And you get to see the latest international rights films, plus the chance to meet filmmakers and activists at the online Movies that Matter Festival.
The workshop is connected to the Camera Justitia programme on law and justice at the Movies that Matter Festival.
The entire program (including film screenings) takes place online.
For whom? No specific background in film and/or international justice is required. We welcome professionals and students in the areas of e.g. film, international law, human rights, communication, media, art, and international politics.
In the workshop, we will watch and discuss two remarkable films from the Camera Justitia selection:
Colombia in My Arms (Jenni Kivisto, Jussi Rastas) is a visually strong documentary about Colombia after the peace agreement between the government and the FARC guerrillas.
President (Camilla Nielsson) is a riveting account of the Zimbabwean 2018 presidential elections from inside the campaign of opposition candidate Nelson Chamisa – and its unbelievable aftermath.
When: 22 & 23 April 2021
Fee: Regular fee: €125, Student fee: €75