Outreach and Educational programs for Universities: Karama HRFF Jordan and Lebanon

On December 18, 2022, a special outreach educational screening of the documentary “Young Plato” (directed by Declan McGrath and Neasa Ní Chianáin) was organized at Al-Ahliyyah University, in presence of the main protagonist. The film shows how Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his team encourage younger generations in Belfast to question myths attached to war and violence, challenge dictated narratives and transcend the boundaries of their community through philosophy, critical and independent thinking. This unique opportunity gathered the students of both Al-Ahliyyah and Petra University around the film. After watching it, around 50 students participated in a discussion with principal and film protagonist Kevin McArevey, facilitated by a representative of Al-Ahlyyiah University and one member of the Karama team.

As a part of educational programs for young people and within the framework of human rights awareness through cinema and live discussions with different youth groups, a documentary film about prisons in Lebanon was screened in cooperation with Lebanese Center for Drama Therapy: Chatharisis and AFAC (The Arab Fund for Culture and Arts). The film “The Blue Prisoners” directed by Zeina Daccache, followed by a panel discussion in the presence of the director of reform and rehabilitation centers and public security in Jordan’s General Security system, and the film’s director.

Achraf Laamar, ANHAR’s member, participated in the discussion, and compared the situation of prisons in Lebanon with that of prisons in Tunisia with regard to the rights of prisoners suffering from mental illness and their need for special health care. It is noteworthy to mention that Laamar is communicating with a psychiatric hospital that hosts mentally ill prisoners and plans to organize screenings for them in this hospital in Tunisia.