Václav Havel Jury
Born in the Ukraine, Alina is a scriptwriter, film producer and cultural promoter. She moved to Azerbaijan when she was 17. In 2006 she produced her first short film, Try Not to Breathe. A year later she founded the independent company Motor Film Productions in Azerbaijan, creating films such as The Matchmaker and Keep Hanging! Alina is also a women rights activist who founded the gender initiative woMEN, which produces short films and organises educational workshops for female directors whose main film characters are men.
Born in Russian Sochi, Irina is a journalist. Since 2002 she has worked for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, covering issues of human rights, war conflicts, terrorism and extremism. For many years she has specialised in the regions of North Caucasus (Dagestan), South and North Osetia, Georgia, Kabardino-Balkaria and Kharachaevo-Cherkessia. Irina frequently criticises the policy of the Russian Federation in the Caucasus. In 2009 she was kidnapped in Dagestan. She was the first reporter to write about the personality of a suicide bomber in the Moscow metro station in 2010. In 2012 Irina was awarded the prize of Dagestanian League of Journalist for “Creation and tolerance”.
Jacqueline is co-chair of the Human Rights and Democracy Network, a platform of 48 NGOs from across Europe working to promote and protect human rights. Specialising in EU human rights policy, she has worked for a number of years to support local civil society organisations dedicated to human rights, democracy and accountability, focussing on the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. She has guest lectured at the universities of Oxford, Ghent and Tbilisi and has written for a variety of publications on protecting human rights and supporting democracy in authoritarian countries. Currently she is Head of Advocacy with Save the Children in Brussels and leads the organisation’s policy advocacy towards the EU on the protection of children’s rights in humanitarian crises.
Mon Mon is an independent writer, journalist and producer from Burma. In 2013 she organised the first edition of the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Burma. She works as a freelance journalist, contributing for Spectrum, Bangkok Post newspapers. She has also written for news agencies, including AFP, IPS and IRIN News. Her first documentary film, The Floating Tomatoes, which she produced, won second prize in the ASEAN Festival of Photos – Reportage – Documentary Film 2010 held in Vietnam. Her later productions include the films Transparency or Accountability in Practice and An Old Man’s Homesickness. Currently she is working on a documentary project of Aung San Suu Kyi’s biography.