Movies That Matter

Ideation Sessions with Activists

Watch the top activist films of the year and brainstorm solutions together with the directors and activists.

•  Coming Soon in March 2022

The next Movies That Matter Ideation Session will take place in spring 2022.

•  Activism Meets The Actors

Director and activist Assia Boundaoui in discussion about her film ‘The Feeling of Being Watched’ and the intrusive anti-radicalization policies of the FBI.

Every year, human rights defenders from all over the world join the Movies That Matter Festival Ideation Sessions to represent the human rights work in their films.

At our ideation sessions, participants and human rights defenders watch the films together and explore the complexities of the challenges beyond the movies.

After a special movie screening with the director and actors, and a group dinner, we unpack the issues together and spark innovative discussions and solutions to these problems.

The ideas, networks, and opportunities created during these sessions encourage new innovations to grow from these films.


Film Viewing

Choose from the top 3 activist films of the year selected by Amnesty International and Movies That Matter.

Dinner with the stars

Enjoy a nice meal together in the foyer of Theater aan het Spui, in The Hague.


Brainstorm with the activists, directors, and actors in the group session of your choice.


Present your group’s findings and ideas.

•  The Agenda

stage 1

Watch the Movie

Choose your film from the options and sit down to a private screening with the directors and activists from the movie.

Stage 2

Q&A with Activists and Directors

At the end of the film, take part in a quick Q&A with your new neighbours.

stage 3

Complimentary Dinner

Following the films and Q&A, you will enjoy a complimentary dinner in the Foyer of Theater Aan Het Spui where you can informally get to know the activists and directors.

Stage 4

Ideation Session

Group discussions follow each film, at which point participants can ask questions to the human rights defenders and explore the complexities of these challenges beyond the films.

•  Taking Part

The Movies That Matter Festival itself is open to the public. More information about the movies and ticket prices can be found on their website.

There are no costs associated with taking part in the Movies That Matter Ideation Sessions, though places are limited to just 10 guests per movie and therefore fill up quickly.

For each of the movies we discuss the presented challenges with the activists and directors to assemble a list of participants with expertise that we believe would most benefit the discussions and brainstorming sessions.

The final group selections is a balance between technical expertise and participants with a grounded knowledge from other sectors. Should you be interested, please get in touch with us.

•  Partners and Friends

•  Other Brainstorming Events

•  The Hague Hacks Festival

The Hague Hacks integrates grass-roots knowledge and human rights problem-owners into a cross-sector idea-creation, design, and development process to produce reactive and proactive human rights solutions and peace-building projects.

•  Border Sessions

Dive into a specific topic or theme together with a diverse group of designers, hackers, students, entrepreneurs, artists, innovation managers, activists, citizens, and scientists. It is an opportunity to tinker, think, and build together towards a clear mission and goal.