True Heroes Films was established in 2006 in the Netherlands and moved in 2013 to Geneva.  

A core team of award winning filmmakers, communication specialists and developers with knowledge and experience in human rights is governed by a committee comprising prominent human rights practitioners and experts. Our revenue comes from projects and partnerships.


True Heroes Films produces films in a variety of formats, from short films and social media clips, to portraits and longer form documentaries covering a range of human rights issues.


We work with our partners to choose the best messages, tone and tools to engage target audiences.


Multi-cam live-streaming, broadcast quality footage, high-end audiovisuals. Interviews on the spot and summaries, give events greater exposure and lasting value.


We teach creative storytelling, how to engage with people when filming and technical expertise including camera work, editing, documentation and security.


We work with major media outlets like BBC, TV Monde, The Guardian and The New York Times. And organisations like the UN, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International as well as Governments. 


We have a fully equipped studio in Geneva, next to the UN building and at the centre of international human rights work.


We have to work often in countries with a hostile environment for human rights. For reason of safety only the Committee members are mentioned here. Names of the team are available upon request..


Gisella Reina was in charge of donor relations at the International Commission of Jurists and other NGOs specialised in emergency aid and food security. Prior to that, Gisella worked as an Economic advisor for various consulting and engineering firms, and as expert in evaluation of development programmes and development of project planning capabilities. Gisella Reina is also the chair of Huridocs.


Hans Thoolen started as founder of the Dutch Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (NJCM), became Executive Secretary of the International Commission of Jurists, first Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and served 15 years in the UN. He was co-founder of HURIDOCS, International Alert, True Heroes Films and the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.

Margaret Sekaggya

Margaret Sekaggya is a Ugandan lawyer and academic who was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders from 2008 to 2014. She has both taught law and practiced as Judge of the High Court of Uganda and is the Chairperson of the Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC). She is the author of many publications on constitutional issues, human rights and environmental law.

Julia Duchrow

Julia Duchrow is an international human rights lawyer currently Head, Human Rights and Peace Desk, Brot für die Welt, Berlin. With 15 years working in human rights, refugee law and counter terrorism issues, she has served with Amnesty International, Germany and for her law degree among others with Human Rights Watch, New York and the Office of Foreign Affairs, Berlin.

John Horekens

John Horekens is a former UNHCR Director with extensive Field and HQ experience. He was also IFRC’s Director for External Relations, UN’s Coordinator for the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (Kobe, Japan), and for the 3rd Early Warning Conference (Bonn, Germany). He is currently an independent consultant in humanitarian affairs.