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Screening of the documentary Movies that Matter ‘Nasrin’ for International Human Rights Day | Information

News article | 12-15-2021 | 06:32

December 10 was International Human Rights Day. As human rights are the cornerstone of Dutch foreign policy, this is a very important day for us.

The Netherlands has different priorities in their human rights policy, among which are freedom of speech and freedom of the press, equal rights for women and girls and the protection of human rights defenders and the civic space.

To raise awareness of human rights, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Singapore, in collaboration with Movies that Matter, organized a one-night screening of the documentary Nasrin on December 14, 2021.

About 70 guests attended the screening in ‘The Green Room’ at independent cinema ‘The Projector’. HE Ambassador Margriet Vonno, along with Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross, director and producer of Nasrin, pre-recorded welcoming messages for the captive audience.

About the documentary

Nasrin, a secretly filmed personal portrait of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, addresses in particular one of the priorities of Dutch human rights policy; the protection of human rights and civic space defenders. Nasrin paints a portrait of her work and life, until her second incarceration in 2018, and of the broader Iranian women’s rights movement. The fact that Nasrin Sotoudeh is currently in prison for defending human and women’s rights makes this documentary all the more urgent.

2020 has been a difficult year for human rights defenders and civil society around the world. Human rights defenders and civil society organizations play a crucial role in realizing human rights and in consolidating the social contract between citizens and the state. It is therefore extremely alarming that human rights defenders are increasingly under attack.

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About the movies that matter

Movies that Matter’s mission is to open people’s eyes to human rights through cinema. Every year, Movies that Matter offers all diplomatic missions of the Kingdom of the Netherlands the possibility of organizing physical film screenings around International Human Rights Day.

What better way to raise awareness of human rights than through films and documentaries? Movies that Matter believes that the camera is a powerful weapon against social indifference. With its unprecedented ability to open eyes, cinema is a great way to spark debate and promote human rights.

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Dutch human rights policy

Human rights are rights that apply around the world, to everyone, everywhere and at all times. They are the foundations of a democracy in which everyone counts. The Netherlands strives to protect and promote human rights around the world.

However, change is difficult to achieve and these efforts do not always lead to immediate or tangible results. It is precisely for this reason that it is vital that we continue to stress the importance of human rights for all, and even the small steps we take in the right direction will have an impact.

Click here for more information on Dutch human rights policy.