Eight films about justice, in Camera Justitia: legal dilemmas, truth-finding and the struggle for balance.

The Movies that Matter Festival presents eight films about legal dilemmas, truth-finding and the struggle for justice in the Camera Justitia competition program. The feature films and documentaries are followed by interviews with makers and experts. During the Camera Justitia Night on 28 March, a five-member international jury awarded the Camera Justitia Award and €5,000 to the director of the winning film.

In the annual Camera Justitia Masterclass on Thursday, March 28, prominent international lawyer Colleen Rohan will tell about her work based on excerpts from festival films. Rohan is a former president of the Association of Defense Counsel and works as a defense lawyer for various international criminal tribunals (ICC, ICTY, ECCC). The Masterclass is part of the Spring Academy on film and international law and is organized in collaboration with the T.M.C. Asser Institute.

The annual film and debate festival Movies that Matter will take place in 2019 from Friday 22 to Saturday 30 March in Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui in The Hague. The complete program is online at the end of February and ticket sales start on 7 March.


Gonzalo Tobal | 108 min | Argentina, Mexico | fiction
* release in Dutch cinemas on 25 April (September Film Distribution)
The beautiful, young Dolores is the only one suspected of murdering her best friend. Her parents are doing their utmost to prove her innocence, but as the process progresses, Dolores endangers her case.
Cold Case Hammarskjöld
Mads Brügger | 130 min | Sweden, Norway, Denmark | documentary
* release in Dutch cinemas on 4 April (Cinema Delicatessen)
Stunning documentary in which director and enfant terrible Mads Brügger (The Ambassador) together with private detective Göran Bjorkdahl tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Their search leads to something much bigger than the murder of a UN top man.
Crime + Punishment
Stephen Maing | 112 min | USA | documentary
Exciting and revealing whistleblower’s film, in which twelve brave policemen from the New York Police Department join forces and take on their bosses. They accuse the department for corruption, unlawful arrests and ethnic profiling.
Smuggling Hendrix
Marios Piperides | 93 min | Cyprus | fiction
Comedy about the cute dog Jimi, who lives in the Greek part of Cyprus with his owner Yiannis. When Yiannis is not paying attention, Jimi crosses the border to the Turkish part of the island. People are allowed to move freely between the two parts, but that is different for animals. Yiannis plunges into an unforeseen adventure to get his faithful four-legged friend back.
Bassam Jarbawi | 108 min | Palestine, Qatar, USA | fiction
Psychological thriller about the Palestinian Ziad, who returns to Palestine in an Israeli prison after more than fifteen years. As a teenager he was arrested, and now that he has to find his turn in society again as an adult, he has trouble adjusting. Palestinians see him as a hero, but he does not feel like that. He doubts whether his actions have any meaning whatsoever.
The Trial of Ratko Mladic
Henry Singer, Rob Miller | 99 min | UK, Norway | documentary
It has been horribly recently that Europe was startled by shocking images of concentration camps and mass graves in former Yugoslavia. The Bosnia war killed some 100,000 innocent civilians, and twenty years after that bloody conflict the Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague started the trial in 2012 against the Bosnian Serb army general Ratko Mladić. He is seen, among other things, as commander of the siege of Sarajevo and the murder of 7,000 Muslim men in Srebrenica.
Flavia Castro | 96 min | Brazil, France, Qatar | fiction
Brazilian teenager Joana lived in Paris for many years, along with her mother living in exile. Back in Brazil she goes in search of the truth about her father, a political activist who ‘disappeared’ during the military dictatorship. A beautifully shot film, full of life and music.
Whispering Truth to Power
Shameela Seedat | 87 min | Netherlands, South Africa | documentary
An inspiring portrait of Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s gentle but decisive ‘Public Protector’, during her last year in office. When she takes on President Jacob Zuma in a large-scale corruption case, Madonsela has to navigate in a minefield in which danger and opposition lie in wait on all sides.