AFEW International: Movie Screening (SOLD OUT!)

On the 22th of July, the unique and very intense animation ‘Kostya Proletarsky will be released in the Netherlands. The animation tells the story of a HIV activist who used drugs and who died after being mistreated and tortured in Russian prison. The evening is hosted by AFEW International. The film screening is followed by a debate about drug policy in Russia.  

The launch of the short film will take place inside ‘Het Vrijpaleis against the background of the Dutch Drugs Stories photo exhibition.


An expert panel will guide the debate after the movie. The panel consists of:

  • – Anke van Dam, executive director of AFEW International,
  • – Anna Sarang, public health activist, the president and a founder of Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (ARF),
  • – Gerda van ‘t Hoff, former strategic adviser Custodial Institutions Agency
  • – Machteld Busz, Director at Mainline Foundation


Visitors are welcome starting 18:00h and can take their time to visit the photo expo. The film starts at 19:00h, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A at 19:30h. After the discussion, around 20:15h, there is time for drinks and for seeing the expo.

A short introduction to the animation:

On 19 June 2009 Kostya 
Proletarsky, a drug user and HIV activist, died of tuberculosis meningitis at the Botkin Hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. His death was the result of three years of mistreatment and torture at the prison facility No. 4 in Karelia, Russia. In Russia, where drug treatment is barely available, imprisonment becomes the main “solution” to the problem of drug addiction. But unfortunately, these institutions don’t cure. Instead, prisons kill.  
The animated hand drawn documentary, featuring the original audio interview with Kostya and his mother, Irina, aims to commemorate Kostya Proletarsky and many others who have not survived prison systems around the world.  
The animated movie is produced by the Rights Reporter Foundation, narrated by Anya Sarang, directed by István Gábor Takács, and is hand drawn frame by frame by Lili Rontó. 

22 juli 2020

Doors open: 18:00h, movie starts at 19:00h

Het Vrijpaleis - Paleisstraat 107, 1012 ZL Amsterdam