Requiem for Justice is an annual global festival showcasing the transformative power of art in the fight against injustice. It offers a profound reflection on human shortcomings amidst today’s challenges and envisions a brighter, more just future.

After a triumphant festival in the high altitudes of Mexico City in 2023, Action for Hope, the civil society network behind Requiem for Justice, brings the festival to the picturesque city of bikes and canals: Amsterdam.

Over the course of four inspiring days, immerse yourself in thought-provoking discussions, captivating concerts, film screenings, and dynamic theater performances by more than 60 artists, writers, and civil society activists from across the globe. This event is a celebration of resilience, a chance to forge connections with a diverse community, and an exploration of what is possible—and, perhaps more importantly, what is seemingly impossible but crucial to strive for.

Join us for an exciting, free programme on day 1 and day 2 of the festival at Pakhuis de Zwijger. Whether you pop in for a session or stay for the whole day, you’re welcome! Between the sessions, you can enjoy a delicious dinner at our cafe. Find all the cafe details here.

For more information about the entire festival programme, please visit Action for Hope’s website.

Friday Programme
14:00 - 15:30 | Finding the Lost Island 1 | Panel | @ Studio

Panel discussion on the relationship between civil society organizations and their funders. Moderated by Philip Himberg.

16:00 - 17:30 | Finding the Lost Island 2 | Panel | @ Studio

Panel discussion on the relationship between civil society organizations and their funders. Moderated by Nadim Houry.

18:00 - 20:15 | The Teacher (UK/Palestine) | Film screening + Q&A | @ Studio

A Palestinian schoolteacher struggles to reconcile his risky commitment to political resistance with the chance of a new relationship with volunteer-worker Lisa and his emotional support for one of his students Adam. In collaboration with Film Lab Palestine. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, moderated by Hanna Atallah.

More about the speakers and performers…

Philip Himberg serves as Vice-President of the Board for Action for Hope. For 24 years, Mr. Himberg was the Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program where he created international exchange across Eastern Africa, the Middle East and North Africa. Previously, he served as Executive Director of MacDowell, America’s first and largest artist residency. His a theatre director and playwright. His original play, “Paper Dolls” had its world premiere at the Kiln Theatre in London. He currently works as a consultant for: “The Artist Home”, which looks to support and uplift artist communities. He has been a doctor of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture since 1984 and now lives in Lisboa, Portugal.

Nadim Houry is an international lawyer and public policy expert with extensive experience working in the Middle East & North Africa region. He is currently the executive director of the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI), a leading regional think tank with offices in Paris, Beirut and Tunis, working for democratic and accountable governance as well as social and environmental justice. Prior to ARI, Nadim worked at Human Rights Watch and the UN. He has published widely and is often quoted in local and international media. A passionate advocate for change in the region, he has addressed the Security Council and the European Parliament on challenges and opportunities in the Arab region.

Hanna Atallah, is a filmmaker, producer and cultural art manager, based between Berlin and Jerusalem. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies from the High Institute of Cinema in the Egyptian Academy of Arts. His experience covers filmmaking projects, both fiction and documentary.

Atallah aims to empower unheard voices throughout his professional career. With the creation of the non-profit organisation of “Filmlab: Palestine” in 2014 in Ramallah, he developed a platform to activate cinema culture, work on audience awareness and invest in professional knowledge exchange in Palestine, which opened the door for a regional and international network for Palestinian film professionals. Moreover, Atallah was the initiator, producer and manager of the Palestinian Memory Documentation Project in Talbiyeh Refugee Camp in Jordan. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Palestine Cinema Days.