Check out the latest films on international law at the Movies that Matter Festival 2016

The Movies that Matter Festival 2016 takes place from March 18 -26  in The Hague, presenting over 70 motion pictures and documentaries. The programme 'Camera Justitia' includes nine fiction films and documentaries, dozens of post-screening discussions and a master class on justice and international law which will be taught by ICTY Prosecutor, Mr. Serge Brammertz.  Oscar-nominated motion picture 'Krigen '  (A War) will kick off this year’s edition on Friday 18 March. The film, produced by Tobias Lindholm (Kapringen) and starring Pilou Asbaek (Borgen), shows how an army commander engaged in armed combat in Afghanistan finds himself facing trial after making a tricky decision in a combat situation. Suddenly his struggle takes on an entirely different dimension. Read more about the many fascinating films and highlights that year's edition of the Movies that Matter Festival has in store for us. Poster Krigen ( A War) - Denmark

The documentary Guantanamo's Child is about 28-year-old Omar Khadr who, after thirteen years in Guantanamo Bay, is unexpectedly released in 2015. Together with his attorney, the native Canadian looks back on his arrest in Afghanistan and years of imprisonment and torture. Former soldiers describe Khadr as a terrorist, although he looked more like a naive teenager back then. Can children be held responsible for their acts? Filmmaker and experts will attend the festival to reflect on the topic of this film.

The Dutch premiere of the film The Prosecutor, the Defender, the Father and His Son will take place at the Movies that Matter Festival. A seemingly innocent boy gets caught up in a fierce battle between the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and an ambitious lawyer. How far will they go to uncover the truth? Before the screening of this fiction film on Wednesday 23 March Mr. Serge Brammertz, the actual Prosecutor of the ICTY, will present the Camera Justitia Masterclass and reflect on the topic of this film. Mr. Brammertz will speak about his work at the tribunal and his perspectives on  international criminal law. The Prosecutor will answer questions from professionals and students.  (Entrance is free; reservation via

A Haunting History DocumentaryThe documentary film A Haunting History is about 30-year old barrister Anuol Deng. He studied law in England and now returns to his homeland South Sudan to help with the reconstruction of this new nation, in which everyone should have the right to justice. It turns out to be a painstaking and frustrating effort. Many South Sudanese people yearn for peace and reconciliation. But what role does the legal system play in all this? Directors Ilse and Femke van Velzen and lawyer Anuol Deng will attend the Dutch premiere of the film on Sunday 20 March. Ilse and Femke van Velzen are certainly no strangers to the Peace Palace Library ;  in 2012, we organized a movie screening of their documentary ‘Justice for Sale’,  about the crimimal justice system in the Congo.  You can read more about this event here.

Their latest documentary  A Haunting History will also be screened on Thursday March 24 at the Camera Justitia Night, when an international expert jury will hand out the Camera Justitia Award. This € 5,000  award is presented to the director of the winning film of the Camera Justitia competition on law and justice. International criminal defense lawyer Bart Stapert will be the host of this festive night on law and justice.

 Fiction film Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer  is about the courageous attorney-general Fritz Bauer who had little faith in the legal system of post-war Germany at the end of the 1950s. That is why he decided to contact the Israeli secret service, the Mossad, in his search for Adolf Eichmann, the top Nazi war criminal and fugitive. However, in doing so, does he commit high treason?

Main festival locations are Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater aan het Spui.

The full programme will be available on 1 March and ticket sales will start on 3 March.

The Peace Palace Library is pleased to give away 3 free tickets to a regular film screenings at the festival. If you’re interested in obtaining a free ticket, please send an email to  We are looking forward to seeing you at the festival!

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