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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER
A HAUNTING HISTORY ON DUTCH TV            
Two weeks ago the broadcast was last-minuted canceld, but on Wednesday the 19th of October our documentary A HAUNTING HISTORY will be broadcasted on DUTCH TELEVISION.  
Channel NPO2 (2doc) at 22:55. 

If you want to watch it on-line (with Dutch subtitles)
click here: NPO2 DUTCH TV/ UITZENDING GEMIST
IF AT THE RED CARPET

On Friday the 30th of September we walked the red carpet at the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht, because our documentary "A Haunting History" was nominated for the Gouden Kalf Award.

Although we didn't win the award, is was a huge honor to be nominated and it was a great night. 
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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER
IF WINS JUSTICE, PEACE & SECURITY AWARD                  

This week we had the honor to receive the JUSTITIA AWARD at the Peace, Justice and Security Gala in the Hague, the Netherlands.

We won this prestigious award for our documentaries and the impact we make with our educational campaigns and Mobile Cinema's in DR Congo. This oeuvre prize was awarded by Golden Globe-winner and actress Sharon Stone. 
The event was hosted by the Peace, Justice and Security Foundation along with Cinema for Peace in Berlin.
Sharon Stone was at the ceremony accompanied by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussain, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, the President of the International Court of Justice Silva Fernandez de Gurmendi and Africa's youngest Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Victor Ochen. All supporting and fighting for global peace, justice and security. 
UN High Commisioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein was hitting hard in his speech and condemns Wilders and Trump. Read the whole speech  or listen and watch to the speech at the Gala. 
NOMINATED FOR GOUDEN KALF AWARD (Dutch oscar)

In 2010 we had the honor to win a Gouden Kalf for our documentary 'Weapon of War".
This year we are delighted to announce our documentary "A Haunting History" is nominated for the Gouden Kalf Award.
A HAUNTING HISTORY ON DUTCH TV

Our Documentary A Haunting History will be broadcasted on Dutch television on:
Wednesday 28 of September
22:55 pm on NPO 2.
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NEWSLETTER MARCH
WORLD PREMIERE at ONE WORLD in PRAGUE                                    

We are proud to announce that our documentary A Haunting History's had it's world premiere at the One World International Documentary Film Festival in Prague. The film competed in the 'Right to Know competition. After four years of work we are very exited we can finally show the film in the rest of the world! The world premiere was wonderful with great and positive the reactions.
DUTCH PREMIERE @ MOVIES THAT MATTER FESTIVAL

Last Sunday we celebrated our Dutch premiere at the Movies That Matter Festival. It was an amazing night, because we watched the documentary together with our main protagonists Anuol Deng and Peter Malir from South Sudan.
The documentary was very well received by the audience. The room was emotionally touched by the film and Anuol's life story in South Sudan.

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We are proud to announce that our documentary JUSTICE FOR SALE was shown at BBC WORLD NEWS
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NEWSLETTER APRIL
DUTCH CINEMA RELEASE                  

After a fantastic Dutch premiere, our distributor Cinema Delicatessen releases our documentary A Haunting History this coming Thursday the 7th of April in Dutch Cinema's

If you didn't see the film on big screen yet, go to the nearest cinema to watch the film. See the list below with the screening dates and cities.
AMSTERDAM - DE BALIE

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Screening days at the Balie:

19:30 - Do 7 April                         19:30 - Ma 11 April
19:30 - Vr 8 April                          19:30 - Di 12 April
19:30 - Za 9 April                         19:30 - Wo 13 April
19:30 - Zo 10 April

ADDRESS:

Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam
Phone: (020) 5535 100
ROTTERDAM - LANTARENVENSTER

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Screening days at Lantarenvenster:
14:45 - Do 7 April
14:45 - Vr 8 April
13:00 - Zo 10 April
14.45 - Ma 11 April
14.45 - Di 12 April

ADDRESS;

Otto Reuchlinweg 996
3072 MD Rotterdam
Phone: (010) 277 2277
HILVERSUM - FILMTHEATER HILVERSUM

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Screening days at Filmtheater Hilversum:

15:30 - Do 7 April
15:30 - Ma 11 April
18:45 - Di 12 April

ADDRESS:
Herenplein 5
1211 DR Hilversum
Phone: (035) 623 5466
UTRECHT - FILMTHEATER 'T HOOGT

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Screeing days at 't Hoogt:
11:00 - Zo 10 April
19:30 - Ma 11 April (+ director present for Q&A)

ADDRESS:

Hoogt 4
3512 GW Utrecht
Phone: (030) 2312216
 
SPECIAL SCREENINGS IN OTHER CITIES

DEN HAAG - HET NUTSHUIS   - 21 April (19:30)
TILBURG    - CINECITTA           - 3 Mei
NIJMEGEN - LUX                       - 4 Mei

 
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NEWSLETTER JUNE
IT'S A WRAP!
 
Ladies and gentlemen!  It’s a WRAP!
After a period of 2,5 years filming for our documentary A Haunting History, we filmed our last shots in South Sudan.
 
It’s been a very challenging journey that started in March 2012. When we heard our main character Anuol Deng’s amazing life story for the first time, we knew directly that this was an extraordinary story for a documentary. The combination of his life story and the fact that South Sudan is the youngest country in the world triggered us. Since then we followed him and the events that happened in the country.
We recently returned back from our last shooting period for our documentary A Haunting History. So we are more than excited to craft these years of work in one breathtaking film that we hope to share with you at the end of this year.
IF IN THE EDITROOM
 
Together with our editor Paul de Heer we are working hard in our studio to complete the film before the end of the year!

We can't wait to share this new documentary with you very soon, so keep on eye out for it!
DVD-collection = For Sale

Haven’t you seen the full trilogy on sexual violence in DR Congo? 
The DVD collection contains the three award winning documentaries ‘Fighting the Silence’, ‘Weapon of War’ and ‘Justice for Sale’: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store. 

Buy now for only € 29,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.
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NEWSLETTER DECEMBER
IF's WINTER SALE   
 
The must-see DVD collection for everyone interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation is on SALE.
 
The DVD collection contains the three award winning documentaries ‘Fighting the Silence’, ‘Weapon of War’ and ‘Justice for Sale’. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store.
BUY NOW for only € 29,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.
IF BACK IN CONGO AGAIN!

This time we are back in Congo, together with our colleague Nynke Douma, for a validation workshop of complementary film-tools for the campaign ‘Droit Pour Tous’ (right for all) to address and bring a halt to the widespread impunity in Congo’s legal system.
 
In this workshop we review two new educational films on land rights that we filmed last October. 18 local organizations, that are using the tailor-made educational films, help us finalize the films by giving their feedback and critics. With this feedback we return back home to make final adjustments so that the successful campaign can continue.
IF IN THE SPOTLIGHTS

On Sunday 23rd of November, TV presenter Daphne Bunskoek interviewed us about our documentary WEAPON OF WAR, in which we interview rebels and military in Congo about their rape crimes.
 
For those who missed the interview CLICK HERE!
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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER
WEAPON OF WAR ON DUTCH TV              
 
The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will present a themed program on the role of women in documentary called The Female Gaze.
 
On Sunday 23rd of November, TV presenter Daphne Bunskoek interviews us about our documentary WEAPON OF WAR, in which we interview rebels and military in Congo about their rape crimes.
We answer questions like; Why do we tell the perpetrators side of the story? And was it an advantage to be a woman?

Watch the interview + Documentary Weapon of War:

Where: NPO DOC (digital TV channel)
When : Sunday 23rd November 2014
Time  : 20:40 hr.
DVD-collection = For Sale

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The DVD collection contains the three award winning documentaries ‘Fighting the Silence’, ‘Weapon of War’ and ‘Justice for Sale’: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store. 

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NEWSLETTER JULY
FILMING IN SOUTH SUDAN                                                            JULY 2014
 
After two intense weeks of filming in South Sudan, we returned back to Amsterdam with amazing, breathtaking and mostly heartbreaking film footage for our documentary ‘ A Haunting History’.

We followed our main character Anuol in the capital Juba, where he is trying to continue his work as a lawyer. Most of his clients left due to the outbreak of the war in December last year, so it has been a struggle for him to keep his head above the water.
We also travelled with Anuol and his cousin Peter to his birth town Bor, which was heavily destroyed in the recent violence. We followed them while they visited the once busy and lively market, which is now an empty ground. Houses of Anuol´s family members were burned down to the ground and many lost their lives. History has repeated itself for Anuol and his family, as he survived a massacre when he was a child in 1991. The same rebel leader responsible for the massacre back then now attacked Bor again with his troops, killing thousands.
On our last filming day we filmed the 3rd Independence Day. The government tried to celebrate it big, while 1,3 million people are displaced, fights are still continuing and South Soudan faces an extreme famine. So in our eyes not really time for a party!

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NEWSLETTER JULY
IF GOES TO SOUTH SUDAN                                                            JULY 2014
 
Since that war broke out last December 2013, the conflict has sparked widespread ethnic violence between the country's largest tribal groups, the Dinka and the Nuer.
More than a million people have been displaced from their homes, including an estimated 270,000 people who have fled to neighbouring countries.
South Sudan is facing the threat of a famine on a bigger scale than that seen in Ethiopia in the 1980s.
 
Last February, we travelled to North Uganda, because our main-character in the film fled the war violence together with his relatives. Now, months later he returned back to South Sudan. We are going to follow him back in the capital Juba where he attempts to get back to his daily life activities.
We will also be there when the nation ‘celebrates’ their 3rd independence day.
 
Although the country is still unstable in many places, the capitol Juba and Bor city are secure and stable.  We have monitored the situation well about the current situation on the ground and know it's safe enough to travel and continue our work.
We are flying tonight, Thursday the 26th of June to South Sudan until the 10th of July.

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NEWSLETTER October 2013


10 YEARS IF

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Time flies when you’re having fun!

1
0 years ago we started IFproductions by making our first documentary Bushkids in South Africa. Since then we made different award-winning films, travelled the world and met many interesting people. We love our work and hope to continue for many years more.

This year we started a new IF adventure in South Sudan.


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PITCHING AT IDFA

idfaWe are proud to announce that we are officially selected to pitch our new documentary "A Haunting History" at IDFA's Central Pitch in November. Our documentary was selected out of 450 international projects and we are the only pitching team from the Netherlands.

IDFA's FORUM is Europe's most important breeding ground for new documentary projects, and an essential meeting place for filmmakers, television commissioning editors, documentary stakeholders and independent documentary producers. - See more at: idfa.nl

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NEW OFFICE

We moved to our new office in the coolest and nicest suburb in Amsterdam, the Jordaan, close to central station. Our new office is based at: Binnen Oranjestraat 17, 1013 HZ Amsterdam

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If you are around, your always welcome to come by for a nice cup of coffee.


IF IN DUBLIN

We still have many screenings all over the globe! This time Femke travelled to Dublin, Ireland, to attend a special screening of Weapon of War. The event was hosted by The Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence.

A great crowd came to see and discuss the film. It was an interesting debate as many people found it difficult to watch a film focusing on perpetrators ofsexual violence. We were able to bring the discussion to a higher level and explained that in order to end sexual violence it is also important to look at the source of the problem. We hope this screening and the debate helped raise awareness about this.

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DVD-collection
Haven’t you seen the full trilogy on sexual violence in DR Congo?

It contains the three award winning documentaries ‘Fighting the Silence’, ‘Weapon of War’ and ‘Justice for Sale’: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store.

Buy now for only € 39,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.


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NEWSLETTER July 2013


IF AT SOUTH SUDAN�S 2ND INDEPENDENCE DAY

IFLast week we travelled again to South Sudan for our new documentary. Together with hundreds of thousands of people, we celebrated South Sudan's second Independence Day on the 9th of July. In the capital Juba, an exuberant crowd was parading, dancing and waving flags. It was an amazing and colourful day. Six years after the signing of the peace agreement that ended the longest civil war in Africa, South Sudan became independent from Sudan on the 9th of July 2011. South Sudan is now the youngest country in the world, with lots of challenges to face. It�s building up a new state from scratch. Besides experiencing Independence Day, we filmed and followed our leading character Anuol and his cousin Peter for the whole week. We came back with a wealth of good filming material and look forward to the next phase. if


DVD-collection
Haven�t you seen the full trilogy on sexual violence in DR Congo? It contains the three award winning documentaries �Fighting the Silence�, �Weapon of War� and �Justice for Sale�: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store. Buy now for only € 39,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.

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NEWSLETTER July 2013


JUSTICE FOR SALE WINS SILVERBACK AWARD!

It took a little while, but this week we received this beautiful award all the way from Rwanda! We are proud to announce that Justice for Sale won the Silverback Award for Best Documentary at the Rwanda Film Festival. if


SELECTED FOR MORE FESTIVALS

Our documentary Justice for Sale continues to travel around the world and is still shown at various film festivals. Until now, Justice for Sale has screened at more than 40 festivals. We are working hard to submit the film to many other festivals, so that more people around the world can watch the film. The film has recently been selected at festivals in Mexico, Togo, Kenya and Germany. if


GOING BACK TO SOUTH SUDAN
Last April, we travelled to South Sudan for 3,5 weeks to do research for our new documentary. We are following a South Sudanese lawyer who returns to his homeland from Europe to resettle and put up a memorial for the massacre he barely survived as a child. He fears for a violent future if the massacre remains a taboo and nobody is held to account. Coming Friday, we�ll fly back to the capital Juba, to film the celebration of South Sudan�s second independence day. Being the youngest nation in the world people are parading, dancing and waving flags in the streets. An important day we cannot miss. Follow our new adventures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IFDocumentaries To be continued! if

DVD-collection
Haven�t you seen the full trilogy on sexual violence in DR Congo? It contains the three award winning documentaries �Fighting the Silence�, �Weapon of War� and �Justice for Sale�: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store. Buy now for only € 39,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.

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NEWSLETTER december 2012


OUTREACH CAMPAIGN - JUSTICE FOR SALE

After months of preparation, we have launched last week the big campaign �Droit pour Tous� (�Rights for All�), educating ordinary Congolese and the juridical personal about the juridical system and the rights they have. In this campaign we use different tools, including two big mobile cinemas and 18 small ones, radio-spots, 30.000 cartoon books and tv soap series. The whole campaign has been developed in close collaboration with Congolese human rights defenders, judges and the Ministry of Justice. On December 14th, the campaign was officially launched in Bukavu and attended by high-ranking officials like the provincial Minister of Justice and the Procurater-General. Over 50 people from a range of state institutions, legal practitioners, NGOs and media attendant the official launch. Three prominent speakers held a thematic introduction, where after the film was shown. It was received well and immediately opened up debate. In the afternoon a theatre play was organized which placed the focus on the rights of the accused. Furthermore, for three days, five South Kivu based radio stations aired radio spots developed in the context of the campaign. All in all, the launch was a success and marks the start of a very interesting and intensive campaign period. This campaign will grow in the coming years when more and more organisations will join!


HOW IS MASAMBA DOING!

A year after our documentary JUSTICE FOR SALE premiered lots of action happened around Masamba�s case. Unfortunately he is still in prison but weekly lawyers are in contact with him and bring him food and medicine when needed. The special team of lawyers reinvestigated his case and will hear very soon if his case is approved for revision at the high court of Kinshasa. Also the procedure started to early release Masamba through good behavior. We hope that in the beginning of the new year we can bring Masamba and you happy news.


FILM FESTIVALS & AWARDS
The whole year round did our documentaries receive lots of attention, from screenings at various international film festivals to important meetings for NGO�s and embassies. Moreover, we�ve received some very special prices and nominations, like the PUMA Creative Impact Award! The newest film �Justice for Sale� screened at over 20 film festivals worldwide and was awarded �Best Documentary� at the film festival in Burundi and with the �Silverback Award� at the Hilliwood Rwanda Film Festival. We are even more proud that our previous film, �Weapon of War� was nominated for the PUMA Creative Impact Award 2012! The award honours and celebrates the documentary films that have made the most significant positive impact on society. And even �Fighting the Silence�, released in 2007, is still going strong in 2012. It was selected for the first human rights film festival in Tunis.

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NEWSLETTER july 2012


JUSTICE FOR SALE ON DUTCH TELEVISION

We are proud to announce that the IKON will broadcast our documentary JUSTICE FOR SALE on Thursday the 5th of July. 5th of July 22.46 � 23.46 JUSTICE FOR SALE IKON � HOLLAND DOC Nederland 2 (NED 2) If you cannot watch the documentary on the 5th of July, you can go to www.uitzendinggemist.nl and watch the film online.


JUSTICE FOR SALE WINS AWARD!
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We are very proud to announce that Justice for Sale won the award of Best Documentary at the International Film Festival in Burundi at FESTICAB 2012. Our documentary Justice for Sale continues to travel around the world and is shown at various film festivals. http://www.festicab.org/acceuilen.html

JUSTICE FOR SALE IN PEACE PALACE
Tuesday the 26th of June we had the honour to screen �Justice for sale� in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. Dr. Janine Ubink, senior lecturer at the Law Faculty of Leiden University gave an impressive introduction. She is an expert on African law issues and has published extensively on subjects such as customary law, land rights and traditional legal practices.After watching the film we had a very interesting and inspiring debate. peace palaceFor more information click here.

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NEWSLETTER november 2012


PUMA CREATIVE IMPACT AWARD

Weapon of War is an example of film being used as a highly strategic educational tool and engaging debate on the taboo issue of rape within the military. (PUMA.Creative, 2012)We are excited to announce that Weapon of War is nominated as one of five documentaries for the PUMA Creative Impact Award. The € 50.000,- award honours, celebrates and supports the documentary film that has made the most significant positive impact on society or the environment. The price winner will be awarded on November 13th 2012. Follow us on Facebook for the latest updates. Watch the trailer about the 5 nominees.


IDFA � 25 YEARS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LOWLANDS

IDFA � 25 YEARS HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LOWLANDS The International Documentary Film festival Amsterdam (IDFA) celebrates its 25th anniversary with �25 years Highlight of the Lowlands�. It�s a selection of 15 high-profile Dutch documentaries presented at IDFA and which became an international hit. We are very honoured that our documentary � Weapon of War� is selected as one of 15 most impressive films! www.idfa.nl Weapon of War screens Thursday November 15th at 10.00 AM in Tuschinski 4 Thursday November 22th at 15.00 PM in Tuschinski 2


DVD-collection
Haven�t you seen the full trilogy on sexual violence in DR Congo? It contains the three award winning documentaries �Fighting the Silence�, �Weapon of War� and �Justice for Sale�: a must-see for all who is interested in Africa, conflict, impunity and reconciliation. The full DVD-collection is for sale in our online store. Buy now for only € 39,95 and support us in the exposure of injustice.

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NEWSLETTER march 2012


JUSTICE FOR SALE AT MOVIES THAT MATTER FESTIVAL
JUSTICE FOR SALE will open the Camera Justitia competition programme at the Movies That Matter Festival in The Hague on Friday the 23rd of March. Other screening dates:
Friday 23/03 19:30hr Theater aan het Spui 1, Den Haag
Saturday 24/03 19:00hr Filmhuis Den Haagzaal 4
Thuesday 27/03 17:15hr Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 1

For more information: www.moviesthatmatter.nl


WEAPON OF WAR ON HOLLAND DOC 24
Holland Doc 24 will broadcast Weapon of War on their digital documentary channel from the 24th till the 30th of March. For dates and times: www.hollanddoc.nl

JUSTICE FOR SALE IN DUTCH CINEMAS
If you have not seen our documentary Justice for Sale yet, this is your chance! Movies That Matter on Tour organizes indoor and outdoor screenings. Justice for Sale will be shown in 18 different cinemas in the Netherlands. The directors Ilse or Femke van Velzen will be present at most screenings for a discussion afterwards. For more information: www.moviesthatmatter.nl
CITY DATE TIME CINEMA/FILM THEATRE
Den Haag Friday 23/03 19:30hr Theater a/h Spui
Den Haag Saturday 24/03 17:15hr Filmhuis Den Haag
Amsterdam Monday 23/04 18:30hr Eye Instituut Amsterdam
Hilversum Tuesday 01/05 21:30hr Herenplein
Rotterdam Saturday 05/05 21:30hr Wilhelmina pier
Utrecht Monday 07/05 21:30hr Ledig Erf
Groningen Tuesday 08/05 21:00hr De H-tuin van de RKZ bioscoop
Amsterdam Wednesday 09/05 21:30hr Plein, Studio K
Maastricht Thursday 10/05 21:30hr Filmtheater Lumi�re
Amersfoort Thursday 10/05 20:00hr De lieve Vrouw
Zwolle Tuesday 15/05 21:30hr Fraterhuis
Arnhem Wednesday 16/05 19:00hr Focus
Leiden Monday 21/05 19:00hr Scheltema
Alkmaar Wednesday 23/05 20:00hr Provadja
Nijmegen Thursday 24/05 22:00hr Mari�nburgplein
Delft Friday 01/06 22:00hr Hyposuper
Den Haag Thursday 07/06 22:00hr Spuipleintje
Den Bosch Saturday 16/06 22:15hr Terras Verkadefariek

IF AT ONE WORLD FESTIVAL IN PRAGUE
Last week we were in Prague, Czech Republic, because Justice for Sale was screening at the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival: http://www.oneworld.cz/2012/ The One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is currently one of the leading festivals dealing with the issue of human rights in Europe. We were very proud Justice for Sale was selected for the "Right to Know" competition that included films with strong human rights issues. We had some amazing debates after the screenings with a very engaged and interested audience. Watch this link for an interview with Ilse & Femke van Velzen: http://youtu.be/dT6v4Aj0C10

JUSTICE FOR SALE SELECTED FOR MORE FESTIVALS
After a successful IDFA, we have been working very hard to get Justice for Sale to the world. We have submitted Justice for Sale to more than 60 film festivals worldwide and will continue doing this for other upcoming festivals. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible. The film has been selected for many festivals. Check the list on www.justiceforsale.nl
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NEWSLETTER march 2012


CAMPAIGN IN CONGO Last month we, together with Nynke Douma, were in Congo to further develop the campaign against impunity, corruption and fair justice. The campaign will use tailor-made film and other tools like radio, comic books, workshops and debates to raise awareness on judicial procedures and to debate about current malpractices in the justice system. Corruption and political interference are the major problems that need to be addressed. photo left: Nynke Douma our colleague from Mobile Cinema Foundationphoto right: Ilse (L) Femke (R) additional filming for educational films The campaign aims at changing the attitudes of juridical personnel in the justice system, motivate Congo�s politicians to take judicial reform seriously and educate the population about their rights to a fair trial. The focus and content of the campaign has been defined in close collaboration with delegates from the Ministry of Justice, human rights lawyers and activists, judges and several local and international NGO�s active in the justice sector. Through individual meetings and workshops that were held during three preparatory visits to Congo, those actors have expressed their needs and priorities in relation to fighting impunity through the campaign activities. For the educational films we use footage from our documentary �Justice for Sale� and footage we filmed last month. We have had interesting interviews with the Ministry of Justice, judges, lawyers and Congolese citizens. The campaign will be launched this summer. In coming months local and international organizations in Congo will validate the films. The campaign is designed in such a way that a large number of organizations can join in and use the campaign tools. Read more about the project.


NEWS ABOUT MASAMBA

Thanks to individual donations and a contribution by Cordaid and Stichting Vluchteling, the budget for reopening Masamba�s case has been covered. While we were in Kinshasa and Bukavu we held job interviews with lawyers and activists to find out who would be the best qualified to do the re-investigation and defend his case before the High Military Court in Kinshasa. We selected a very good lawyers association that will conduct the investigation and a lawyer that will bring the case to the high court. Let�s hope Masamba gets a new change to justice. We did not visit Masamba personally this time, because this can bring him into problems by other jealous inmates. Our friend and local assisted Salomon pays a weekly visit to Masamba to bring him food. Masamba is doing all right and wants to thank every body for helping him. To follow the proceedings in Masamba�s case, follow our website www.justiceforsale.nl.

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IF BACK TO CONGO

The coming three weeks we go back to Congo, together with Nynke Douma to prepare the tools and films for a campaign against impunity that we are setting up with support from the Postcode Loterij in collaboration with Cordaid, Stichting Vluchteling and other local partners. Our documentary Justice for Sale has been a trigger to work on this campaign. For more information, visit the website: mobilecinemafoundation.com


FOLLOW MASABMA�s NEW TRIAL

We would like to thank everyone for the generous donations to open a new and fair trial for Masamba. Since Justice for Sale premiered on the 20th of November 2012 we raised $ 20.000. This will be spent on additional juridical research into his case, the procedure costs to review his case at the Kinshasa high court, and � if successful in liberating Masamba � financial support for Masamba to start a new life. Follow his trial via the website http://ifproductions.nl/justiceforsale.nl/?page_id=307 or http://www.facebook.com/IFDocumentaries


IF ON FACEBOOK

We are proud to present our new Facebook page, IF DOCUMENTARIES, at http://www.facebook.com/IFDocumentaries. Here you can find all the information about our documentaries, including news about screenings in your city. You can also follow updates about the Congo campaign and Masamba�s trial. So please sign up and LIKE our page.

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NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2011


MASAMBA DESERVES A NEW, FAIR TRIAL
Please help us to realise this!

Masamba, the soldier in Justice for Sale, who was convicted of rape without any evidence, deserves a new fair trial. Congolese human rights defenders and Military judges believe his case can be reviewed under a special appeal procedure at the High Military Court in Congo�s capital Kinshasa. For this, new evidence needs to be collected and the errors of his trial need to be revealed. To fund this trial, we call upon people to take action. With the help of people that watched Justice for Sale, we have raised almost half of the budget; please help us to raise the other half!Read more�

SUCCESFULL WORLD PREMIERE

Sunday the 20th of November Justice for Sale had its world premiere in a sold out Tuschinski 1 at IDFA in Amsterdam. We watched the film together with 800 friends, family, colleagues and festival guests for the very first time on the big screen. After the film our special guest Lawyer Claudine Tsongo, the main character of the film gave a beautiful speech.

From now on JUSTICE FOR SALE will travel from festival to festival all over the world. If you want to know more about where the film is screening, check our NEW website once in a while:

www.justiceforsale.nl


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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2011


IF IN TALKSHOW PAUW & WITTEMAN

On Friday the 18th of November we are guest in the TV Talkshow �Pauw & Wittenman� on the Dutch Television Channel NED 1. Presenters Jeroen Pauw & Paul Wittenman will talk with us about our new documentary Justice for Sale that will premier during the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Sunday the 20th of November. The talkshow is LIVE broadcasted from 23:00 hrs till 00:00 hrs on Channel NED 1.


LAST CHANCE TO BUY TICKETS FOR WORLD PREMIER


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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2011


WORLD PREMIERE OF �JUSTICE FOR SALE� SUNDAY THE 20th of NOVEMBER AT IDFA

We are very proud to announce that our new documentary �JUSTICE FOR SALE� has been selected for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest documentary film festival in the world. �Justice for Sale� follows Claudine, a young and courageous human rights lawyer, in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in Congo. The documentary will be competing in the Dutch Documentary Competition.

You can expect the invitation for the world premi�re soon! Save the date: the world premiere will be take place on the 20th of November at 17:00. in Amsterdam at cinema room Tuschinski 1.


IF BACK IN THE U.S.A.

Last week we travelled to California where we were invited by the Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. At the �Women, Media, Revolution� forum, our documentary �Weapon of War� was the opening film.

After the film screening we had an inspiring panel discussion together with Sylvie Maunga Mbanga, IPJ Woman PeaceMaker from Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the subsequent forum, frontline journalists, filmmakers and social media citizen-activists engaged in the critical examination of women in conflict and how they are using their voices in a revolutionary way against ongoing political and cultural violence.


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NEWSLETTER JULY 2011


WEAPON OF WAR ON DUTCH TELEVISION
We are very happy to announce that the IKON will broadcast our documentary WEAPON OF WAR on Thursday the 4th of August. If you didn't see our film yet, or you know people who would like to watch it (again): this is your chance!! 4th of august at 23:10 WEAPON OF WAR IKON � HOLLAND DOC Nederland 2 (NED 2) If you can not watch the documentary on the 4th of August, you can go to www.uitzendinggemist.nl and watch the film online.
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IF at GOOD PITCH

Our new documentary JUSTICE FOR SALE, that will premier at the end of this year, is selected for Good Pitch Europe. The Good Pitch brings filmmakers NGOs, foundations, philanthropists, brands and media together to forge coalitions and initiate campaigns around leading social issues whereby the use of film is the starting point. Coming October we will pitch our ambitious ideas in London to create a strong lobby tool for policymakers around the world, educational tools for Universities and an outreach campaign in Congo. good_pitch


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NEWSLETTER JUNE 2011


EDITING OUR NEW FILM
We are in the middle of editing our new documentary Justice for Sale; "when the system fails, everyone is a victim" We follow the young, courageous human rights lawyer Claudine who refuses to accept that justice is indeed "For Sale" in Congo.
The coming months we will work hard to complete yet an other important documentary that we like to share with you all. We hope to launch the film at the end of this year, so keep an eye out for it. For now a short trailer to give you a sneak preview.

ADDITIONAL GRANT SUPPORT FROM:

We are very proud to announce that JUSTICE FOR SALE received additional funding to complete this film. We got grant support from: the Sundance Institute, founded by Robert Redford, Utha in USA. http://www.sundance.org Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund in New York, USA http://www.tribecafilminstitute.org Netherlands Film Fund in The Netherlands http://www.filmfonds.nl/english


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NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2010


BACK FROM THE CONGO
After a month of filming we safely returned on Friday the 19th of November in the Netherlands. It was a successful, intense and interesting film period for our new documentary Justice for Sale. We follow Claudine a young, courageous human rights lawyer, in her fight for justice to end impunity in Congo. justice for sale if In February we will fly back to the Congo for our second shooting period.

GOOD PITCH AT IDFA FORUM idfa pitch

The day we returned from the Congo, we immediately started working in our edit studio on a new trailer for our documentary Justice for Sale, which we wanted to pitchat IDFA's forum. The forum is a fantastic platform to present your film to the worlds most leading broadcasters. In 7 minutes you need to convince them of your film idea. Our goal was to introduce ourselves and our work to the international documentary market. We definitely managed to do this, because our pitch went extremely well. We were even mentioned in IDFA's Daily new paper as one of the best pitched documentary during this years Forum. Besides we have had very good meetings with many broadcasters that hopefully invest in this new film. Click on this link to read the IDFA forum article.

IDFA PITCH To be continued…

FIGHTING THE SILENCE AGAIN ON DUTCH TELEVISION
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We are very happy to announce that on, Human Rights Day, the 10th of December; IKON will broadcast our documentary FIGHITNG THE SILENCE. The documentary will be part of a series ‘Women of the World’. Because it is broadcasted on Dutch television IKON gave the film a Dutch name 'DOORBREEK HET ZWIJGEN '.If you didn't see our film yet, or you know people who would like to see it (again): this is your change!! DOORBREEK HET ZWIJGEN (FIGHTING THE SILENCE) IKON - Nederland 2 (NED 2) 10th of December at 16.05 If you will not be able to see the documentary on the 10th of December, you can go to www.uitzendinggemist.nl and see the online screening. The screening will be available for a period of one month.


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NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2010


IF IS BACK IN CONGO

After the success of Weapon of War, it's time for a new and again very important documentary. That's why we are back in Congo to work on our new documentary JUSTICE FOR SALE. When Justice is for Sale, everyone is a Victim! In present-day Congo, poor innocent people, are often wrongfully accused of crimes they didn't commit. and are sentenced to excessive prison terms on the basis of flawed and incomplete procedures. At the same time, those who gain their wealth through corruption are able to easily buy their freedom at any cost. Local judges skilfully manoeuvre the outcome of juridical trials in directions that correspond with their own interests. Justice for Sale follows two young, courageous human rights lawyers who refuse to accept that justice is indeed "for sale" in their country. Against all odds, Claudine and her husband Eug�ne, fight for justice to end impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo at great personal risk. The coming four weeks we will be following these two lawyers.


EDUCATING CONGOLESE SOLDIERS ON SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Over the last year we have, together with consultant Nynke Douma, worked very hard to develop an ambitious but highly relevant educational film project for Congo's national army (FARDC). The project focuses on the functioning of the army in light of sexual violence, human rights abuses, war trauma, the military justice system and elementary issues like military conduct and elementary training. Last week we organised together with our local partner Search for Common Ground a workshop with Military officers and experts to determine the precise content and themes for the educational films. The workshop went very well and the Military officials that were present participated actively and supported the educational tool totally. Using films to educate soldiers is a new way to confront them, provoke discussions and let them understand how to behave. With the approximately 150 hours of footage shot for Weapon of War, Fighting the Silence and additional film footage, we develop six 10-15 minute appealing and effective educational films, that will be used in a new training tool within the Congolese army. The films will be screened during a sequence of working sessions on brigade level where the films will be alternated by debates and exercises laid out in a specially designed training programme. The sessions will be moderated by military facilitators that are specially trained for this purpose. For more information: www.weaponofwar.nl/outreach.php


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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2010


WEAPON OF WAR WINS 'GOUDEN KALF' (DUTCH OSCAR'S)

At the 30st edition of the Dutch Film Festival, Weapon of War won the 'Gouden Kalf'. We are extremely proud that the jury awarded our documentary, and especially its important topic and message, with the biggest film prize in The Netherlands. The jury report stated that: "The documentary unambiguously shows that elementary human values disappear in extreme conditions. As viewers we witness the confrontation of people with their own actions. The film shows how they try to reconcile with both themselves and with their victims. This film is about the systematic rapes of women and children in Congo. By focusing the camera on the perpetrators and their attempts at self-insight, not only a shocking picture of war methods is revealed. It also shows the will to break through this horrendous cycle of violence." if If you want to see the award ceremony, please click on this link: http://www.filmfestival.nl/nl/nff-tv/gala-van-de-nederlandse-film-2010 (after 70:30 minutes, Ilse and Femke win the award.) Want to see the film, click on this button: BUY the DVD


100.000 EURO'S FOR WOMEN IN CONGO!

Walking the 40 km as ambassadors for the NIGHT WALK, to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of victims of sexual violence in Congo, turned out to be the biggest physical challenge of our lives. Starting in Rotterdam at 12 o'clock at night, together with 450 other people, we started our nightly adventure. Despite heavy rain, many blisters on our feet and protesting muscles, we reached the finish in The Huague after 9 hours of walking. We want to thank everyone that sponsored our team. With your support we managed to raise ?3.195. In total more than ?100.000 was collected for the rape victims in Congo and that is amazing. We hope you will sponsor us again next year, because we are determined to take up this challenge once more in support of another charity. if


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NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2010


NIGHT WALK! Help the women in Congo!

How far would you walk out of fear for violence?As filmmakers we try to expose global injustice and oppression through our films. Over the past 5 years we worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where we interviewed both victims and perpetrators of sexual violence for our documentaries: Weapon of War and Fighting the Silence. In the night of 25th of September we will walk 40 km from Rotterdam to the Hague. Stichting Vluchteling, a Dutch foundation organizes this event. As ambassadors of this Night Walk we aim to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of victims of sexual violence in Congo.

Therefore we need your HELP! Please sponsor us, click here: http://www.nachtvandevluchteling.nl/deelnemers/131 Or take up on the challenge yourself and walk with us!


IF @ LOWLANDS FESTIVAL

Lowlands is one of the biggest and most popular music festivals in the Netherlands, with about 60,000 visitors each year. Besides more than 200 different music acts there is also space for culture, politics and debates. This year we spoke about our work during the Lowlands political program, Llowgenda, to raise awareness about the situation in Congo. It was a huge challenge to speak for this audience, but they were impressed and touched by our story. ifWatch the video: http://vimeo.com/14420129


WEAPON OF WAR SELECTED FOR ?GOUDEN KALF? COMPETITION
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Weapon of War is selected for ?de gouden kalf? competition at the Dutch Film Festival. Weapon of War will be screened in Utrecht on the following dates. 25-09-2010 at 16:00 in Hoogt 3 - Utrecht29-09-2010 at 14:00 in Hoogt 3 ? UtrechtFor more information: www.filmfestival.nl


WEAPON OF WAR WINS AWARD!
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We are very proud to announce that Weapon of War won the award of Second Best Film at TRT International Documentary Film Competition in Turkey. The documentary will therefore also be broadcasted on the Turkish national television.


FIGHTING THE SILENCE WINS AWARD!
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Our documentary Fighting the Silence still travels around the world and is shown at various film festivals. At the Millennium Festival in Belgium, Fighting the Silence won the Award for best Human Rights Content. The award was handed over by the office of the High Commissioner for Human rights.


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NEWSLETTER JULY 2010


ON-LINE STORE
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We are very happy and proud to present our new on-line web store. From now on you can purchase all our DVD?s on-line. Weapon of War, Fighting the Silence & Return to Angola are available right now. Visit our store to see our special opening offers! http://www.ifproductions.nl/eng/store.html


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NEWSLETTER MAY 2010


WEAPON OF WAR WINS DICK SCHERPENZEEL PRICE 2009

On Thursday the 27th of May, Femke en Ilse van Velzen received in Amsterdam the prestigious Dick Scherpenzeel Award for best Dutch Journalistic production for their documentary ?Weapon of War, confessions of rape in Congo were perpetrators reveille their motives to rape in wartimes?. IF The Jury, chaired by former correspondent of the newspaper NRC Handelsblad Froukje Santing, ruled that the filmmakers captured ?the complete helplessness of reconciliation in a country that is torn apart by violence and rape?. ?The message, the theme and the cinematographic moments fall magnificently together. This is a journalistic production off the highest level.?The Dick Scherpenzeel Prize is annually awarded to journalistic productions that provide an insight into developmental issues and/or about non-western countries. Previous winners of the Dick Scherpenzeel Prize are: radio reporter Jacqueline Maris, Dick Wittenberg NRC journalist, photographer Kadir van Lohuijzen, freelance Tjitske Lingsma and journalist Joris Luyendijk..For more information: http://www.scherpenzeel.org/


WEAPON OF WAR FIRST TIME BROADCASTED ON TELEVISION

We are very happy to announce that Weapon of War will be broadcastedon the Belgium television (VRT/CANVAS). WEAPON OF WAR VRT/Canvas, program Panorama (Belgi� 2) Sunday 30th of MAY at 20:10. For more information: canvas


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NEWSLETTER MAY 2010


IF IN NEW YORK

On the 11th of May we travelled to New York to show Weapon of War and start networking there. We started our first day in the Big Apple with a film screening organized by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations, UniFem and UN Action. The diverse audience consisted of UN ambassadors and personnel, civil society partners, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and journalists. We managed to reach a very big target audience. After the screening of Weapon of War we joined a panel discussion with special guests from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, and Major General Patrick Cammaert, former Force Commander of MONUC in Eastern Congo. Because this screening had been fully booked within a day, we decided together with the Dutch Permanent Mission to organize a second screening for the following week. In short, the film was very well received.


IF IN WASHINGTON, DC

On our first day in Washington, DC we had various meetings including one at the U.S. Department of State with the policy advisor for Africa at the Secretary?s Office of Global Women?s Issues. Together we looked for possible future platforms to screen Weapon of War. The next day we had a film screening at the United States Institute of Peace as part of a conference on the gender dimensions of conflict, especially how conflict changes gender roles. One of the focal points of the conference was the importance of understanding the motives of perpetrators that commit gender-based violence in conflicts. Weapon of War complemented this theme perfectly and was very well received. After his introduction of the film and filmmakers, Major General Patrick Cammaert joined us for a panel discussion after the film.


TO BE CONTINUED?

We worked around the clock on our ten-day trip to the United States to meet as many people as possible and create a network for our future endeavours. With the 10th anniversary of UNSCR Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security coming up in October 2010, we are now working hard with the organisations and governments we met in the USA to see how we can use our film Weapon of War to draw more attention to the ever-worsening situation in Congo. We hope to return to the United States this Fall to raise yet more awareness on the topic of sexual violence.


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NEWSLETTER MAY 2010


WEAPON OF WAR WINS AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AWARD!

At the 7th Planet Doc Review Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland, our documentary WEAPON OF WAR received the Amnesty International Award. We are very proud to win this award and be acknowledged for the hard work we and our film crew have put into this film. It also gives us strength to continue the fight against sexual violence. The Jury?s comments:?The Jury recognizes the subtlety with which the film portrays the crime of rape committed on thousands of women in the wartime Republic of Congo. The film is a stirring record of a reconciliation process, in which the camera plays an essential part. The filmmakers go beyond mere description of the crimes, searching for solutions that would allow the victims and perpetrators to reclaim their sense of dignity.?We thank the festival, the Jury and the great Polish audience that participated in this important festival.


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NEWSLETTER APRIL 2010


HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL IN GENEVA

We were invited to show Weapon of War at a special parallel event at the 13th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23rd March. The organisation Femmes Africa Solidarit� organized this parallel event to talk and debate about the situation of women in the DRC, under the title ?Women in the DRC: The Context of Abuse. What They Face, Why, and How to Progress?. After the film, we joined a debate with panel members: Mr. Richard Lukunda, Assistant to the Minister of Human Rights in DRC. Mrs. Bente Angell-Hansen, Ambassador of the Norwegian Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva. Mr. Scott Campbell, Head of Africa Field Programs of OHCHR. Yao Agbetse, International Advocacy and Training Director, Franciscans International.

Ilse: It was great to be able to bring the film to this special parallel event at the Human Rights Council and to share our knowledge there. Film is a powerful medium and creates an instant interesting conversation?.

UNIVERSITY TOUR IN LONDON

After our visit to Geneva, we flew straight to London to show our film Weapon of War at different Universities. Firstly Weapon of War was screened at the Human Rights Centre / University of Essex in Colchester and subsequently at the School of Advanced Study / University of London. We were present to give an introduction and after the film we answered questions from the audience. Showing our films at Universities is very important for us, because students are the future and they have great spirits and enthusiasm to help us in the fight against sexual violence in the DRC. We hope to start new University tours soon in many other countries.


WEAPON OF WAR IN BELGRADE Last week we were in Belgrade, Serbia, because Weapon of War was screening at the 57th Belgrade International Film Festival. This year, the Festival included the new program VRELO! (Hot!) for the first time. The Festival?s organizing committee established this program in cooperation with NGOs that are posing similar questions that are raised in the films. The aim of the program is to find some answers in the interactive dialogue between filmmakers, audience, and experts. Film is an excellent medium to start discussions and dialogue about topics with taboos. Femke: During the festival we discovered that there are a lot of taboos in Serbia around the following topics: domestic and sexual violence, homosexuality and war crimes. Therefore, we think it is a breakthrough that the festival screens films like ours?. We met up with many women?s organisations and NGOs and talked about the power of film to break taboos in the Balkans. It?s great to be connected to the Serbian women?s network so we can see how we can contribute to their fight too.

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NEWSLETTER MARCH 2010


WEAPON OF WAR SHOWN IN SWEDISH PARLIAMENT

Last week, Ilse & Femke travelled to Stockholm by invitation of the Swedish Military Armed Forces and the Swedish Parliament to share their knowledge about the ongoing sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. During their visit, their documentary Weapon of War was screened and followed by debates at the Swedish Parliament and the national Defence College. Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, the Swedish Minister of Development, gave an inspiring speech about the need for the European Union and the Swedish Government in particular to do more to end the conflict.

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FIGHTING THE SILENCE SOLD TO ITALIAN TELEVISION The Italian television, recently bought our 2007 documentary Fighting the Silence, which documents the consequences of rape for victims, their families and communities in the Congo. Two years later, Fighting the Silence is still being screened all over the world and in the next months it will be shown at the following festivals:
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WHEN FESTIVAL/EVENT WHERE

May 2010

Seoul Human Rights Film Festival

Seoul Korea

30 April / 9 May

Human Rights Arts and Film Festival

Melbourne Australia

2/11 April 

The Festival International de Films de Femmes

Créteil France

Whole year 2010

WATCH DOCS travelling Film Festival. In 2010 Fighting the Silence travels to central libraries and Polish universities.

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UP-COMING FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN MARCH
WHEN FESTIVAL/EVENT WHERE
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17 March

Cinema: Kriterion (Directors present for Q&A)

Amsterdam The Netherlands

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21 March

Cinema: Focus (Directors present for Q&A)

Arnhem The Netherlands

more info

21 March

Cinema: Filmhuis Den Haag (Directors present for Q&A)

The Hague The Netherlands

more info

22 March

Cinema: Vera Zienema

Groningen The Netherlands

more info

23 March

Screening and panel debate during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council Organized by: Femmes Africa Solidarité (Directors present)

Geneva Switzerland

more info

24 March

University of Essex, Human Rights Centre (Directors present)

London United Kindom

more info

25 March

University of Nothingham (Directors present)

Nothingham United Kindom

more info

25 March

University of London, School of Advanced Study (Directors present)

London United Kindom

more info

27 March

Movies that Matters Film Festival (Directors present)

The Hague The Netherlands

more info

30 March

Movies that Matters Film Festival (Directors present)

The Hague The Netherlands

more info

30 March / 03 April

Belgrade Documentary Film Festival (Directors present)

Belgrade Serbia

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NEWSLETTER FEB 2010


SELECTED FOR MORE FESTIVALS

After a successful IDFA, we have been working very hard to get the documentary out in the world. We have submitted Weapon of War to more than 60 film festivals worldwide and will continue doing this for other upcoming festivals. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible. The film has been selected already for many festivals. Check the list on weaponofwar.nl.


WEAPON OF WAR IN DUTCH CINEMAS If you have not seen the documentary Weapon of War yet, this is your chance! Every month Movies That Matter organizes together with Dutch film theatres in the Netherlands a special human right documentary night. In the month March, Weapon of War will show in 10 different cinemas. The directors Ilse & Femke van Velzen are present at most screenings for a discussion afterwards. From the 25th till the 31th of March, Weapon of War will screened at the Movies That Matter Film Festival in The Hague. www.moviesthatmatterfestival.nl
CITY  DATE  TIME  CINEMA/FILM THEATRE 
Utrecht Monday 01/03 19:00hr Louis Hartlooper Complex
Amersfoort Wednesday 03/03 19:30hr Cinema: Lieve Vrouw
Goes Monday 08/03 19:30hr Cin�ma: Podium 't Beest
Maastricht Monday 15/03 19:30hr Cinema Lumi�re
Amsterdam Wednesday 17/03 19:30hr Cin�ma: Kriterion
Arnhem Sunday 21/03 15:00hr Cin�ma: Focus
Den Haag Sunday 21/03 21:00hr Filmhuis Den Haag
Groningen Monday 22/03 21:00hr Cinema: Vera Zienema
Den Haag Saturday 27/03 14:30hr Filmhuis Den Haag
Rotterdam Sunday 28/03 15:00hr Cinema: Lantaren/Venster
Den Haag Tuesday 30/03 21:30hr Filmhuis Den Haag

CONFRONTING SOLDIERS IN DRC THROUGH FILM

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The power of film, that is what Ilse & Femke believe in! Besides creating global awareness about the problems in the Congo, they are developing together with Whyze, an Educational Film Project to confront the soldiers of Congo?s national army (FARDC) with the consequences of rape. Within the FARDC many soldiers and reintegrated ex-rebels have committed rape-related crimes. At the same time, training on conduct and ethics is limited to initiatives that insufficiently touch upon sexual violence and make use of traditional pedagogic tools that are little effective for illiterate soldiers. In order to be able to stop violence against women it is important that Congo?s military personnel is confronted with the topic through testimonies of victims, perpetrators and military and juridical experts. Ilse van Velzen: ?Most soldiers in the Congo rape or use sexual violence during their military expeditions. They don?t look back on their acts and they will not think about the consequences for the victims, family and community. With the Film project we confront them with real stories, so there is no escape for them to ignore the damage they do?. Film-based education is powerful because it shares the thoughts and experiences of real people; viewers can relate to them. Film is also remembered in a strong manner and will provoke emotions that help viewers to reflect on their own situation. Eventually it will stimulate them to become an actor of change. This project does not replace other types of military training but complements it. Femke van Velzen: ?Film is a very powerful tool! We know how to make strong educational films with a very effective impact. Because we have been working on sexual violence for the last five years in DRC and know all different layers involved, we know it will have an impact and reaches soldiers?. On the basis of the existing footage shot for Weapon of War and Fighting the Silence, approximately five educational films will be edited, each dealing with different topics. Together, those films form a training cycle that will be shown in military camps in five provinces of eastern Congo. A number of qualified Congolese military will be trained to become moderator for the project. They will learn how to facilitate film screenings and how to guide the debate with their fellow-soldiers afterwards. A handbook including practical guidance on the facilitation of the films will be developed as mental aid for the trainers. The exact content of the education tool will be determined with input from international and Congolese military experts in order to identify the issues that are of most importance when organising training for the FARDC. So far, two preliminary visits have been made to Congo in order to discuss the first ideas on project with the Congolese military hierarchy and other important international actors working on military reform such as the Dutch government, MONUC, USAID and the Belgian and French government. First reactions to the initiative have been very positive and praise the innovative and creative contribution it provides to rebuilding Congo?s army. Nynke Douma: ?We choose for a set-up of the project in which Congo?s army plays an active role in supporting and executing the project. This will help to generate ownership, with the ultimate goal of stimulating the inclusion of training on human rights violations within Congo?s official military educational curriculum.? (MORE INFO: http://weaponofwar.nl/outreach.php)

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NEWSLETTER NOV 2009


Last Saturday the 21st of November Weapon of War had it�s world premiere in a sold out Tuschinski 1 at IDFA in Amsterdam. After a beautiful speech from the Minister for Development, Bert Koenders, we watched the film together with 800 friends, family and colleagues for the very first time. From now on WEAPON OF WAR will travel from festival to festival all over the world. If you want to know more about where the film is screening, check our NEW website once in a while: www.weaponofwar.nl


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NEWSLETTER NOV 2009


IF IN TALKSHOW PAUW & WITTEMAN

On Friday the 20th of November we put the focus back on the situation in Congo as guests in the TV Talkshow �Pauw & Wittenman� on Dutch Television Channel NED 1. Presenters Jeroen Pauw & Paul Wittenman will talk with us about our new documentary Weapon of War that will premiere during the IDFA in Amsterdam. Talk show starts LIVE from 23:00 hrs till 00:00 hrson Channel NED 1


TONIGHT in NOS NEWS

In a news item we share our experiences of making our new documentary Weapon of War. Watch it tonight the 18th of November on Channel NED 3 at 22:50 (after sport news).


WORLD PREMIERE: OPENING BY MINISTER KOENDERS

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On November the 21st IFPRODUCTIONS� new documentary �WEAPON OF WAR� has its world premiere during the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in Amsterdam. The premiere will take place in Tuschinski 1, the most beautiful cinema in the Netherlands. We are very proud that the Minister for Development, Bert Koenders will open the world premiere.

WEAPON OF WAR SCREENINGS AT IDFA
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The World premiere WEAPON OF WAR on 21th of November is Sold Out!If you don�t have tickets for the premi�re, you can also see the film during IDFA:Monday the 23th November at 13:30 hrs in Tuschinski 2Thursday the 26th November at 22:00 hrs in Munt 12www.idfa.nl

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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2009


WEAPON OF WAR Confessions of rape in Congo

We are very proud to announce that our new documentary �WEAPON OF WAR� has its world premiere during the 22nd edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the largest documentary film festival in the world. You can expect the invitation for the world premiere soon!


The premiere is on Saturday, November 21st at 14.00 hrs in Theatre Path� Tuschinski 1 in Amsterdam.Our documentary is nominated for the section �Premieres from the Lowlands� and also competes for the new �IDFA Best Dutch Documentary Award� and the IDFA Audience award.

Synopsis Wherever war breaks out, men with guns rape. In the Democratic Republic of Congo possibly hundreds of thousands of women and girls were brutally raped. In Weapon of War military perpetrators unveil the hidden motives and strategies of rape as a war crime. An ex-rebel explains how he raped. Like for many, starting a normal life again is a struggle filled with trauma. In an attempt to reconcile with his past, he meets one of his victims. Captain Basima is working as a priest in Congo�s army and confronts perpetrators of rape. He urges them to change. Just like he did.

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NEWSLETTER MEI 2009


BROADCAST on AL JAZEERA

AL JAZEERA English bought our film Fighting the Silence at the beginning of this year. Right now it is broadcast on their documentary channel ?Witness?. Presenter Rageh Omaar talked with us in an exclusive interview in London about the challenges we encountered in making the film and how we brought the film back to Congo. Click on this link to watch the interview: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/witness/ 2009/05/2009513173056333810.html Be aware, the interview is devided into 4 parts


TV Channel ?HET GESPREK? & Fighting the Silence broadcast

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On Friday the 29th of May we will be guests on the TV program ?een Goede Wereld? on Dutch Digital Television Channel ?Het Gesprek?. Presenter Lennart Booij will talk with us about our documentary Fighting the Silence, The Mobile Cinema project and our new film ?Into the Heart of Darkness?. Talk show from 19:00 till 20:00 on Channel ?Het Gesprek?. After the talkshow, our documentary, Fighting the Silence, will be broadcast again from 20:00 till 21:00 and later again a rebroadcast after the BBC news at 22:40. For more details and to find out on which Channel you can find ?Het Gesprek? / een Goede Wereld go to: http://www.hetgesprek.nl/postcodecheck. Or watch it online on their website. Fighting the Silence, broadcast from 20:00 till 21:00 on Channel ?Het Gesprek?
If you are not able to watch the documentary on the 29th of May, you can go to www.hetgesprek.nl and watch it online.

IF on ?Eén Vandaag?
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On Tuesday the 26th of May we put the focus back on the situation in Congo in 'E�nVandaag' on Nederland 1.In this item we share our experiences of making our new documentary ?Into the heart of Darkness?, where we talked with different rebels and soldiers who have commited sexual violence in DRC. The main question is; Why do they rape?'E�nVandaag' on the 26th of November 2009on channel NED1 From 20:00 till 20:40 hrs.
The item can also be viewed on the website. If you would like to view this item again, go to www.eenvandaag.nl.

UP COMING FESTIVALS
FIGHTING THE SILENCE is travelling all over the world, from festival to festival.At the end of April we travelled to Bahrain to screen our film at their Human Rights Film Festival. It was great to be invited as this is the only Human Rights Film Festival in the Gulf, making it very special and important. Screenings coming up: Documentary Fighting the Silence• Rwanda Film Festival 12/18 June in Rwanda/KigaliCairo Refugee Film Festival 17/20 June in Egypt/ CairoIf you want to know more about where the film is screening worldwide, check our website once in a while: www.fightingthesilence.com

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NEWSLETTER APRIL 2009


IF Back in Amsterdam
After weeks of filming in the east of Congo we returned to Amsterdam with amazing footage. The storylines of our two main characters, a Mai Mai rebel and a captain from the National Army turned out to be very strong. They both try to overcome the war crimes they committed, find forgiveness with their families and victims to build up their new life. Besides these strong storylines, we also managed to interview many rebels, warlords and soldiers from the National Army. They openly told us how they plundered and raped. In most cases they felt no regret for their actions. We started editing this new film. It?s going to be an impressive story that has never been told before. We will release the documentary at the end of this year. april

FIGHTING THE SILENCE 2nd time on Dutch television
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We are very happy to announce that on the 7th of April, IKON will broadcast our documentary FIGHTING THE SILENCE for the 2nd time. It will be broadcasted under the Dutch name "DOORBREEK HET ZWIJGEN". DOORBREEK HET ZWIJGEN (Fighting the Silence) IKON ? Nederland 2 (NED 2) 7th of April at 23.25 If you will not be able to see the documentary on the 7th of April, you can go to www.uitzendinggemist.nl and watch it online.

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NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2009


IF GOES BACK TO CONGO
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In a few days we will travel back to the east of Congo to shoot the second part of our new film INTO THE HEART OF DARKNESS. This documentary looks at the troubled minds of rebels and soldiers that are committing rape and war crimes during the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We will meet those that fight, murder, loot and rape. We try to understand what goes on in the deepest of their souls in order to understand the dark motives that are pushing them to rape. The coming five weeks we will follow two main characters that are on a personal mission. The Mai Mai rebel from a Congolese rebel group deeply regrets his brutal actions, asks forgiveness to his family and reconciles with one of his rape victims. A Captain from the National army is on a mission to educate soldiers and rebels about the painful and destructive consequences of their behaviour. Apart from these two main characters the film will present numerous rebels and soldiers that speak openly about why and how they raped and that they, in most of the cases, feel no regret. We will be in Congo from the 5th of February till the 12th of March.

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2008 was a very successful year for us. A year in which we won 4 awards with our film 'Fighting the Silence'. The film travelled around the world, but we also brought it back to Congo for educational purposes. This has been a great achievement and that's why we would like to share it with you. To get a brief impression, click on this film link. 2009 many great plans lie ahead of us. Early February we go back to Congo to finish our new film about the dark minds of rebels and armed forces. It will also be the year in which we launch this documentary and start up another big project.

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