Human Rights Weekend 2020

Find out where you stand and learn more about human rights, by participating in a weekend of films, discussions and more. Discover the festival from 6 – 8 February 2020 at De Balie.

Human Rights Watch, De Balie and partners present the eighth edition of Human Rights Weekend. We invite you to reflect: What is your opinion on important human rights issues of our time? How are you indirectly involved in human rights violations elsewhere? What role could you play in defending human rights?

Find out where you stand and learn more about human rights, by participating in a weekend of films, discussions and more. Meet film directors, Human Rights Watch researchers, journalists and others and discover your position on topics such as the link between human rights violations and your clothing, the struggles involved in being intersex, and the use of protest as a tool for change.

The event covers a wide range of countries, from France to China and from Bangladesh to Chile. Join us in Amsterdam, and find out where you stand.

All programs will be in English.


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Weekend Program

Thursday 6 February

19:00 / Opening Night: Nae Pasaran
Keynote of Human Rights Watch’s China researcher, followed by the Dutch premiere of Nae Pasaran (2018) and Q&A with the film director Felipe Bustos Sierra. This special evening will be hosted by NOS presenter Simone Weimans. Join us on our opening night!

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Friday 7 February

19:30 / Made in Bangladesh
Dutch premiere of Made in Bangladesh (2019) followed by a discussion about human rights violations in the clothing industry. Where do we, the consumers, governments and brands stand? What can we do?

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Saturday 8 February

13:30 / European Sneak Preview 
Join us for an exclusive European sneak preview of a history-making documentary film about modern-day political power struggles. A must-see for anyone eager to make sense of recent history.

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16:00 / No Box For Me. An Intersex Story 
Dutch premiere of No Box For Me. An Intersex Story (2018) followed by a discussion. Wat does it mean to be intersex in the Netherlands as well as abroad?

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18:00 / China Program: Expert Talk + Leftover Women
This year’s special China program kicks off with an expert talk with Human Rights Watch’s China Researcher and others about the worrying developments in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. In addition, we will screen the Dutch premiere of Leftover Women (2019), a documentary about women in China being pressured to get married.

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21:00 / Practice or Preach? Protest Anno 2020 
Together with happyChaos you will dive into mass movements through an interactive program: a dialogue between generations, (ex-)activists, experts, artists and clicktivists.

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How can I purchase a Passepartout or Day pass?
Use any ticket-link of an HRWeekend event to purchase a Passepartout or Day pass. With these passes you still need to reserve your seats for the events you wish to attend by selecting the Passepartout or Day pass ticket-option in the corresponding ticket-link.


6-8 February 2020

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