This year, humanity is taking the center stage of the debates. Join Ai Weiwei and the jury members of the Millenium Festival as they review the selected documentaries.

Members of TheMerode have the rare opportunity to join the Jury Days of the Millenium Festival from March 27th to March 29th. During 3 days, an international panel of film and cultural experts will assess the top 10 documentaries, before awarding the winners on April 6.  

“Towards the invisible realities” is the theme of this 15th edition marked by the desire to make visible people whose destiny is not sewn with white threads and who stand out for their disruptive force, their power to act and their luminous energy. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to discover the films in preview alongside this year’s jury presided by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

About Millenium Festival (26.03 – 06.04)

Founded in 2009, the MILLENIUM Festival is a major film event that takes place every year in Brussels. Highlighting international documentaries whose themes are linked to the major challenges and objectives of the 21st century adopted by the United Nations, the Festival presents and promotes a unique selection of films from all over the world. Our manifesto: Combining art and commitment. Shake up the way we look at things. Multiplying visions of reality.

Jury Members 2023:

Ai Weiwei, Artist and Human Rights Defender — Honorary President of the Jury (China)

Paul Rassam — Producer (France/US)

Elisheva Weil — Actress (Israel)

Wim Willaert — Actor (Belgium)

Antonio Vigilante — United Nations Representative (Italy)

Nadejda Ilieva — Artistic Director (Georgia)



  • 10h – 11h30 — Elephant Mother – Jez Lewis
  • 11h45 – 13h — If you are a man – Simon Panay
  • 14h – 15h30 — Burning Flower – Won Ho Yeon
  • 15h45 – 17h30 — Ithaka : A fight to free Julian Assange – Ben Lawrence


  • 10h- 11h45 — Bad Axe – David Siev
  • 12h – 13h15 — Polaris – Ainara Vera
  • 14h – 15h30 — The Hamlet Syndrome – Elwira Niewiera & Piotr Rosolowski
  • 15h45 – 17h30 — Geographies of solitude – Jacqueline Mills


  • 10h – 12h — Bobi Wine : The people’s president – Christopher Sharpe & Moses Bwayo
  • 12h – 13h — Waters of Pastaza – Ines T. Alves
  • 14h – 15h — Destiny – Yaser Talebi
  • 15h15 – 16h30 — Lazaro and the shark – William Sabourin O’Reilly

Timing Jury Days:

From March 27th to March 29th.

  • 10 AM — 6 PM > Documentary screenings


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