Human Rights Weekend 2016
The Power of One
Human Rights Watch presents in collaboration with De Balie the fourth edition of the Human Rights Weekend. The Weekend is filled with human rights films and debates with directors, Human Rights Watch experts, photographers and journalists. Topics such as refugees,
human rights and diplomacy, justice versus peace, Human Rights Watch and the media, and failed and fragile states will be discussed. The event will cover a broad geography, from Iran to Latin America and from Europe and the US to North Korea.
This year's theme is ‘The Power of One’, demonstrating the power of a single individual (for good or for evil) to impact people and events as well as provoke major change. The Weekend will be opened by Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
Partners: ASN Bank, De Balie, De Groene Amsterdammer, Stichting Vluchteling.
The official spoken language for all programs will be English.
FRIDAY 29 JANUARY - OPENING NIGHT
FILM: The Diplomat
The Diplomat tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spanned fifty years of American foreign policy - from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. The film’s 2015 release marks the 20th anniversary of Holbrooke’s crowning achievement: the Dayton Peace Accords which ended the war in Bosnia.
Speaker: Kenneth Roth (Executive Director at Human Rights Watch)
Moderator: Xandra Schutte (Editor-in-Chief at De Groene Amsterdammer)
SATURDAY 30 JANUARY
FILM: Cartel Land
With unprecedented access, Cartel Land is a harrowing look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy – the murderous Mexican drug cartels. Filmmaker Matthew Heineman embeds himself in the heart of darkness as the two groups and the cartel each vie to bring their own brutal brand of justice to a society where institutions have failed. Cartel Land is a chilling meditation on the breakdown of order and a devastating portrait of what can happen when citizens take the law into their own hands.
Speaker: José Miguel Vivanco (Americas Director at Human Rights Watch)
MASTERCLASS: The Unravelling
During this unique masterclass we will discuss the essentials of international crisis reporting, from on-the-ground investigation methods to techniques for ensuring stories reach the broadest audience possible. This program includes documentary footage from The Unravelling, a multimedia project about the war crimes and horrific bloodshed taking place in the previously little-known country of the Central African Republic, as well as discussions on how the project was produced and disseminated.
Speakers: Peter Bouckaert (Emergencies Director at Human Rights Watch) and Marcus Bleasdale (one of the world's leading photojournalists who has collaborated with Human Rights Watch for over a decade)
Moderator: Andrea Holley (Deputy Director Film Festivals at Human Rights Watch)
FILM: Life Is Sacred
Violence is part of everyday life in Colombia, but the unorthodox presidential candidate Antanas Mockus and his enthusiastic young activist supporters attempt to reverse this vicious cycle with an imaginative and positive election campaign. Can good ideas and an idealistic drive alone change a political culture where violence is rampant? This is the portrait of an inspiring man and a powerful youth movement, whose stories are relevant far beyond Colombia's borders.
Speakers: José Miguel Vivanco (Americas Director at Human Rights Watch); Andreas Dalsgaard (director of Life is Sacred).
Moderator: Hansje van der Zwaan-Plagman (senior adviseur duurzaamheidsbeleid bij ASN Bank).
MASTERCLASS: ‘Failed and Fragile States: Implications for Security and Human Rights’
We often hear about “failed” and “fragile” states--countries with little or no state capacity, where the government is embroiled in conflict, does not control parts of the country, or is unable carry out basic duties, like protecting its citizens. These contexts often create immense humanitarian disasters on the ground, but also contribute to regional and global political instability. Listen to our panelists discuss the situation in Somalia, where human rights abuses and instability are spreading throughout the region, and Libya, where instability reigns and an arms flow is now fueling regional conflicts. The consequences of failed states for Europe, and what Europe’s role should be in tackling these, will also be discussed.
Speakers: Peter Bouckaert (Emergencies Director at Human Rights Watch); Leslie Lefkow (Deputy Director Africa Division at Human Rights Watch)
Moderator: Sahar Yadegari (Program Manager at Adessium Foundation).
DISCUSSION: Justice versus Peace? Colombia’s Peace Talks and Accountability
After years of negotiations, September 2015 marked a breakthrough in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas. They reached an initial agreement over the controversial issue of prosecuting those guilty. This makes the prospects of a real peace deal, ending over fifty years of conflict, more likely than ever before. While those responsible for gross human rights abuses would be prosecuted, those who cooperate with the justice system will serve sentences under “special conditions,” which will not entail prison time. This expert discussion will explore the complex relationship between the reaching of a peace deal and justice for victims.
Speakers: José Miguel Vivanco (Americas Director at Human Rights Watch), Liesbeth Zegveld (HRW Netherlands Committee member and partner at Prakken d’Oliveira, a law firm specialized in accountability for human rights violations) and Fleur Ravensbergen (Assistant Director at the Dialogue Advisory Group)
Moderator: Doutje Lettinga (Analyst at Strategic Studies and Senior Human Rights Officer at Amnesty International Netherlands).
FILM: Among the Believers
Intimate and shocking, Among the Believers offers rare insights into the ideological battle shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world. The film follows two Pakistani adolescents who were both sent to attend the radical Red Mosque madrassah. Two years later, Pakistani adolescents Zarina and Talha are on different paths: Zarina has left the madrassah and now attends a secular school while trying to avoid early marriage, Talha, still a madrassah student, is detached from family and in preparation for jihad. Their stories personalize the global ideological war between radical and moderate Muslims.
Introduction by Betsy Udink (journalist and author)
Filmmakers Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi will join us on Skype for a Q&A
Moderator: Andrea Holley (Deputy Director Human Rights Watch Film Festival).
Everything You Need to Know about Human Rights: Exclusive Interview with Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch
Kenneth Roth has been Executive Director of Human Rights Watch since 1993. Under his leadership it has grown from a small American organisation into an international organisation with over 400 people working across the world. Roth travels the world confronting presidents, prime ministers and dictators about their human rights policies. In his keynote, Roth will reflect on the World Report, which will be released on 27 January. This report summarizes human rights practices of more than 90 countries around the globe. After the keynote, Max Christern, former journalist for the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad and currently owner and CEO at MOC Media, will interview Roth on the basis of short video sections and photos. Who is Kenneth Roth and what inspires him? What is his vision for Human Rights Watch? What does he see as the biggest challenges for human rights worldwide? And how has this changed since 20 years ago? Join us at this program to have your questions about human rights answered.
FILM: I am Sun Mu
After fleeing his native North Korea to defect to the south, the artist Sun Mu works under a defiant alias meaning ‘no boundaries’ to criticize the repressive regime of Kim Jong-un. A former propaganda artist, he subverts familiar images which once glorified the Supreme Leader, transforming them into satirical political pop art. Offered an unlikely solo exhibition in China, the anonymous artist prepares his show undercover, potentially risking his own freedom and safety to expose the truth through art. Introduction to the film by HRW.
SUNDAY 31 JANUARY
FILM: No Land’s Song
The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. They are no longer allowed to perform solo, unless to an exclusively female audience. Sara Najafi is determined to revive the female voice and courageously plans an evening of Iranian and French female soloists. For two-and-a-half years director Ayat Najafi follows the preparations between Tehran and Paris. Sara's regular meetings with the Ministry of Culture shed light on the system's logic and arbitrariness. Can intercultural solidarity and the revolutionary power of music triumph? A political thriller and a musical journey, No Land's Song never loses sight of its real center - the female voice.
Speaker: Ayat Najafi (director of No Land's Song).
Moderator: Dirk van der Straaten (Creative Director Movies that Matter).
MASTERCLASS: Desperate Journey: Europe's Refugee Crisis
More than 800,000 asylum seekers and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea in 2015, the vast majority from countries experiencing conflict, widespread violence and insecurity, or a highly repressive government. Human Rights Watch has covered the unfolding situation in multiple European countries using research teams that include photographers and videographers to capture conditions on the ground and convey the compelling individual stories inside this crisis. In this program, experts will share their insights and images and discuss how European Union governments can effectively respond to the refugee challenge in line with their legal responsibilities and stated values.
Speakers: Peter Bouckaert (Emergencies Director at Human Rights Watch), Zalmaï (award-winning photographer, part of the World Press Joop Swart Master Class, has collaborated with Human Rights Watch to cover Europe’s refugee crisis), Tineke Ceelen (Director of Stichting Vluchteling)
Moderator: Anna Timmerman (Netherlands Senior Director at Human Rights Watch)
FILM: At Home in the World
This film follows the story of young refugees at a Red Cross school in Denmark. As the students await their residence permits, teachers prepare them for integration into Danish society. We are introduced to the shy Magomed, a ten year old boy who fled from Chechnya, and follow his story and that of his classmates. Every classmate carries with them his or her own history of trauma. This beautiful and moving film gives viewers an insight into the experience of children integrating into a foreign society while simultaneously wrestling with the ordeals they experienced in their home country.
Speaker: Dorine Manson (Director at VluchtelingenWerk Nederland).
MASTERCLASS: Iran after the Lifting of Sanctions
A nuclear agreement with Iran was reached in July 2015. What will the lifting of sanctions mean for the country? What will it mean for the economic relation with Iran as well as the human rights situation? How much will this all affect the daily lives of Iranian citizens? And what are the consequences of this agreement for the EU’s relationship with Iran? Join this masterclass to hear experts give their vision of what the nuclear deal will mean for Iran, as well as the effects the deal will have on Iran’s relationship with the EU, regional neighbours and Iranians themselves.
Speakers: Peyman Jafari (Iran expert and lecturer at the University of Amsterdam), Marietje Schaake (with reservations, member of the European Parliament, D66). Carolien Roelants (Middle East columnist at NRC Handelsblad).
Moderator: Liba Beyer (Director of Public Advocacy & Outreach at Human Rights Watch) Liba will also speak about HRW’s campaign #Watch4Women of Iran.
FILM: Out to Win
In Out to Win gay and lesbian professional athletes discuss coming out, and the effect it had on their lives and sporting careers. The film offers an intimate look into the private lives of professional and aspiring athletes, showing the problems they are confronted with all over the world.
Speakers: Boris Dittrich (LGBT Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch), and Johan Kenkhuis (Olympic medal winning Dutch swimmer).