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Movies that Matter Festival announces titles and jury members

Afghan filmmaker Aboozar Amini and Tunisian Oscar-nominated director Kaouther Ben Hania join jury
Movies that Matter Festival announces titles and jury members

The 14th edition of the Movies that Matter Festival, the annual film festival with human rights at its core, has announced the titles for its seven competitions. The festival will present two international competitions: the Grand Jury Fiction Award and Grand Jury Documentary Award, featuring eight and nine films respectively selected from the full programme of the festival.

Two international juries will present the awards, which come with a prize of Euro 5,000, during the award ceremony set to staged on Wednesday April 13.

The Movies that Matter Festival 2022 will take place from April 8-16 in the Dutch city of The Hague, online and in cities across the country and will present a total of 85 films (64 feature-length films and 21 shorts), including nine world premieres, one international premiere and two European premieres.

Dutch actress Monique van de Ven is chair of the Grand Jury Fiction, and she will be joined by Afghan filmmaker Aboozar Amini (Kabul, City in the Wind) and Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin). Competing for the award are Venice winner Happening by Audrey Diwan; Nadav Lapid’s Ahed’s Knee; and A Hero by Aghar Farhadi, among others.

Heading the Grand Jury Documentary this year is head of social cinema platform Film for Kinema Ryan Harrington. He is joined by award-winning filmmaker Sahra Mani, who is also the main guest of the festival as part of its thematic programme ‘Take on Afghanistan’ and News Emmy, PGA and Peabody nominated producer Toni Kamau.

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