Global Justice Cinema: Workshop on documentary film and world politics

24 - 26 March 2020
  • Starts at: 17:30h
  • Fee: 125 euro regular fee, 75 euro students fee
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut, VU Amsterdam & Movies that Matter festival
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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Activists and journalists use cameras to document human rights violations; teachers use documentaries to educate on international law and world politics and NGOs and international organisations use video as a highly effective communication tool. Film is a very powerful medium in the field of global justice. For the workshop Global Justice Cinema, VU Amsterdam and the Asser Institute - specialised in international law and justice - join forces with human rights film festival Movies that Matter. In this workshop, you will learn to critically view and assess global justice films. You will get familiar with film as a source of knowledge, as a powerful tool to create impact with, and as an object of critique.  Moreover, we will discuss the value of documentary films for education and communication purposes. The workshop Global Justice Cinema will give you the best of both worlds: you will get great lectures in film and international justice by professors at the Asser Institute. And you get to see the latest international rights films, plus the chance to meet filmmakers and activists at the Movies that Matter Festival, in The Hague, city of Peace and Justice.  

Provisional programme*

24 March
17:30h – Welcome and Introduction Dinner
19:00h – Film screening at Movies that Matter Festival 2020.

25 March
Lectures at Asser Institute (The Hague)
9:30h – History and theory of international justice cinema
13:00h – Lunch 
14:00h – Storytelling and formal techniques
15:30h – Film and Education

Movies that Matter Festival
18:00 – Dinner at festival venue
19:30 – Film screening

26 March
At festival venue (The Hague)
10:00 – Lecture on Communication and impact
12:00 – Lunch
14:00 – Meet and greet with filmmaker  
16:00 – Camera Justitia Masterclass
20:00 – Camera Justitia Night (optional)

*In February 2020, we will announce the workshop’s films and filmmakers.

Wouter Werner (Professor VU Amsterdam, specialised in documentary film and international law)
Sofia Stolk (researcher at T.M.C. Asser Instituut/coordinator Camera Justitia at Movies that Matter)
Francesco Ragazzi (filmmaker and Assistant Professor in International Relations at Leiden University).

For whom?
Film professionals, international law and justice experts, human rights activists, NGO staff, policymakers, Master and PhD students in film, media, art, (international) law, human rights and (international) politics. No specific background in both film and international justice is required.

The workshop is part of the annual Camera Justitia competition programme, at the Movies that Matter Festival on international law and social justice. Films that have previously been selected for the programme are e.g. Cold Case Hammerskjöld (Mads Brügger), The Trial of Ratko Mladic (Henry Singer and Rob Miller) Aus Dem Nichts(Fatih Akin) and The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)