As part of the 21st edition of the One World Film Festival in Czech Republic: Karama Human Rights Film Festival participates in the International Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) meetings.

Prague, Czech Republic – 17.03.19- Ma3mal 612 Think Factory’s team participated earlier this week in the One World Human Rights Film Festival, which took place in its 21st edition in Prague, in Czech Republic. Ma3mal’s team -representing both Karama Human Rights Film Festival, which will be held in its 10th edition in December 2019, and ANHAR: The Arab Network for Human Rights Films- attended the annual meeting of the HRFN, with the presence of other festival organizers from Czech Republic, Poland, South Korea, Lithuania, Jordan, Lebanon, Argentina, Italy, Hong Kong, Hungary, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Russia. The team has also attended other meetings specialized in human rights with the presence of participants from Canada, Germany, USA, Belgium, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Macedonia and Nicaragua.

Ma3mal team has also networked with filmmakers and producers from all over the world and discussed cooperation possibilities with the Czech team in the coming edition of Karama HRFF in December. The 10th edition of Karama HRFF will be a celebration for 10 years of cinema and audiovisual arts for the promotion human rights in the Arab region, which witnessed remarkable changes since the launch of the festival in its first edition in December 2010, notably the Arab Spring and the outbreak of civil wars and waves of displacement and Refuge -considered the largest in contemporary human history-, as well as and the emergence of terrorist organizations and its implications for human values related to dignity and fundamental human rights.

“Through this participation in the One World Festival in Prague, we have noticed the pivotal role that our region plays in the human rights film scene, as well as the quality of the films from the Arab countries. Our participation gave us an opportunity to review our approach in the next edition of Karama, which represents a decade of hard work of promoting the values of human rights in creative and audiovisual arts and empowering a new generation of filmmakers and creators” Said Sawsan Darwaza, Karama HRFF Festival Director.

Ihab Al Khatib, Artistic Director of Karama HRFF, said: “Our continuous participation in this festival, which represents a compass of human rights documentaries  around the world, indicates the important role of Karama Festival and its sister festivals in the Arab world, as well as the role that ANHAR plays, as a network for the exchange of experiences between festivals and institutions specializing in cinema and human rights”

It’s worth mentioning that several festivals have blossomed from the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, such as Karama Beirut, the Red-Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Gaza, Karama Mauritania and Karama Yemen. Karama is a sister festival of Karama Tunis and the Sudan Independent Film Festival. All these festivals are members of the ANHAR network.

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Anhar Award for Best Arab Film, 7 Arabic Human Rights Films

For the second year in a row, the Anhar Award for Best Arab Film was held in Amman, Jordan. The nominated films were: Of fathers and Sons by Talal Derki (Nomination from Jordan), Naela and the uprising by Julia Pasha (nomination from Lebanon and Palestine), Bread and Angels by Rachid Biyi (nomination from Morocco), 194. Us, Children of the camp by Samer Salama (nomination from Syria), Egyptian Jean D’Arc by Iman Kamel (nomination from Sudan), Benzine by Sarah Obeidi (nomination from Tunisia), Withered Green by Mohamed Hammad (nomination from Egypt)

And the winner of the ANHAR Award for Best Arab film was Of Fathers and Sons by Syrian director Talal Dirki. Synopsis: “Talal Derki returns to his homeland, where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family. Sharing the family’s daily life through the lens of his camera provides an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic caliphate.”

 

ANHAR released an infographic film on children’s day co-produced with Karama HRFF.

ANHAR released an infographic film on children’s day co-produced with Karama HRFF. The infographic film included statistics and information on the Right to life, education, freedom of speech, rest & leisure, Values of tolerance, elimination of all forms of discrimination, protection from domestic violence, Recruitment of children in armed conflicts,

 

This film was produced as a part of an awareness series that the Network will be producing in cooperation with its members. Two other infographic films are in preproduction currently and will be released in the very near future.

 

The infographic was screened several times during Karama HRFF 2018 during the main screenings and the ANHAR Award screenings.

The International Human Rights Film Festival in Tunisia holds in its fifth edition

After two years of absence, The International Human Rights Film Festival in Tunisia returned in its fifth edition under the name Human Screen / Karama Tunis to complement the locomotive of the Karama Jordan, Beirut and Mauritania, to discuss women issues in the Arab region and the world. With the support, partnership and cooperation of Oxfam, the National Center for Cinema and Photography, the Karama Jordan HRF Festival, the ANHAR Network, the Spanish Cultural Center in Tunis and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, the ACTF foundation has organized the fifth edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival in Tunis, 19 to 22 December 2018. And despite the financial difficulties, the festival did not limit its approach and added new spaces to its program.

 

The festival featured nine long and seven short films distributed on 28 shows, and 3 seminars and various events, including the opening and closing ceremonies at the Tunisian Cultural City, a seminar entitled “Media dealing with women’s issues” at the Cultural House of Sheikh Idris in the northern Tunisian state of Bizerte, a seminar entitled “Women producers and cultural investment, roles and horizons.” At the Culture House, El-Dayer District, Sfax, a seminar focusing on: “The profession of cinema and sexual harassment of women, where to? “At the Arts Center in the state of Tataouine in the south of Tunisia, and a seminar ” Cultural Policies and the Integration of Women’s Issues “

The Erato Human Rights Film Festival in Libya – a new edition with the slogan “Cinema for All”

The Second edition of Erato Human Rights Film Festival was held at the theater of the Faculty of Education, Ganzour, in Tripoli from 23 to 27 December 2018. The festival featured a large selection of local and international short films competing in the official competition of the festival. ERATO HRFF included workshops and film seminars. It hosted films from Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Argentina, Germany, Syria, France, Yemen, Egypt, Iran, Morocco and Estonia. The films also featured 12 films from the ANHAR Film Package.

The festival aims to develop communication skills and to support filmmakers, make the festival a creative center for the production of short films, and a place for exchanging
experiences and interaction between directors.

Sudan Independent Film Festival postponed due to current events

The Sudan Independent Film Festival announced the postponement of its sixth edition, which was due to take place between January 21 and 27, due to the political events taking place in the cities of Sudan. Organizers intend to hold the festival immediately once the situation changes in the capital Khartoum. The festival’s statement was as follows: “Dear friends, the audience of the Sudan Independent Film Festival. We have decided to hold the sixth edition of the Festival, to fulfil our annual commitment and loyalty to the values ​​represented by cinema. The values ​​of resistance, enlightenment, criticism, expression and beauty. In the framework of our interest in the integration of all roles in society.

With the rapid escalation of events and the continuation of the mass movement, we, the festival team cannot but respect this voice, listen to it, and give it the way, announcing the postponement of the sixth edition, which was scheduled to launch on its annual date on January 21, 2019”

A Joint Solidarity Screening of Nayla and the uprising between Gaza, Tunis and Amman

In coordination with the Red Carpet Festival in Gaza, the Erato Festival in Libya, the ACTIF Foundation in Tunisia, Ma3mal 612 Think Factory & the Karama Festival in Jordan, and the ANHAR, a solidarity screening of Nayla and the Uprising by Julia Pasha was organized in the member countries. The documentary tells the story of the suffering of women during captivity and detention in Israeli jails, as well as the testimony of real characters who lived under the conditions of the occupation and resisted it with patience and determination. The film was screened on 29 November in Gaza, Tripoli (Libya) and Tunisia and was screened in December in Amman with the presence of the main character in the film Nayla Ayyash. The film was discussed with the audience present in Amman with Nayla Ayyash, Jamal Zaqout and film producer Rola Salama.

Fourth Edition of the Red Carpet Festival in Gaza (Enough)

The Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival was held in its fourth edition under the theme “Enough” at the end of November 2018, in Gaza. The festival came in partnership with Arab and international institutions, including the Karama HRF Festival in Jordan, ANHAR Network, and Movies that Matter foundation ” the Netherlands, as well as a group of local institutions such as the Gaza Arts Center and Ein Media.

The festival featured more than 50 human rights films distributed between Gaza and the West Bank simultaneously, in addition to some Arab countries such as Jordan, Libya and Tunisia.

It is worth mentioning that the festival has selected 24 films from the ANHAR film package to be presented to the Palestinian public.

Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival Postponed – and Special Event in Amman

Hours before the inauguration of the first edition of the Karama Yemen HRF Festival, which was to be held in Sana’a at the end of October 2018, the festival was postponed for reasons beyond the will of the festival administration. In coordination with the mother festival, Karama HRFF Jordan, a special event was held on 10 December 2018 within the Karama activities in Amman, in the presence of the Director of the Yemen Will Triumph Foundation and the Karama Yemen Festival, Nasser Al-Mang. The event was followed by a discussion about films and the reasons behind postponing the festival as well as the plans of the festival in 2019.

Karama Human Rights Film Festival – 9th Edition (You Are Not Alone)

 

The ninth edition of the Karama HRFF Festival was organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory and supported by the European Union and in partnership with the Royal Cultural Center and the Greater Amman Municipality from 5 to 10 December 2018 in Amman, Jordan.

This year’s festival was under the theme “You Are not” alone to discuss women’s issues through cinema and media, emphasizing the role, effectiveness and challenges of women in the audiovisual industry in an attempt to understand the general situation of women around the world and in the Arab world in particular. While examining a complex set of factors that have been and continue to affect women’s rights and gender equality in the world.

 

Karama is six-day film festival, held in Amman, Jordan since 2010. After 9 sessions of Karama HRFF, 480 human rights films were screened over nine years of cinema and human rights advocacy in Jordan and in the surrounding areas.

The festival featured 70 documentaries, Fiction and animation of all lengths, in the presence of directors, producers and stars of the films. The films were followed by discussions and Q&A sessions in the presence of Jordanian, Arab and international film teams and participants present in Amman.

The festival hosted musical performances, specialized seminars, evaluation and monitoring sessions of stereotypes on Arabic screens, specialized workshops on the role of women in the audiovisual industry, and a community outreach program aimed at introducing human rights films in Jordanian governorates, schools and universities.

In addition, the festival had opening and closing ceremonies in honor of Arab women thinkers, writers and personalities, as well as the Karama Feather Award for best documentary, Fiction, animation and short film as well as the ANHAR Award for Best Arab Film.

The annual meeting of the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals (ANHAR)

  The annual meeting of the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals (ANHAR)  

Karama HRF Festival 2018 | You are not Alone

Infographic film | International Children’s Day – ANHAR Network

On the International Children’s Day, how does reality look like?

Right to life, education, freedom of speech, rest & leisure?
Values of tolerance, elimination of all forms of discrimination?
protection from domestic violence?
Recruitment of children in armed conflicts?

An infographic film produced by Karama human rights Film Festival and ANHAR, Arab Network for Film Festivals on the occasion of the international day for children.

For more information on ANHAR co-productions, click on the following link
And to get updates on Karama 2018, please visit our website

Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival – Karama Gaza – film submissions

Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival – Karama Gaza is now receiving film submissions for its 4th edition which will take place in Gaza from 23rd of November – 29th of November 2018.
Submit your film now on this link .

ANHAR established a new partnership with Mad Solutions

ANHAR established a new partnership with Mad Solutions, in attempts to enrich its film database and to activate film and expertise exchanges between Anhar members and MAD solutions.

Mad solutions is he first Pan-Arab independent studio and fully integrative marketing and creative consultancy for the Arab film and Entertainment Industry. Under the umbrella of MAD Solutions, the studio is supported by five pillars: MAD Marketing, MAD Content, MAD Distribution, MAD Culture and MAD Celebrity, which together are helping to usher in an exciting new generation of Arab filmmakers and entertainment talent.

ANHAR member Hala Galal as artistic director of the Aswan International Women’s Film Festival

The Aswan International Women’s Film Festival has selected one of the members of the ANHAR network, director Hala Galal as artistic director of the festival and a general supervisor of the feature film competition.

Hala Galal is the first woman to take over as the artistic director of one of the Egyptian festivals throughout history. Galal graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema and the Faculty of Media at Cairo University. She directed and produced several films, including “Women’s Chat”, “Bahaa Taher”

She co-founded and managed Semat to support young talents, and also is a founding member of ANHAR.

 

Stigma – Screening in Sfax Tunisia

Ma3mal 612 from Jordan and ACTIF from Tunis has organized a screening for the recently produced documentary “Stigma”directed by Ehab al Khatib and produced by ANHAR, regarding the “308 Penal Code” which instills that “A rapist is authorized to marry the survivor of the crime as a means of bypassing prosecution and punishment”.

The screening was organized in cooperation with Tunisian Association for Democratic Women and was followed by a debate, held at Jammousy Cultural Center in Sfax City.

ARMCDH organizes the White Nights Festival for Cinema and Human Rights

The Association of Mediterranean Meetings of Cinema and Human Rights (ARMCDH) organized the seventh edition of the White Nights Festival for Cinema and Human Rights on 29 and 30 June 2018 in the courtyard of the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco in Rabat on the theme “The right to health”.

The festival dealt with the right to health as one of the cornerstones of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 25) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), from a cinematic point of view through a full-night film dealing with various health-related issues, to be followed on the following day by a round table of experts and institutional and stakeholders.

The White Nights of Cinema and the Right to Health took place on June 29, 2018, with an evening of open air screenings open to the public from 20:45 until the sunrise. The White Night Program included short and feature films from six countries (Lebanon, Morocco, Italy, United Kingdom, South Africa, France).

ARMCDH holds the ‘Je Dis Cinéma et Droits de l’Homme’ monthly screenings.

The JCDH, which translates to “I say cinema and human rights” is a monthly event whose objectives are: the awareness of human rights and democracy and the contribution to the increase and the reinforcement of the capacity of resistance to assaults on human rights and democracy. This event also aims to bring out the wishes of new human rights defenders.

For the ARMCDH, the JCDH are an important contribution in the promotion of the culture of human rights and democracy: the universality of these values, of rights and of democracy, can only be understood and conveyed by a as universal as cinema is.

Launched in September 2011, the JCDH take place every month in six cities of the kingdom of Morocco, with seven screenings – documentary film or fiction – and inviting the director to debate or involving a human rights activist on it.

Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) – Third Edition

The Lebanese NGO “Art Factory 961”, founding member of ANHAR, launched on the 17th of July the third edition of “Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival” under the theme “Free the Word,” at a press conference held at Metropolis, Empire Sofil.  The festival, held in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut) and the embassies of Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in Lebanon, runs from 17 to 20 July 2018 at Metropolis Empire Sofil.
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, hate discourse, discrimination and injustice. The 3rd edition aims to support free expression that is liberated from traditional official models, as well as remind the public that censorship and exploitation of artistic work stand in the way of practising our human rights, the same rights that our countries have agreed to protect. It is our duty to preserve the positive spirit of creativity and to avoid the spectre of repression.

Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival (KYHRFF) – 1st edition in preparation

The first edition of the Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival will be held in Yemen in mid-September. Karama Yemen will become a new subsidary, followed by the festivals of the Karama Jordan, Palestine: Ramallah, Gaza- Red Carpet, Beirut and Mauritania.

Karama Yemen was created following a memorandum of understanding between Al-Ma’mal 612 Think Factory and “Yemen Will Triumph”, a non-profit organization directed towards a social, economic and educational construction, and is supporting the principle of coexistence and patriotism. The organization has been striving through the previous periods to work on many projects that aim on pushing forward the wheel of development and construction.

The festival will feature about 25 films including 20 films from the archive of the Karama Jordan HRFF, as well as several Yemeni films directed by young Yemeni filmmakers.The festival is planned to take place between September 15-18, 2018.

Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival (KYHRFF) has recently joined ANHAR, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals by July 2018.

STIGMA – Screening preparations in Tunis

Stigma by Ehab al Khatib has been screened in Tunis as of June 19th, and will screen again in July. Stay tuned.

In the next screening, the film will be played to a small group of women followed by a debate, and will include a press release.

Below are some pictures of the current preparations.

تحضيرات لفيلم الندبة في تونس

تم استكمال كافة الترتيبات لعرض فيلم الندبة في سوسة في جمعية النساء الديمقراطيات

سيكون العرض لمجموعة صغيرة لا تتجاوز ٢٠ امرآة متبوع بنقاش.

العرض الرسمي للفيلم ضمن المشروع سيبدآ في بداية الشهر القادم وسيتم الترتيب لعمل كافة ما يلزم من دعاية وتغطيات صحفية

Sawsan Darwazeh’s organization included in Canne’s Top 100

What better time and place than Cannes, the annual parade of cinema’s superpowers, to reveal who in the Arab film industry has mattered most in the past twelve months? So here it is, the inaugural CANNES 100. Over the following pages you will see names of the golden hundred talents and entities that the world really needs to know based on our assessment of their recent business history in Arab film. They are not ranked, please note, but ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers.
The 100 Most Important Names in the Arab Film Industry includes industry professionals that either represent themselves or entities they work for. The names were all chosen for their contributions to Arab-language cinema in the past twelve months, which is why Arab names who participated in international films/TV series are not on the list. They are ordered alphabetically by first names and grouped together alongside their immediate peers.

http://acc.film/cannes-100.php

!أنهار تبارك لهالة جلال كمديرة فنيّة لمهرجان أسوان الدولي لسينما المرأة

يسرنا اعلامكم بأن إدارة مهرجان أسوان الدولي لأفلام المرأة، قامت باختيار احدى أعضاء شبكة أنهار المخرجة هالة جلال مديراً فنياً للمهرجان، ومشرفاً عاماً على مسابقة الأفلام الطويلة، كما اختارت إدارة المهرجان الدكتورة مروة عبدالله، مديرا لبرنامج الأفلام القصيرة،
تعد الان “هالة جلال” أول إمرأة تتولي مهام المدير الفني لأحد المهرجانات المصرية عبر تاريخها
تخرجت هالة جلال في المعهد العالي للسينما، وكلية الإعلام بجامعة القاهرة، وقدمت كمخرجة عدة أفلام تسجيلية أبرزها “دردشة نسائية” و”رحلة بهاء طاهر” و”المدن
تختار موتاها”، كما أنتجت أفلام روائية وتسجيلية أبرزها “الحساب” و”طرق الأبواب”، وشاركت في تأسيس “سمات” وإدارتها لدعم المواهب الشابة

كما شاركت هالة جلال في إنشاء العديد من المؤسسات الداعمة للسينما الشابة المستقلة في العالم العربي، وترأست مهرجان قافلة السينما العربية الأوروبية الذي أقيمت عروضه في مصر وفرنسا وهولندا والأردن ولبنان، وساهمت في إنشاء ورش للتعليم المستقل ودرست فيها ووضعت مناهجها في عدد من المحافظات المصرية وفي بلدان عربية وأوروبيةـ، فضلا عن مشاركتها في لجان تحكيم دولية وإقليمية بعدة مهرجانات سينمائية منها “الجونة، والإسماعيلية، ومصر دوت بكرة، والفيبا، وشيفيلد

وتعد الدكتورة مروة عبدالله باحثة أكاديمية ومبرمجة أفلام، وحصلت على درجة الدكتوراه في السينما من كلية الإعلام بجامعة القاهرة، وتخصصت في الدراسات السينمائية .

وتعمل مروة عبد الله في مجال برمجة الأفلام منذ 2006، وتقوم بالتدريس بقسم الإذاعة والتليفزيون بكلية الإعلام بجامعة بني سويف منذ عام 2015 .

كانت الإدارة الفنية لبرامج الأفلام بمهرجان أسوان الدولي لأفلام المرأة في الدورتين الماضيتين قد أسندت للمخرج أحمد حسونة، بينما فصلت إدارة المهرجان برمجة وإدارة برامج الأفلام الطويلة عن القصيرة بداية من الدورة الثالثة، من أجل التوسع في كلا البرنامجين وتطويرهما، فضلا عن أن اختيار إمرأتين لمهام الإدارة الفنية للمهرجان يأتي متوافقا مع سعي إدارته الدائم لتمكين المرأة في القيام بكل الأدوار والأعمال الادارية والفنية، تماشيا مع توجهاته منذ تأسيسه .

يذكر أن مهرجان أسوان الدولي لأفلام المرأة، سيعقد دورته الثالثة في الفترة من 20 إلى 26 فبراير المقبل، ويتم تنظيمه بدعم من وزارتي الثقافة والسياحة، وبرعاية المجلس القومي القومي للمرأة، ونقابة السينمائيين .

ANHAR concludes 2017 collaboration with SouthMed CV

ANHAR would to announce the conclusion of year 2017’s successfully conducted series of projects, events, and activities, funded by SouthMed CV, and co-funded by NED. Namely, our projects are voiced through The Arab Network for Human Rights Films (ANHAR).

 

At 2017’s Karama 8 – Give life a chance, we launched the ANHAR Award for best Film, Documentary, and Animation. Also at Give life a chance, the MUST MEET MEETING is a networking meeting that took place within the festival, where professionals, practitioners and human rights festivals directors from Europe and the MENA (ANHAR’s members) participated and networked, shared experiences and connected for future endeavors.

Karama’s perspective as part of ANHAR. The festival dedicated two important slots in its programming to Jordanian artists/activists to be through holding the Karama Youth Forum “Give Youth a Chance” where 40 young Jordanian entrepreneurs and socially engaged youth participated, discussed topics related to creativity, social work, and engaging in national projects. In addition to the Youth Forum, the Karama Festival Jordan has designed a new award especially for Jordanian Filmmakers. The Karama Feather Award for Best Jordanian Film came as a tool to encourage young Jordanian filmmakers who produce and direct human rights films to work more, learn more and most importantly, have a platform that showcases their projects and thoughts.

 

The ERATO Film Festival – Libya – Took place on Dec 6-10-2017, where

 

6 films, which were selected and provided for screening in Tripoli, with Arabic and English subtitles. This event and collaboration was regarded as breakthrough in a difficult country. http://erato.org.ly/

 

 

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, the Association of Mediterranean Meetings on Cinema and Human Rights (ARMCDH) organized, the second edition of the Human Rights Short Film Night, Saturday 9 December 2017, at the Renaissance cinema hall in Rabat.

 

Mauritania – Karama Mauritania Human Rights Film Festival also successfully took place on –5-6-7 Dec 2017

 

The second edition of Karama Mauritania as well included a package of 4 films selected from ANHAR’s and Karama’s film package. The selected films were chosen to suit the Mauritanian audience and their theme. The festival took place in Kabba Leghrigeh – ElMina in the outskirts of Nouakchott.

 

 

Stigma, by Ehab al Khatib, is a co-production of a Human Rights Film between Tunis and Jordan:

Ma3mal 612 from Jordan and ACTIF from Tunis produced a documentary film directed by Ehab al Khatib and produced by ANHAR, regarding the “308 Penal Code” which instills that “A rapist is authorized to marry the survivor of the crime as a means of bypassing prosecution and punishment”.

 

When it comes to the outreach program, its intensive outreach program of semi-simultaneous screenings in refugee camps in both Jordan and Lebanon. In Jordan in the Zaatri Refugee Camps, The Irbid Camps, and The Irbid Art Club in cooperation with Medi-Arts. Moreover, Karama HRFF 2017 held its outreach film screening program in three Jordanian Universities, two community centers and one cultural space in Irbid, Amman, Sweileh (Near Saltt City) and Madaba.The Karama Outreach program aims at giving access to communities who cannot attend the festival in Amman or to students specialized in film or Law: Human Rights. This year, twenty two films from ANHAR Film package that were in Karama;s program were screened on five different days. It is worth mentioning that Karama HRFF Outreach program has so far achieved more than seventy screenings in more than twenty Jordanian, villages, and towns.

 

In Lebanon the outreach program was held in Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camps in collaboration with Basmeh and Zaytouneh NGO, in Bekaa Refugee camps, and in a selection of local universities. The programs are addressing the notion of what the notion of refuge and the word ‘refugee’ mean by screening a total of six films from the ANHAR film package to suite the selected theme screened in the locations mentioned above to audiences reaching over 400 people,

Addition of the newest member of ANHAR – UMMAM for Research and Development, Lebanon Ummam the new member of Anhar Network participated in Karma Human Rights Film Festival in its 8th edition in Jordan with the rest of the network – Ummam research and development human rights based out of Lebanon, participated as an Anhar member in this years’s Jury for the Karama Feather Award for short fictions and Karama Feather Award for feature documentaries voting for the winner alongside the rest of the members. It also participated in the Anhar annual meeting – to get more aquatinted with our yearly projects and development. It also was a huge part of the Must Meet Meeting, a huge meeting featured Anhar Network achievements and short film in Karama’s 8th edition, the networking meeting that was organized for industry professionals to exchange projects and prospect initiatives/ideas in cinema, human rights and advocacy. Ummam’s documentary film ‘Tadmur’ tackling the human rights issue of political prisoners was screened in Karama and a discussion with the audience was held afterwards with the members present. Their film was one of the nominees for the Anhar Regional Award.

 

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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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Co-Production Film on Rapist Decriminalization Law Between Tunis and Jordan

Ma3mal 612 from Jordan and ACTIF from Tunis are currently collaborating on the production of a documentary film directed by Ehab al Khatib and produced By ANHAR, regarding the “308 Penal Code” which instills that “A rapist is authorized to marry the survivor of the crime as a means of bypassing prosecution and punishment”. This penal code was abolished as of August 2017 in Jordan and July 2017 in Tunisia (penal code 227 in Tunis and 308 in Jordan) after long legal campaigns and protests of civil society organizations on the subject. The Film aims at highlighting the dangers of such penal codes and the importance of abolishing them as a first step towards cancelling other unjust legislation in order to uphold women rights and human rights today.

 

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 HRFF – 2nd Edition launches today

OPENING DAY: TUESDAY 1JULY 2017

07:00 PM | Reception-Opening Ceremony

08:00 PM | Opening Film

Tickling Giants (Sara Taksler, Documentary-USA, 111 m- 2017) Followed by a Q & A with the collaboration of HRW.

The Anhar Award

The Anhar award will be unveiled for the first time at Nuremberg IHRFF in Germany on October 4th, 2017 since it is one of the most renowned human rights film festivals in the world and is a strategic partner and affiliate of Anhar’s festivals.

The award aims to support, develop and promote the best film tackling key human rights issues in the Arab region by identifying and rewarding excellence in the creation of a film that is produced or directed by an Arab or international filmmaker.

Moreover, each member festival will nominate the best film from their editions in 2017 and the second Anhar award will be given at the concluding festival, Karama HRFF Jordan on December 10th, 2017.

Red carpet for Gaza film festival minus the stars

The Red Carpet Festival showcases films focusing on human rights issues and aims to provide Palestinians, many of them unemployed, with a rare opportunity to explore their dreams.
Gaza doesn’t have much space for cultural events – there is no proper cinema in the entire enclave – but this weekend the city’s port has been transformed into a venue for outdoor screenings.

The Red Carpet Festival showcases films focusing on human rights issues and aims to provide Palestinians, many of them unemployed, with a rare opportunity to explore their dreams, or at least practice a little escapism.

True to its name, the festival’s organisers have laid out a 100-metre (yard) long red carpet. But there are no celebrities, it’s for the thousands of ordinary Gazans turning out to watch the films.

“The children and poor people are walking on the carpet,” organiser Saad al-Saworki told AFP proudly at Friday’s opening night.

“They are far more important than the carpet.”

The festival, which is in its third year, coincides with the Cannes Film Festival and aims to show that there is an alternative to the catwalks and glamour of its French counterpart, Saworki said.

The maiden event was organised by Palestinian director Khalil al-Muzain in 2015 in the rubble of homes destroyed by the Israeli army in the most recent of the three wars that have devastated Gaza since 2008.

True to its name, the festival’s organisers have laid out a 100-metre (yard) long red carpet [Anadolu]

This year for the first time, all of the festival’s entries are being screened simultaneously in Ramallah in the West Bank and in the Israeli city of Haifa.

Around 40 films by Palestinian and foreign directors are being screened over five days.

The opening film was Palestinian director Raed Andoni’s “Ghost Hunting”, winner of best documentary at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.

It focuses on Israeli prison interrogation techniques and its screening came with hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails on hunger strike for nearly a month in protest over their conditions.

This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the letter in which the British government committed itself to the establishment of a Jewish national home in Palestine.

People walked on the carpet and trampled on (British foreign minister Arthur) Balfour’s promise
– Saad Abu Ramadan, Festival spokesman

Festival spokesman Saad Abu Ramadan said that the red carpet was 100 metres long to commemorate the anniversary and that parts of the text had been inscribed on it.

Palestinians despise the document, saying it gave away their independence, while Israelis hail it as an early recognition of the need for a Jewish state.

“People walked on the carpet and trampled on (British foreign minister Arthur) Balfour’s promise,” Abu Ramadan said.

‪Tamara Matar, a 21-year-old law student, said the festival gave her a chance to “feel free” in the tiny enclave which has been under Israeli blockade for a decade.

Karama HRFF’s 8th edition under the theme of ‘Give Life a Chance’

The 8th edition of Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan is set to take place over the course of 5 days from December 5th to the 10th ,2017 and will be under the theme of ‘Give Life a Chance’ and will focus on notions of hope and opportunity.

60 films will be screened at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman in addition to outreach screenings and discussions in Irbid, Madaba, select universities, high schools and cultural centers. Moreover the festival will also hold a musical concert and an art exhibition in addition to a documentary filmmaking workshop and other parallel events focused on youth members.

The idea behind selecting this concept as this year’s theme is an attempt to shed light on the defence mechanism people have developed in face of the constant outbursts of terror and aftermath of war, where the public sees death and relentless injustices as something expected and normalized.

The theme is inspired by John Lennon’s 1969 song entitled ‘Give Peace a Chance’ which went viral amongst counterculture movements that advocated for peaceful resistance against the anti-Vietnam war during that period.

Similarly, ‘Give Life a Chance’ is a call for people to leave their fear and scepticism at bay and restore their faith in life, to be proactive and to not wait for opportunity but to create it and live a life full of purpose and drive and to ultimately fight for a dignified life for all humans.

There is no room for improvement and development if people don’t view life as a chance, one where they have the power to be masters of their own destinies. The theme is meant to inspire Karama’s audience to uphold notions of co-existence in spite of conflicts and constant contradictions.

Through Karama’s 8th edition, we give cinema a chance as well to build a brighter tomorrow, for film is always at the forefront of enlightening the masses through the imaginative ways of its creators. Through film and its ability to ignite sentiments of empathy and inspiration, optimism is instilled in the hearts of the frustrated youth and future generations so that they can magnify the importance of human dignity through everything they do

Anhar Bridges, Screening in Djerba, Tunis

Capacity Building – Outreach Program Screenings

As part of the Anhar Bridges program, outreach program screenings took place on the island of Djerba in Tunisia at La Maison de Culture on April 1st, 2017. The event was lead by 2 of Anhar’s members, Karama Human Rights Film Festival’s artistic director, Mr. Ehab Al-Khatib in collaboration with Mr. Achraf Laamar from ACTIF – Tunisia, Association Culturelle Tunisienne pour l’insertion et la Formation. Anhar was presented to a vast array of audience members ranging from educational and cultural figures to children and youth members.

6 International Films were screened and discussions followed the screening of each film, the debate that took place between the organizers and audience was fruitful and tackled core human rights issues from different angles.

Biddayat:  launches “Syrian Stories” a filmmaking workshop for young filmmakers.

Biddayat:  launches “Syrian Stories” a filmmaking workshop for young filmmakers.

 

Biddayat for Audiovisual Arts launched a training program under the name of ‘Syrian Stories’ in mid April of 2017. The program aimed to train members of the Syrian and Syrian Palestinian youth who hold an interest in documentary filmmaking related to issues in their communities.

 

The workshop took place in Amman for a period of 10 days and trained 10 aspiring filmmakers. The workshop entailed a combination of seminars and advisory sessions that were led by professionals in the field. The participants worked in groups of 4 people, a director and camera man in addition to a sound engineer and editor. They produced short documentary films ranging from 3 to 5 minutes in duration; each film presented a unique vision of identity inspired by a personal story or a story to do with the main character.

 

SUDAN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: AN AFRICAN FESTIVITY OF 92 FILMS.

Sudan Film Factory has organized the third edition of Sudan Independent Film Festival on January 21-27, 2016. The festival screened 92 films from all lengths and genres, including a number of Jordanian films within the Karama Festival Package, in addition to several promising Sudanese films. This event came to prove the first fruit of the cooperation in the framework of the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals – ANHAR.

The 3rd edition had a significant Arabic and Egyptian films present among 92 films selected from 34 countries. The opening was attended by several cinema practitioners and experts and thinkers from the MENA.