Netherlands Embassy in Tirana, Albania

Human Rights Day 2014: Looking Back

By former Deputy Head of Mission Gilles Bauwens

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Albania marked Human Rights Day 2014 (December 10th) by organizing a ‘Movies that Matter Marathon’, which consisted of screenings of several human rights films.

Films included in Movies that Matter, an initiative originating from Amnesty International, bring up human rights issues and thus raise awareness and promote public debate.

In 2014, the following films were shown in Tirana, around the 10th of December: Sound of Torture, A River Changes Course, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus, Viva Cuba Libre: Rap is War, Eufrosina's revolution and Children 404. On Human Rights Day itself, prospective Ambassador Dewi van de Weerd attended a screening in Tirana’s Ali Demi women’s prison.

The screenings were organized in cooperation with several partner organizations: Mjaft/Multi Media Activism Platform; European Centre; Marin Barleti University/Albanian Institute for Political Affairs (AIPA); Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA); ShqipOn; Aleanca LGBT; Pink Embassy; Act for Society; Prison Directorate, Ministry of Justice; Tirana Ekspres; Albanian Institute for International Studies (AIIS).

Around 350 viewers were attracted by all the 14 screenings together. Several of these screenings included a discussion with invited speakers.

As one of the visitors said: “By becoming part of movies on human rights we can see clearly what is happening in different times and places. I think they are very significant and should be followed”.