Ma3mal612 to Collaborate with Yemen Will Triumph NGO

We would like to welcome the ‘Yemen Will Triumph’ NGO as a new Guest Member of the ANHAR Network.

The country of Yemen joins the Karama Human Rights Film Festival’s subsidiary list; the festival that is organised by Ma3mal612 Think Factory, and originally founded in Amman, Jordan.

Both ‘Ma3mal612’ and ‘Yemen Will Triumph’ are philanthropic non-profit NGO’s that aim to further build their social & artistic lobbies, in order to voice out the priorities of their regions collectively. Hence, a collaboration between the two would create an even greater philanthropic force that highlights their similar goals.

This year, ‘Karama Human Rights Film Festival – Yemen’ or ‘Karama Yemen’ will be taking place fall of 2018.

More details to be announced soon, stay tuned!

 

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Youth Forum in KARAMA 8th Edition

This #youth_forum is currently under the works for the youth who have social initatives and as with #Karama HRFF, it will be held with the festival & will help our youth find and create #opportunities by building #lifestyle_skills#career_opportunities, and #INSPIRE them to #GiveLifeAChance

KARAMA BEIRUT HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL | KBHRFF

Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) is a film event that contributes, among other well-established and renowned human rights film festivals in the world, to spreading a cinema that denounces racism, hatred discourse, discrimination, and injustice.

The 1st edition of KBHRFF of which the theme was The others took place on July 2016 in Metropolis Empire Sofil, in an attempt to raise awareness and to contribute to the respect of the rights of the refugees and the minorities in Lebanon and the Arab World to encourage and mobilize solidarity and support and to advocate for change.

 

This year’s 2nd edition addressing the theme “New Identities” whereby 21 films had been selected: fiction, animation and documentary films; local, regional and international taking into consideration both artistic merit and human rights content.

 

Humanity has always been confronting new matters; crucial ones which in order to meet we need to change our human behavior and proclaim this change positively and clearly. This change will constitute new paths toward the values of happiness, rightness, goodness, and beauty.

 

Maybe nowadays all individuals and groups problems are revolving around questions focusing on identity as human rights; which poses a new question: are we in desperate need for a new identity/identities?

Despite the pain of change, the answer seems to be clear. We shall be all integrated by the achievements related to human knowledge that will create of us a new community-based personality able to deal with the rising human knowledge, which will lead us to change.

 

Linking knowledge with integration will help us stop all traditional invasion means to communicate with other communities. This indicates that all old identities are expired and there is no chance to remain under their umbrella.

Theoretically, human knowledge has dropped old identities; but effectively there is still a long path ahead of us to get to constructive group behaviors.

Sudan Independent Film Festival Theme

We chose “Memory” to be the theme of the fourth edition which kicks off on the 21st of January.

Memory in all its definitions is the storage space for ideas and identities..as such, we are trying to shed light on memory as a key player in the continuous pursuit of civil society and dignity for people and places.

This year’s films were chosen with “memory” as the focus, it is the engine that drives drama in life simply by of recovering and dismissing it. We also aim to look at it as a destination, perhaps old houses, streets, institutions and all that resembles the roots of life, geographically.

From the festival’s perspective, “Memory” is the idea that relates to maintaining identity, resisting forgetfulness and human struggle throughout history, for human dignity and standing up for the powerless groups among humans.

There is a possibility that the theme may also be “An Alternative Memory” and a tale of the forgotten, or what is dissenting to the official history. It is stories passed on by our grandparents and ancestors, which are either stored clearly or vaguely, in our minds, in what we see and hear about ourselves and the world.

“Memory” with its revealing strengths, issues, and historical essence, is the general scope of this year’s edition of the festival.

Are You a Human Being? Karama 7th Edition Reflections

In ancient times, humans believed that the rage of nature, the wrath of the gods, and imbalances of energy were the source of fear in the world.  Albeit, the specificities of every century differ from one another as change reasserts itself with the fall of one civilization and the rise of the following one.  Yet, Humanity – as a value – remained the only constant element of this whole equation.

Nowadays, fear lies in the direction humans are taking.  Have humans lost their essence?  We are riding a counter-current to the one humanity known since its dawn.  No longer able to distinguish the face from the mask; is it a face? A mask? or that the mask has become a more familiar and dearer face?

We question … when an opportunity arises; we wonder about human beings, about their essence, and whether they are genuine in their authentic qualities.  We believe that it is legitimate to question and ask: Is this a human being? Is this social justice? Is this a ‘truth’? Are these borders?

Amidst the current surreal context, we cannot but question what future events may unfold; and question our role as cultural activists and citizens of Jordan and of the world.  We question the moral and human system which is constantly breaking apart before our eyes, where everything has become possible and everything could be considered logical.

Our improbable reality had become realistic, and our unbelievable wars continue and enlisted under the usual political and logical analysis, as if they are miracles in a world of events, causes and consequences.

Throughout this night veiled by the fear of darker days, we touch our limbs to make sure that we are still the same and that fear has not yet defeated our determination; to reassure ourselves that we shall be able to open the window and let the light in, even if the sun came late.

We wake up after a white night to count the numbers that fill up newspapers and TV channels.  The numbers that once were human beings with names, dreams, and hopes of a future that could have been beautiful.  The numbers that are crushed — as if worthless.  And it may hurt when we feel unable to protest and as we witness human beings replaced by worthless numbers in the calculations of power and darkness.

Last year, the closing speech of Karama concluded with the following quote: “We have to cultivate our own garden.”  And yet, within today’s world, we must further elaborate that we are all responsible for respecting one another; none of us deserves to be human before respecting and answering to the moral commitment of defending all human rights everywhere.

Humans must raise their sense of responsibility towards their own beings first and towards all others who share their air and planet.

It might only take one glimpse to see the surrealist world we live in today — this world that has become filled with twisted concepts and lead us to wonder what comes first? The shadow or the step? The image or the reflection? The echo or the sound?

The scene is beyond belief and stranger than our imagination.  Have we become that much familiar with the oddness of this surrealism? Has this blemished image become a reality? Where did it start? At the beginning, there was the Human.  Is it still the same?

Karama 6 Contemplation

To those who long to connect with their inner spirit…

And yet, they live in fear; trapped with no way out; their faith is manipulated to justify acts of terror. They have lost their families and homes: they are kidnapped, traumatized, injured, physically and mentally abused, displaced, tortured, exiled and deported. Their lives are affected by the agendas of others, and not allowed to make their own choices. Those who have been discriminated against for their religion, race, gender, opinions, and style of life; it’s them who need support and protection.

To you, our fellow humans…

We, at Karama, invite you to join us in our objection to violence and extremism in all its forms. We denounce terrorism and all its shadows. We oppose the exploitation of the human being for the sake of evil and destruction. We condemn the rise of violence, which only begets more violence.

We believe that one day, it shall stop, and terror will vanish, and the face of the globe will wear humanity as a garment.

By uniting and collectively upholding the responsibility towards the wellbeing of all human beings; paying serious attention and making vigorous efforts towards abating the spread of extremism; curtailing hateful discourse that rips our humanity, only to breed havoc and injustice. By demonstrating compassion, tolerance, and appreciation towards our fellow humans. By respecting differences. By thinking of an inclusive frame in which we can all, as humans, rally for life.

 

Let us celebrate culture, our cultures, and recelebrate our heritage, spirituality, values, and rediscover the essence of who we are, and where we are heading.

 

Then, and only then, “we shall cultivate our own garden” and we shall return to our spirit.