Karama HRFF 13th Edition

Karama Human Rights Film Festival – organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory – announces the launch of its activities for the year 2022. The 13th Edition will be from 15-21 December 2022.

The theme of this Edition comes under the title “Human Rights and Transformations”, with the aim of examining human rights’ priorities and changes in the world in the post-pandemic era – the economic and political transformations, deviations and mutations.

We have been accepting entries for films of the following genres: short fiction, feature fiction, documentary, animation, produced after January 2019. The open call for submissions was open until 13 August 2022, and is now closed.

A selection of films will compete in the Karama Feather Awards for Best Fiction Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Animated Film, and the Audience Award, as well as the “Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals”, for Best Human Rights Film- ANHAR Award.

Karama HRFF Jordan is the first human rights film festival in the Arab region, and the first international film festival in Jordan. It has co-founded and supported several festivals in the Arab region such as; “Karama Palestine | 2013”, “Karama Mauritania | 2014”, “Karama Gaza-Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival | 2015”, “Karama Beirut | 2016”, “Karama Yemen | 2018”. It also supported “Karama Tunis-The International Festival for Human Rights Films” and “Erato Human Rights Film Festival in Libya” within the framework of “ANHAR- The Arab Network of human Rights Film Festivals”, which was founded by Ma3mal 612, in 2015.


The White Night of Cinema – Morocco

The Association of Mediterranean Meetings of Cinema and Human Rights (ARMCDH) was organized on the 22nd and 23rd of July, 2022 for the 11th edition of Nuit Blanche of Cinema and Human Rights on the theme: ‘Cinema and Family Rights’. The event was held in Rabat at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (BRNM) and online, from the 22nd to the 31st of July through the digital cinema platform of the ARMCDH armcdh.ma.

During two years of health emergency state, long periods of confinement and restrictions on freedom of movement, family was the central element in the public debate around the management of the crisis. Many problems emerged in public debate during this period: family violence, protection of the elderly, deaths of relatives without being able to attend funerals, etc. These are all elements that prompted the ARMCDH to choose the theme of the family for the 11th edition of the White Night of Cinema and Human Rights.

The concept of the family emerged as a legal concept with the new family code, a concept that was enshrined in the new constitution. Can we speak of family rights as collective rights depending on the State’s responsibility to protect? What are the mechanisms put in place through the various public institutions to protect the family? What consistency is there between the different stakeholders? Can we speak of a public family policy? So many questions that the event wishes to help answer through the screening of films and the organization of debates.

The first public screening was with the film “The autumn of the apple trees” directed by Mohamed Mouftakir on the 22nd of July at 8:30 p.m on the esplanade of the BNRM:
9 films were screened, both outdoors and on the ARMCDH digital cinema platform:

– My life as a zucchini, by Claude Barras. Entertainment – Switzerland
– Naima, by Sami SaifSirelkhatim. Short film- Morocco
– The autumn of the apple trees, by Mohamed Mouftakir. Fiction – Morocco
– The art of illusion, by Claudia Varejão. Short film – Portugal.
– Wajib, by Annemarie Jacir. Fiction – Palestine
– Renault 12, by Mohamed El Khatib. Documentary – France- Morocco
– Pupil, by Jeanne Herry. Fiction – France
– Tender Threads, by OuijdaneKhallid. Short film- Morocco
– John, by Louis Heem. Documentary- France

The debate was moderated by the journalist Jamaâ Goulahsen on the 23rd of July at 6 p.m. in the BNRM auditorium:

A debate led by the brilliant journalist Jamaâ Goulahsen, with the participation of Mrs. Aouatif Hayar, Minister of Solidarity, Social Integration and the Family, Mr. El Mostafa Rezrazi, President of the Moroccan Observatory on Extremism and Violence and Professor at the Faculty of Governance, Economics and Social Sciences (Mohamed VI University – Polytechnic), Mrs. Samya El Mousti, National Director SOS Children’s Villages Morocco, Mr. Khalid Hanfioui, Researcher in social sciences and expert in the fields of childhood and social changes and Ms. Touria Houssam, researcher in social sciences and professor at the National Institute of Social Action of Tangier (INAS).

The White Night of Cinema and Family Rights is organized in partnership with the Heinrich Böll Rabat Foundation, UN Women Morocco, the French Institute, the Swiss Embassy in Morocco, the Portuguese Embassy in Morocco, and the Institut Camões, the Portuguese Short Film Agency, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center. The event also benefits from the media support of Hit Radio, Today Morocco and Sortir.ma.

ANHAR Network and support films for women’s rights

The ANHAR Network has participated in supporting the film “From Cairo” directed by Hala Galal, a film that stands for women’s rights by presenting the stories and the difficulties women face in their relationships and dealing with the harsh city of Cairo, where women suffer from fear and harassment. From this reality, the director presents the life of two female models: Heba Khalifa, who is a photographer and an artist, and the second woman, Aya Youssef, who works as a director and editor. They live alone and work in art specifically, through which they find their way, achieve their dreams, and live happily. We see women talking about ambition after a great struggle with parents and society, which is trying to stereotype and ideologize them according to known and stifling standards, in return for their perseverance to overcome everything and choose a new form of life that suits their dreams, regardless of those pressing consequences.

The film won an award for Best non-fiction film when it was first shown in the Horizons of Arab Cinema competition, which was held as part of the 43rd Cairo International Film Festival that took place from the 26th of November to the 5th of December, 2021. Additionally, it won the Jury Prize at the 12th Malmö Arab Film Festival, which continued from the 4th to the 9th of May, 2022, and the Best Documentary Award at the Arab Jerusalem Festival, which ran from the 15th to the 19th of May, 2022. The movie will be available on Netflix starting in July.

Karama Palestine – Red Carpet Festival – Gaza

The preparatory committee for the “Red Carpet Film Festival for Human Rights – Karama Palestine” in Gaza has announced the launch of the festival in its sixth edition, which will be held by the end of September, 2022 under the slogan “Together”.

The director of the festival Khalil Al-Muzain confirmed that the festival will focus through its films and activities on the challenges facing human rights issues at the local and international levels, and call for mobilizing efforts and talents to defend the rights of the Palestinian people, and highlight the Israeli violations of the civil and political rights.

The festival’s deputy director, Abdul Rahman Hussein, said that the festival sheds light through films on human rights issues in general and on the conditions of these rights during the emergency period, in the Palestinian territories in particular. He noted that the registration time for films is still open to participate in the sixth edition of the festival through the festival’s official website and platform Film Freeway.

It is noted that the festival was held in its first edition in 2015 in the Shejaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, where a red carpet was spread among the ruins of houses destroyed by the Israeli aggression in 2014. In 2017, the festival became a founding member of the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals – ANHAR.

Justice for Lebanon – The World Day for International Justice

The 17th of July is the World Day for International Justice, yet in Lebanon, impunity reigns supreme.

Spanning from the civil war to the present day, perpetrators of political crimes evade arrests and investigations remain incomplete in Lebanon. Throughout the country’s history, the few cases of justice rendered for select political crimes constitute the exceptions that nonetheless confirm the rule of impunity. Neither the forced oblivion through the Amnesty Law of 1991 nor the recent convictions pronounced by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Rafic Hariri’s assassination have appeased the need for justice in Lebanon.

This need is even more urgent as Lebanon is still reeling from the explosion in the port of Beirut on the 4th of August, 2020. The investigation into one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in the history of the world is being actively undermined by the very people who might be implicated.

Amid all these types of violence, the countless victims still hope and fight for justice in Lebanon.

Therefore, UMAM Documentation & Research, Lokman Slim Foundation, Dar Al-Jadeed, and IUSTICOM called for a gathering in commemorating the Day for International Justice by raising awareness locally and internationally about the need to end impunity and to continue demanding #JusticeforLebanon.

The meeting was held on the 17th of July, 2022 at the Station in Sin El Fil, Beirut.

The roundtable discussion addressed justice and accountability in Lebanon, accompanied by a photo exhibition and screening of messages from victims and rule of law defenders.

The event is supported by Heinrich Böll Foundation.

The Introductory speeches of Justice for Lebanon Roundtable included;
Ms. Monika Borgmann-Slim, director of UMAM Documentation & Research. Ms. Anna Fleischer, director of Böll Foundation

Mr. Ronnie Chatah, podcaster.
H.E. Dr Andreas Kindl: German Ambassador.
Mr. Moussa Khoury, lawyer of Ms. Borgmann for Lokman Slim’s assassination case.
Ms. Aya Majzoub, researcher at Human Rights Watch.
Mr. Nizar Saghieh, director of Legal Agenda.
Ms. Reina Sfeir, Human Rights professor at La Sagesse University, former liaison officer with families of victims for the STL.
Moderator: Ms. Najat Rushdie, UN Representative in Lebanon.
Video messages on justice/ accountability/ impunity was displayed during the event.

Joint event screening of the film “One more jump” by director Emmanuel Gerosa

The Cinema Club of the French Cultural Institute – Gaza, in cooperation with Anhar Network and the Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival – Karama Palestine, organized a screening of the film “One more jump” by director Emmanuel Gerosa, on July 7, 2022, at the headquarters of the French Cultural Center in Gaza. About 70 people attended this activity from the local community, and it is the second time in establishing such a joint event between the institute, the festival and Anhar Network. “One more jump” is a documentary that tells the story of Abdullah – the founder of Gaza’s Parkour team, who was invited to Europe, but decided not to return to Gaza. Meanwhile, his friend and teammate Jihad still lives in the Gaza Strip and trains the youngest members of the team: only sports can sustain their hopes alive. He also dreams of leaving Palestine. It is the story of the dreamy youth and its painful struggle between ambition, reality and adherence to the homeland, as it raises a question that is difficult to answer: Can you ever be free if you must leave everything you love behind?

The screening was followed by a discussion with the film’s director, Emmanuel Gerosa on line, about the director’s journey through pre-production till shooting phase, the international film’s successes, as well as the impact of the film on the European audience. (the perception of European audience)

Joint event on World Refugee Day – Jordan

On the occasion of commemorating “World Refugee Day”, during the evening of Saturday, the 25thof June 2022, a special screening of the film “Some of All” was organized, which follows the stories of 6 youngsters demonstrating their life path, daily obstacles, opportunities and the challenges they face. “Some of All – Youth in Amman” is produced by Ma3mal 612-Think Factory, in collaboration with Identity and The City Project, and as part of the Research collaboration ‘From Education to Employment’ by the Center for Lebanese Studies (CLS).

This event was organized in cooperation with the ANHAR Network, and included a concert by KazzTorabyeh and short films addressing asylum.

These screenings were followed by a discussion with film directors in addition to the participation of specialists, researchers, and decision-makers on the situation of refugee and non-refugee youth who are less fortunate in education, and consequently in the labor market.

The discussions addressed the effectiveness of finding solutions to create job opportunities in alternative professional fields and find ways to confront the persistently high unemployment rate. According to the latest statistics, unemployment has reached 25 percent, most of whom are holders of high school degrees (General Department of Statistics-Jordan). This threatens the future of youth and their social role in economic advancement. Recommendations were made to discuss these topics on a larger scale during another presentation with the participation of decision-makers, and active youth groups, with the aim of enhancing the role of youth in economic and social change.

Quarterly meeting of ANHAR

The Anhar Network’s quarterly meeting was held virtually, on the 25th of June, 2022, with the participation of most of the network’s members from several countries including Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan. The members discussed all the agenda points, which included submitting new joint proposals and activities to be implemented during the next ten months.

All members agreed upon the aim of planning and cooperating in the establishment of joint events, advocacy screenings, or discussions. Reciprocal field visits to be organized between festivals were suggested, as well as topics for the production of human rights short films, (infographic films) in addition to proposals for interviews via Zoom or Facebook. During the meeting, the members demonstrated their previous activities and achievements, their readiness for future projects, and shared the difficulties and challenges they face. They also identified their needs and suggested ideas on all the points mentioned in the agenda, and set general recommendations that could be implemented to enhance networking practices between ANHAR members and other festivals.

Action Association 216-Tunisia

With the support of Anhar Network and the Human Rights and Resistance Cinema Club, the cinema caravan concluded its second season in the Sahel region of the Republic (Sousse, Monastir and Mahdia governorates), which was titled “Violence, why?”. This activity was held in cooperation with the International Organization Against Torture, the Tunisia office, and the General Authority for Prisons and Reforms. The caravan was launched on the 18th of February and continued until the 18th of June , 2022 in closed spaces including prisons and private halls of all regions of the Republic. The topic of violence was chosen to be the subject of discussions after the screenings due to the spread of this phenomenon in society, which calls for discussing its causes, motives, consequences and how to deal with it in order to reduce it, especially among teens. Therefore, the age groups were chosen from 14 to 17 years, and for adults from 20 to 45 years old. The screenings took place in prisons for men, women, and juvenile prisons for young people, and the total number of attendees reached 1238. The film “White Rage” by Finnish director Arto Halonen, was shocking to the audience, as it discusses bullying and its psycho-social impact on the life of a teenager that leads to the phenomenon of “School Shooting”. This film became required by other prison departments to be screened while scheduling showtimes between them.

In all of these presentations, the discussion took place between the male/female prisoners in the presence and participation of the prison staff, which made the discussion on a high degree of boldness and importance. Forms were also distributed to ask the audience about their definition of violence, their points of view towards this phenomenon, how to deal with it, what did they like about the movie, share their own stories about violence, or anything they would like to say in that regard.

The film “Growing” by director Tariq Al-Rimawi was shown in a courtroom that uses virtual meeting facilities, and it is an animated film about children living in conflict areas and becoming fighting soldiers. This topic sparked an important discussion about the relationship between parents and children and how violence begins in the behavior of children in their relationship with toys, animals, or plants without being educated or directed. Within the framework of the cultural days for the prevention of torture organized by the National Authority for the Prevention of Torture, at the National Library, Action 216, the Cultural Association for Film Action, with the support of Anhar Network, participated in screenings of cinematic films on the 23rd and 24th June 2022. In addition to the films “White Rage” and “Growing”, the film screenings included the Indian film “Washing Machine” by Indian director Anand Singh Chouhan, in addition to a group of Tunisian short films. This activity was distinguished by the fact that the attendees were researchers, specialists, and decision-makers, which raised the level of discussion to address very important legal and human rights issues.

Actif – Tunisie Anhar: Screenings at the beach

In celebration of World Environment Day, Actif Association organized screenings on the sea shore focusing on climate and environmental issues on the 18th and 19th of June, 2022. This activity is part of other activities organized by local civil society actors within the framework of the Environment Festival “One Earth” organized by COSPE – Tunis Office in partnership with the municipalities of Rejeish and Mahdia, which emphasizes a sustainable lifestyle in harmony with nature.

Three documentaries were screened on the beach of Mahdia in the presence of the directors, all of which deal with environmental issues, especially in the city of Kerkennah and Gabes. The film “Fuel Fishing” directed by Fathia Khedir and Mabrouka Khedir, “Leave Yamlikha Alone” by Jihed Ben Slimen, and ” Is everything ok Lella?!” directed by Rabeb Al Mbarki. The screenings were followed by a discussion panel with the directors and the audience about their films emphasizing the role and responsibility of civil society and the media in advocating environmental issues and demanding the right to live in a healthy environment.

For more details and photos of the activity, follow the link



Sudan Film Factory

Sudan Film Factory participated in a training workshop entitled “Fa’ael (Doer) in Sudan” for artists and producers in the field of developing, planning, and managing artistic projects in Sudan. This was organized by the Foundation “Action for Hope” with support from the Svenska Postkodstiftelsen (Swedish Post) and Mimeta. The workshop was held in Nairobi from the 10th to the 17th of May 2022, during which 18 cultural actors and artists from different states in Sudan participated. Action for Hope received 151 applications to participate in the workshop, and 18 participants were selected on the basis of their experiences in cultural and social work, and on the description of the projects they plan to implement. The selection took into consideration the geographic distribution of projects across the different states in Sudan, and the gender balance.

Sudan Film Factory participated in the Sudanese European Film Festival, by screening five films from its distribution in the second session of the festival, which started on the 16th of June and continued until the 23rd of June, 2022. The films were selected according to their very distinguished visual levels. These films were made with love and diligence which led to amazing results.

The films are: “A Handful of Dates” directed by Hashim Hassan, which is set in a village in northern Sudan, where the director is inspired by the story of Al-Tayeb Salih, with the same title. The film tells the story of a young boy passionate about his village and his grandfather, but the boy’s precious world begins to unravel when he learns the painful truth behind his grandfather’s fortune.

It is Hashem’s fourth short film and his first cinematic project in Sudan. “Serotonin” directed by Shehab Satti, is an experimental film about life and isolation. The film won the Hussein Sharif “Black Elephant” Award for Best Sudanese Film from the Sudan Independent Film Festival 2018. “Searching for Art” by Mai Elgizouli, is a film that tries to self-portray and explore the feelings and thoughts of a young Sudanese artist during the pandemic lockdown.

The film “Brick of Life” By Razan M. Abdelrahman deals with the reflection of the Darfour war aftermath on women’s wellbeing and rights, by shedding light on the suffering of Sudanese young women working in Brick kiln making, in Abu Shouk IDP camp in Darfour. It is about the pain and dreams of these women living amidst harsh circumstances.

Lastly, the “Alfundug” film, directed by Mohamed Elmur. In his first directing experience, the director presents the story of a group of individuals who go through a life-changing experience in a deserted location. The film depicts some of the most controversial social structures, which almost all Sudanese citizens go through. The film uses symbolism to narrate how some citizens navigate their way through a society filled with prejudices.

the martyr journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

ANHR statement in the awake of the assassination of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

On the 15 of May 2022, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals issued a statement denouncing the assassination of the journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, as a brutal act and flagrantly contrary to fundamental freedoms and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This dangerous act prompted the ANHAR network to urge the community of filmmakers and human rights film festivals, to morally commit to a cultural boycott of Israel.

A statement issued by the Arab Network for Human Rights Films; ANHAR, on the assassination of the martyr journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Films urges the community of filmmakers and human rights film and arts festivals to morally commit to a cultural boycott of Israel.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Films – ANHAR – calls on all filmmakers, film platforms, and international human rights film festivals to commit to and engage in the Boycott*, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement that works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law.

The call for the cultural and academic boycott of Israel is a moral rejection of the systematic violations practiced by the State of Israel, such as forceful occupation of land, illegal settlement activities, apartheid policies, and denying Palestinian refugees their right of return in accordance with international laws.

The Arab Network for Human Rights Films – ANHAR – stresses that the assassination of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, Al-Jazeera veteran correspondent, during her coverage of the Israeli invasion of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied Palestinian Territories is part of a policy pursued by the Israeli occupation state in deliberately attacking and killing journalists, activists, and medical crews, in addition to the systematic violations and killing of defenseless civilians for decades in Palestinian camps, villages, and cities.

ANHAR recalls the coverage of the martyr Shireen Abu Akleh of the Israeli invasion of Jenin camp for Palestinian refugees in 2002, and recalls when the Israeli forces killed Iyad Samoudi, the executive producer of the film “Jenin Jenin” [a documentary tracing, through eyewitnesses, the crimes committed by the occupation forces during their invasion of the same camp 20 years ago].

ANHAR regrets the continuation of some human rights festivals, platforms, producers, and filmmakers in ignoring the struggle of Palestinian civil society and its advocates against the occupation and its apartheid policies (which have been documented by international organizations through extensive field research, including Amnesty International) and their failure to commit to the cultural boycott of Israel, which aims to recreate the international community’s struggle against the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa.

Field journalism is an integral part of uncovering the truth and documenting reality. We at ANHAR are appalled at the level of disregard by international media networks and some human rights, and women rights groups in failing to clearly and explicitly condemn the assassination of journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. We consider this a reflection of the culture of abhorrent colonial insolence.

The whole world can witness the systematic human rights violations committed by the Israeli occupation forces on screen. This was clearly represented in the Israeli attack on the funeral procession and pallbearers carrying the body of martyr Shireen Abu Akleh while leaving the French Hospital in occupied Jerusalem. This horrific scene in its cruelty represents the daily and systematic oppression of the occupying forces against Jerusalemites and their funeral ceremonies, and Israel’s attempt to eradicate everything that is Palestinian from Jerusalem. This was preceded by the occupation forces’ attack on the home of the martyr’s family and the vicinity of the church, the site of funeral mass.

Today, Shireen Abu Akleh has become a symbol of professionalism and commitment that transcends the geography of Palestine. She represents a model for the struggling, professional, determined, and courageous Arab woman, which defies all the false impressions established by the culture of orientalism and biased Western media.

*BOYCOTTS involve withdrawing support from Israel’s apartheid regime, complicit Israeli sporting, cultural and academic institutions, and from all Israeli and international companies engaged in violations of Palestinian human rights.
screening of Fadia's Tree

A special screening of Fadia’s Tree

In celebration of women’s month, Ma3mal612 Think Factory in collaboration with ANHAR Network and “Identity and the City” program, hosted a special screening of Fadia’s TreeKarama Feather Best Documentary film winner

Fadia's Tree Poster

The female-led award winning documentary follows the relationship between a Palestinian refugee woman and the director and their journey down memory lane, displacement and a significant tree. The screening was followed by a virtual Q&A with film director Sarah Beddington



22, February 22, 2022, Sana’a Yemen: The Karama Yemen: The Human Rights Film Festival organized by the Youth of the World Together Organization (YWT) and funded by the European Union today announced the festival will run virtually from 13-27 March and in selected cinemas in Yemen’s Aden, Hadhramaut and Taiz.

The 14-day festival will feature transformative films that focus on human rights around the world with a spotlight on Yemen. The third edition embodies the theme ‘Reclaiming Narratives’. The range of films was selected to amplify the voices of those who have been stereotyped or misrepresented so that they can reclaim control of their rights through the power of film.

The programme of 22 compelling short films spanning fiction and documentary sheds light on the ground-breaking and authentic local artistic content often created in an extreme environment or through times of uncertainty and hardships.


Alongside films from Yemen, the carefully curated programme presents films from Germany, Myanmar, Argentina, Netherlands, Iran, Hungary, South Korea, Kashmir, Taiwan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Pakistan, United Kingdom, and Nepal. Over half of the programme has enjoyed international acclaim and 55% of the films in the programme are directed by women.

The Karama Yemen: Human Rights Film Festival was created with the support of The Youth of the World Together Organization (YWT), a youth non-profit that provides platforms to empower the youth and create positive change in their communities, support peacebuilding, human rights and enrich global understanding using arts, cultural, and media.

Together with funding from the European Union Delegation to Yemen, Karama Yemen launched in 2019 to advocate for human rights and social justice, encourage debate, and open a democratic dialogue on human rights issues by screening films from different parts of the world. The festival also serves as an important launchpad for Yemini talent and audiences to discover the diverse aspects of Yemeni life, the culture, and intimate portraits of life within the country.

In addition, festival-goers will be able to access a programme of masterclasses and panel discussions featuring Yemenis and international industry creatives to exchange knowledge, raise awareness, enjoy and debate.

Karama Yemen’s competitive sections will recognize remarkable creative filmmaking achievements, and Barran awards will be presented across four categories: Best Short Fiction Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Yemeni Film, and the Audience Award, with audiences voting for their favorite film of the festival.

Shaima Al-Tamimi, Programme Director, said: “Karama Yemen is a one-of-a-kind Festival that offers hope, a showcase of powerful narratives from the incredible talent and a form of escapism from the humanitarian crisis the country continues to face. The festival is dedicated to bringing people together, shaping understanding, and urging audiences to act on the most pressing issues facing humanity. I hope that the festival will have a collective impact on audiences at a time when the artistic expression is more important than ever.”

Nasser Almang, Festival Director and YWT CEO added: “The Festival aims to connect audiences to those fighting injustice, the festival will take audiences around the globe raising awareness of the human rights abuses faced both in Yemen and further afield. We hope to encourage change and use the festival as an opportunity to celebrate the talented local creatives who are using the power of filmmaking to tell their stories to the world, I’m confident these films will surprise and impress our local and international audiences.”

The Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Yemen Marion Lalisse said: “The EU is proud to fund the Karama Yemen Film Festival. This is an important event to bring to light human rights issues in Yemen and beyond through the power of film. Karama Yemen is an opportunity for brave and talented filmmakers affected by conflict and crisis to share their own unheard stories and a crucial platform through which new and authentic Yemeni voices can reach local and international audiences. Promoting and protection of human rights in Yemen is and will remain a priority issue for the EU.”

2022 Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival is funded by the European Union, supported by Movies that Matters and The National Endowment for Democracy, and in partnership with Anhar Networks and Karama Jodan Film Festival.

International Human Rights Film Festival “HUMAN SCREEN” – Tunis

Association ACTIF is honored to announce the holding of the 7th edition of the International Human Rights Film Festival “HUMAN SCREEN FESTIVAL” from March 08 to 12 in Tunis, Bizerte, Hammam Sousse, Gabes, Kasserine, Tozeur.

The seventh session of the International Human Rights Film Festival raises the slogan of women’s rights and marginalized groups

Program of the seventh session of the International Human Rights Film Festival

Programme 7ème edition HSF2022

The 17th annual report on the human rights situation in Jordan-NCHR

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the National Center for Human Rights in Jordan launched its seventeenth annual report on the state of human rights in the Kingdom for 2020, during a press conference held at the headquarters of the Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Erhayel Gharaibeh, and Commissioner-General Alaa El-Din Al-Armouti.

During the conference, the most prominent contents of the report were reviewed, whose methodology was based on monitoring policies, legislation and practices from a human rights perspective based on the Jordanian constitution and international standards governing human rights, to be one of the national tools for human rights assessment.

The report included three main axes, namely, the axis of civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, and the rights of the groups most in need of protection, in addition to a special appendix that includes statistics on the number of complaints received by the Center during the year 2020, distributed according to the right in violation. The report also included basic and detailed recommendations.


Amnesty International Report 2020/21: The state of the world’s human rights

The Amnesty International has released its report for the year 2020/21, which documents the human rights situation in 149 countries, including those in the Middle East, in 2020, as well as providing a global and regional analysis.

It presents Amnesty lnternational’s concerns and calls for action to governments and others. During 2020, the world was rocked by COVID-19. The pandemic and measures taken to tackle it impacted everyone, but also threw into stark relief, and sometimes aggravated, existing inequalities and patterns of abuse.

For downloading the report in the link below:


Joint event: screening of film “Feathers-Reesh” with Morocco and Amman 27th January – 29 January / 2022

The Egyptian film “Feathers-Reesh” was screened as part of a joint event between the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan and the White Night Festival in Morocco/Rabat. The film “Reesh” has won “Karama Feather Award” for Best Feature Fiction Film. The film won many important awards globally and in the Arab world, such as the Critics’ Week Award at the “Cannes International Film Festival” 2021 in addition to its nomination for the Golden Camera Award, and won the “El Gouna Golden Star” Award for Best Arab Feature Film at El Gouna International Film Festival in Egypt 2021. The film was screened in Rabat for three days, on 27th, 28th and 29th of January 2022, while the event was postponed in Amman due to the weather and heavy snow.

Joint event screening the winning ANHAR award (The Stranger) with Karama HRFF Jordan

The winner of ANHAR Award for Best Arab Human Rights Film 2021 “The Stranger” by Amir Fakher El-Din was screened as a joint event between the Red Carpet Festival – Karama Palestine, ANHAR Network, and Karama Human Rights Film Festival – Jordan in cooperation with the French Institute in Gaza and Ramallah. The Stranger is nominated for the 94th Academy Award representing the State of Palestine. The film’s world premiere was at the 78th Venice Film Festival, which opened in September 2021, where it won the “Edipo Re” award within the category of competing films “Venice Days”, before being screened at the “Palestine Film Days” festival in November of the same year. Then it was screened at the Cairo Festival where the film won the Best Arab Film award, in addition to the “Shadi Abdel Salam Award” within the “International Critics Week” competition, during the closing ceremony of the 43rd session of the Cairo International Film Festival.

Three screenings were held consecutively over five days at the French Institute in Gaza, the French Institute in Ramallah, and Amman – Jordan from 3 till 5 of February, 2022. The first screening, which was held in Gaza, was followed by an online discussion with the film’s director who based in Berlin. The film was screened on Monday, February 7 in Amman, at the creative headquarters of the 612 creative Hub, in the presence of a diverse audience who expressed their admiration and appreciation for the film and the activities of the Ma3mal 612 –Think factory, in preparation for the establishment of a film club that holds periodic screenings that will enrich cinematic activity and continuous awareness of human rights films.

Red Carpet-Karama Palestine

The next edition of Red Carpet Festival – Karama Palestine will be held from 12th till 17th of May 2022, through an open call through the Film Free Way platform. The festival will be in (corporation) with the French Institute in Gaza and Ramallah.. During the five days of the festival, screenings of short films will be projected at the French Institute and small cinema clubs and NGOs in Gaza and Ramallah. In addition, there will be a master class on how to create short films focusing on human rights issues. The workshops, screenings and outreach program will be mounted in closed assemblies and not in the open air, in order to avoid security harassment and to abide by the restricted budget of this edition.

Preparation for the Cultural Association for Film Work, Action 216 in Tunis

Violence, Why?” is the title of the Cinema Caravan event in its second season, which will take place over 03 months, starting from February 2022 in 17 prison units and 04 reform centers, which will host film screenings and dialogue sessions, provided by the work team, centered on the Violence distributed throughout the Republic. Target age group: from 20 to 40 years.

The Caravan is represented in the screening of films aimed at spreading the culture of human rights in closed spaces: prison units and reform centers returning to the General Authority for Prisons and Reform. The Caravan is a joint work between the World Organization against Torture, Tunis Office, the General Authority for Prisons and Reform, the Cultural Association for Film Work, and ANHAR Network for Human Rights Film Festivals.

An intellectual seminar for the cinema caravan furnished by specialists in sociology and in the field of cinematography in particular, based on a field research through a form distributed to viewers in the screening spaces, in the presence of the organizing body of the caravan and representatives of the reform department of the General Authority for Prisons and Reform.

The launch of the first edition of the Human Rights Film Days will start outside the capital (Nabeul or the island of Djerba) during last week of May 2022 with the theme: The impact of wars on children and women.

The International Human Rights Film Festival-Karama Tunisia- by ACTIF association Human Screen

Karama Tunis- the International Human Rights Film Festival is on process for preparing its coming edition in March. The festival draws a main theme that most of the programs revolve around “Women’s Rights and the Rights of Marginalized Groups” focusing on Women’s Rights- Gender and Economic Justice-Artists Rights in addition to discuss the topic of COVID 19 and human rights- Media and Citizenship Education- Human Migration and Mobility. The festival aims to promote and perpetuate a culture of human rights in society through film screenings, spark debate, encourage critical thinking and civic engagement, and promote open democratic dialogue on human rights issues among various international, regional and local institutions, organizations and the general public.

Programming will include more than 24 international films from different countries. The films will be followed by discussions in the presence of filmmakers and youth of various film clubs and associations, in the presence of the director- producer or representative of the film, as well as speakers present in the field (NGO directors, journalists, academics, etc.). Special screening sessions in Tunisian youth houses will take place in order to be able to establish a culture of human rights among young people.

The festival addresses various topics by organizing three seminars on the following main themes: Cinema at the service of women and the integration of marginalized groups, Social Diversity Justice, Economic Justice and COVID-19, and Open dialogue – Art and Law. While the slogan of festivals workshop is “Promoting human rights, especially women’s rights, through documentaries.” Faithful to its customs and in cooperation with ANHAR, other organizations, and the partner associations in the regions, “ACTIF” will conduct outreach program and deliver presentations in different areas and venues in the following cities: Tunisia- Bizerte-Kasserine-Zarzis.

Karama Festival, Yemen

The 3rd edition of Karama Yemen will be held from 9th till 22d of March 2022. During these 14 days of the festival, online screenings will be online in three cities: Aden, Hadhramaut, and Taiz. The theme is “Reclaiming Narratives” and 20 films were selected from 14 countries including 6 Yemen Films that carry a common theme, as we live in times of uncertainty and hardships the journey of “Reclaiming Narratives” is a state of mind that many aims to embark on and take charge of claiming back their rights.

Six seminar discussions will be organized online and in person in addition to three master classes tackling the following topics:

  • Film Festival Distribution for First-time filmmakers by Giona Nazzaro “Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival”
  • First-Time Film Producers by May Odeh “Director and Producer”.
  • The art and techniques of film cutting by Yorgos Lamprinos “French-American film editor. Nominated for an Academy Award”.

The festival will award four prizes for best film of categories: Documentary film, Short film, Yemeni film, and Audience award Karama-Yemen.

Karama-Beirut HRFF

Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival successfully finished its fifth edition entitled “Occupy the Void” which held in Sunflower theatre from 23rd to 26th of September 2021.The theme focused on civil society and the power of youth and their ambitions for social and political change. KBHRFF’s fifth version coincides with the movement of the Lebanese people that aims to recover the true meaning of the Constitution and laws and reshape the national identity according to values of citizenship and the standards enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through film screenings, discussions and other activities, KBHRFF called to occupy the void with a rights- based, comprehensive, public, and practical culture to achieve human dignity.

During the four days of the festival, KBHRFF screened twenty-one human rights films and hold ten after-screening discussions. To encourage young filmmakers, Karama – Beirut Festival presented six films for Syrian refugees produced by the “Action for Hope Film School”, three of which are documentaries, while the three others are fictions. Eighteen films were premiered for the first time in Lebanon. These films were produced in several countries, namely: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, the United States, and Australia.

As part of the festival, two free-of-charge master classes for students and young film makers took place: the first one was given by university professor Dr. Najwa Kondakji and tackled “Ways to express revolution in cinema”, while the second class was given by writer Najib Nseir and is titled “Citizen’s Rights in Dramatic Writing” which was attended by students from various Lebanese universities, in addition to filmmakers and young filmmakers.


ANHAR Seventh Annual Meeting

ANHAR annual meeting was held during the days of Karama Human Rights Film Festival in its 12th edition in Amman.

The meeting was attended by most of the network’s members from several countries, such as Lebanon, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, and Jordan. Other members from Palestine and Tunisia joined through video conferencing.

The members reviewed their previous activities, including the successes and emerging obstacles due to the conditions of the pandemic and its impact on various practical aspects. The members also discussed ways to overcome those circumstances and put future plans and projects in addition to general recommendations aimed at developing the network’s performance at the technical level and regional networking.

During the session, it was announced by Hadeel Jebary establishing Karama – International Film Festival – USA to be the first edition in Silicon Valley at the beginning of October 2022. The festival aims to find an entrance towards entertainment and commercial cinema, spread Arab cinema, change the stereotyped image of Arab society, and bring in a larger number of celebrities interested in human rights issues. Also, the file of the Cultural Association for Cinematic Action (AAC), which applied for membership in ANHAR, was studied and was accepted after voting.


Karama HRFF-Jordan

Karama HRFF 12th edition in Jordan was held under the title “Human Rights in a Virtual World” at the Royal Cultural Center from the 5th to the 12th of December, 2021. 51 films were screened in all genres; documentary, animation, short fiction and feature fiction films, from over 20 countries and from different parts of the world. The Opening took place through cinema of the neighborhood screening as a soft opening on the 2nd of December 2021on the walls of old buildings at Amman Al-Weibdeh area. A group of short fiction, documentary and animated films competing for the “Karama Feather” award were shown on the walls of Jabal Al-Weibdeh in Amman, in order to provide an opportunity for cinema attendance in the city’s streets, as a second experience created by the festival last year during the restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic.

This edition was distinguished by holding highly specialized interactive seminars for filmmakers, journalists and youth. The symposium “Human Rights in a Virtual World” raised the idea of human rights in the digital age between individual freedoms and collective domination, moderated by Tariq Hamdan from Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD).

The festival organized a “Must Meet Meeting” entitled “Film festivals and media coverage: critique and propaganda” in which many media professionals, journalists and human rights activists from Jordan participated, in addition to the presence of festival directors, film directors and critics from Jordan, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen. The attendees discussed the mechanism of covering film festivals, how film festivals became a “red carpet” and a review without content, in addition to questions about the transformation of film festival coverage from film criticism to a descriptive narrative only, and the reasons for the absence of this critical media coverage and contentment with superficial media coverage.

The Annual Youth Forum in this edition focused on the topic “Youth Challenges in the Alternative Labor Market”, by discussing various active youth experiences in societies, in addition to participation from specialized guests in this regard, with screening a documentary film in partnership with the Center for Lebanese Studies (CLS) and the Lebanese American University (LAU) on the path of Young people’s journey from education to the labor market.

On the musical level, the festival regularly hosts alternative bands that raise issues of human rights and values. This year the members of the Egyptian “Emdan Al Nour” band were guests and performed a concert within the festival’s nights. It is one of the most important underground music bands for presenting songs that express the concerns, dreams and aspirations of Egyptian and Arab youth.

At the closing ceremony, the Feather Karama Awards were distributed for the winning films at the festival, and the film “The Stranger” by director Amir Fakher El-Din, winner of the ANHAR Prize for the best cinematic work dealing with human rights issues in the Arab world, was shown. The festival continued with the organization of a community communication program and external performances, in order to reach the audience in new places in schools and universities to spread the culture of human rights films.

At the closing ceremony, the Feather Karama Awards were distributed for the winning films at the festival. The film “The Stranger” by director Amir Fakher El-Din was screened as the film won ANHAR Award for the best human rights film in the Arab world. The festival continued with the organization of a community outreach program and external screenings, in order to reach the audience in new places in schools and universities to spread the culture of human rights films.


Announcing the 5th ANHAR Award


The fifth ANHAR Award was presented at the closing ceremony of the 12th edition of Karama Human Rights Film Festival for the best Arab human rights film of the year.

This year, films were nominated by ANHAR members in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. All of them are films that dealt with fundamental issues affecting the human reality in our Arab societies. The nominated films are: “Feathers” directed by Omar El-Zohairy, “Amira” directed by Mohamed Diab, “Melody Morphine” directed by Hicham Amal, “The Stranger” directed by Amir Fakher El-Din, and “Trapped” directed by Manal Khaled,.

The jury is composed of the ANNHAR members had reached consensus and had voted for the award to go to the film “The Stranger” from the Occupied Golan. The young director Amir Fakher El-Din presents a promising work of art. Besides the film’s fine cinematic language, we hear the cry of a human being suffering from his lonely alienation. The film raises the questions of life, existence and belonging that hold breath and strain the soul. It is man’s attempt to search for a merciful homeland and a decent life.

Karama Yemen

Despite the difficult situation Yemen is going through; Karama Yemen in their preparations for the 3rd edition of Karama Yemen, have completed the EU funds proposal, and are still waiting for the response from the EU. Also, they held a competition for young filmmakers, organized by GIZ, in partnership with Youth of the World Together Organization (YWT Org) and Madiba Consult. The competition jurors committee announced the selection of ten film projects from four Yemeni governorates as part of its Arabia Felix Short Film Competition at an online Award ceremony on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

The selected film projects include a wide range of topics that promote peaceful coexistence, gender equality, acceptance, tolerance, women’s rights, democracy, and human rights.

The Ten Film Projects Selected by the Jurors:

Short Documentary:
What Brings You Here – Saber Wasel (Aden), White Wedding – Hithan Awn (Taiz), Toxic – Mohammed Abdel Al-Wadod (Sana’a), Souq Alharh – Montaser Al Kholidi (Taiz)

Short Fiction:
Hand Features – Boshra Alashuri (Sana’a), AlGabrti – Khaled Lekra (Aden), Abrar – Manal Al Shaibani (Aden) Between Two Pictures – Saleh Al-Arousi (Marib)

Short Animation:
Loula’s Feather – Nosaiba Muthanna (Sana’a), Reiteration – Yasmeen Alqaisi (Sana’a)

In the coming editions Karama Yemen will adopt a further developed format with a focus on training & capacity building programs – This is now possible as it has grown as a festival and a team, with the continuous support of the ANHAR member countries and the exchange of experience, references and film package.

Website: http://www.ywtye.org.in/https://www.facebook.com/YWTOrg/ 

📣 Meet Arabia Felix Short Film Competition Awardees (mailchi.mp)

Karama HRFF Jordan preparing for the 12th edition

In Jordan, The 12th edition of Karama Human Rights Film Festival 2021, started by launching the call for film submissions in the beginning of June 2021. The last date for film submissions is to be 15th of September 2021.

Festival’s preparation are going on steadily from starting to ask for the selected films by the selection committee to reserving the spaces at the Royal Cultural Center and Amman Municipality Hangar, together with agreements of partnership with the Ministry of culture and Amman Greater Municipality. The theme of this year’s edition will be “Human Rights in a Virtual World” in an attempt to open a discussion regarding the drastic changes imposed on the concepts of both; individual and society’s freedom, due to the changes and effects caused by the epidemic of COVID 19. Also, to examine the impact of this new world has had on our interpretation of human rights.

The Karama HRFF 12th edition team is planning for the festival to be  mounted physically in theatres almost as it used to be prior to the epidemic from 5 to 10 of December 2021, as well as holding screenings on the online platform dedicated to ANHAR Network and Karama Platform from 5 to 20 of December 2021. The Festival will host 60 Films from various countries and a set of parallel activities and seminars as well as concerts and art exhibitions and open air screenings on the walls of the old city of Amman. Karama HRFF hopes to hold ANHAR annual meeting in a physical encounter during the festival days.

This year’s film submission is not for free as it used to be, but it is free for the Jordanian films.

Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival

Although one can easily expect that it would be rather impossible for events to be organized in Palestine and Gaza Strip, due to the constant war the constant Israeli violation of the rights of the Palestinian people on a daily bases; The Red Carpet Festival for Human Rights held virtual events in view of the difficult health conditions that the Gaza Strip is going through following the Covid 19 pandemic. However, despite all the terrible circumstances, the festival organizers are still steadfast in their hope and determination to cooperate with their partners.

From this standpoint a joint even of screening the Irish film “Gaza”, directed by Andrew McConnell and Gary Keane, was organized between Karama HRFF in Amman and Karama Palestine, where a simultaneous screening was held, the screening took place in the French Institute in Gaza and in the Ma3mal 612 Technical HUB in Amman. Followed by a joint discussion via Zoom where one of the two directors “Andrew McConnell” joined and participated in the discussion.

The film was also screened online at the platform dedicated for ANHAR and Karama, the film was available online for 48 hours. It’s worth mentioning that the film “Gaza” has premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It was awarded the Pull Focus Award at the Belfast Film Festival 2019, Human Rights & Social Justice Award at Disappear Here Film Festival 2019, Dublin Film Critics Award at Dublin International Film Festival 2019.


Association of the Mediterranean Encounters ARMCDH (White Night) – Morocco

The White Night Festival celebrated its 10th edition in Rabat on 9th till 16th of July 2021.The Festival was mounted physically in the open air and in the National Library in the capital of Morocco. It hosted 10 films of various lengths: 3 documentaries, 5 fiction and 2 short films, all Human rights themed- such as Fame by the directors Giacomo Abbruzzese and Angelo Milano, and “Sukkar” by Ilias al Faris. The selection was done from 6 countries: France, Switzerland, Palestine, Italy, Mexico,and Morocco. Armcdh organized several seminars and discussions in the National Library location. Most important seminars and guest speakers were: ‘freedom of creation: between the constitutional basis and the momentum of the new model of development ‘ orchestrated by Fadoua Maroub, president of the ARMCDH, highlighted the testimonies of eminent speakers: Driss Ksikes (writer, journalist and member of the special commission on the new development model), Abdelkader Lagtaâ, (Director , Moroccan screenwriter and producer) Naima Zitane (director), Hicham Laasri (director and writer, Yassine Adnane (journalist and writer) on the exercise of the freedoms of thought, expression and creation and to answer several questions from the public present on site and through social networks.  The debate was concluded by Ms. Fadoua Maroub, covering the highlights of the 10th Nuit Blanche du Cinéma et des Libertés.

However; the White Night Festival was denied the open air opening ceremony by the government officials, 48 hours before the event, even though they had taken all necessary approvals beforehand. (Press Release Morocco)

Additionally, programmed Films were screened on the electronic platform only to take into account the conditions of Covid 19, in case the audiences will not reach the venues.



The screening of the Lebanese film “All This Victory” in Tunisia

With the support of the ANHAR Network, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals, the Tunisian Human Rights and Resistance Cinema Club, in cooperation with the “Art Cafe” space, presented an open space in the city of Sousse on Saturday 11 September 2021.

The screening of the Lebanese film “All This Victory” “جدار الصوت” directed by Ahmed Ghossein was presented in front of a crowd of more than 30 people of different ages and some passers-by who came to the screening space.

After the end of the film, a discussion took place about points related to the director’s ability to deal with space, his success in conveying feelings of terror and his use of sound (bombs, conversations, the sound of bullets and planes…) to take the film’s characters into a realistic atmosphere.

The discussion also brought up the issue of war, considering its consequences, which are not only limited to the demolition of buildings, but also destabilize the psyche and kill hope.

It is worth noting that the Lebanese film “All This Victory” “جدار الصوت” is the film that won the Karama Feather Award for Best Fiction Film for the 11th edition in 2020.

Erato Festival

After the hiatus that Libya is suffering from, due to the instability in Libya and the harsh conditions that the country is going through, the Erato Human Rights Film Festival is still keen on preparing the third edition of the festival. Currently, work is underway with Arab and international donors and partners.

The organizing team is also aiming for the third edition to be at the end of 2021. This edition will host Tunisia and the Tunisian cinematic experience as a guest of honor.



Karama Beirut 2021

Despite the difficulties and very harsh conditions in Beirut and Lebanon, Karama-Beirut is preparing for its fifth edition, to be held on the 23 till 26 September 2021 at the Sunflower Theater in Beirut, under the theme “occupy the void“. Twenty films will be screened during the festival varying in the genre of; fiction, documentary and short fiction from various countries of origin, including: Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Qatar, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, the United States and others. The 5th edition will present an intellectual symposium that will address the means of political and social change within the existing sectarian system. In addition Karama Beirut will organize two “Master Classes”, entitled “Citizen Rights in Drama Writing” and “Paths of Expressing the Revolution in Cinema”. The Karama Beirut team hopes to invite its directors and producers guests despite the multiple crises Lebanon is passing through.

Karama Beirut will open with the screening of the Egyptian film “Hammam Sokhn” / “Trapped” with the presence of the director Manal Khaled, duration of the film is 77 minutes and it will be screened at “The Sunflower Theatre” in Beirut. The film talks about the entrapment of few women due to the events unfolding in the streets of Egypt and apartment blocks. Their entrapment is not necessarily limited to concrete walls and locked doors, but is imposed by inner conflicts and thoughts. Even though the women share similar dreams of breaking free from social constraints and conditions, each fights her own battle.

It’s worth mentioning that four films to be screened at the Karama Beirut festival have been selected from Anhar Package The films are: From Egypt “As You Can See“ by Ghada Fikri, from Palestine “Bars” by Waleed Zedaney, from Belgium “So We Live” by Rand Abou Fakher and from Canada “Rebel” by Pier-Philippe Chevigny.

Gaza film

The Irish film “Gaza” will be shown in a joint event

“On days we eat nothing but salt”,,,,,,,,

Andrew McConnell and Gary Kane went on a trip to Gaza to show the other side of daily life of suffering and determination of the people of Gaza to build their lives away from what we see daily on television and news bulletins.

The Irish film “Gaza” will be screened, to shed light on the daily suffering of the people of Gaza, in cooperation between the “Red Carpet” Human Rights Film Festival – Karama Palestine and the “Cine – Club of the French institute in Gaza with Karama Human Rights Film Festival – Jordan.

The film will be screened at the French institute in Gaza City on: Wednesday, 4-8-2021 at 5:00 pm. On the same day, also, at the same time it will be screened at the creative HUB of Al-Ma3mal 612, in Amman – Jabal Al-Lweibdeh. The screening will be followed by a joint discussion between audiences in Gaza and Amman via direct zoom.

And for our audience in the Arab region, “Gaza” film will be screened on ANHAR dedicated online platform for 2 days, starting at 10:00 am on Friday 6/8/2021 until 10:00 am Sunday 8/8/2021.

Make sure join us and to book your seat here:

This screening is in solidarity with our people in Palestine, and part of the joint events program of “ANHAR” – the Arab Network for Human Rights Films and organized by Ma3mal 612 and Karama HRFF – Jordan Festival and “The Identity and the City” project.

Human rights news: Gaza – Palestine

Following the settlers’ attempts to seize the homes of Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and the Zionist occupation forces’ storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza responded by firing rockets. The heavily armed Zionist occupation forces, which is considered one of the five most powerful armies in the world, launched devastating bombings destroying many residential buildings and unarmed Palestinian civilians. This Zionist bombardment and counter-bombing continued for ten days, killing 243 people in Gaza, including 66 children, and wounding more than 1900 Palestinians. On the part of the settlers, 12 people were killed and hundreds were wounded.

Human rights organizations around the world responded condemning the Zionist racist settlement and supporting the struggle of the Palestinian people in the face of the Zionist war machine and genocide. Some of the responses are:

  • Human Rights Watch announced: that the abuses of the occupation require that he be tried for crimes of apartheid.
  • The BDS Jordan Association announced that it will establish a strategic plan in its work.
  • BDS USA: It won a decision from the Georgia state courts not to consider its activities unconstitutional and thus allowing it to hold marches and vigils against the practices of the occupation and to call for a boycott of its goods.
  • The “Blacklivesmatter” association announced its support for the rights of the Palestinian people, stressing its commitment to work to end all forms of colonial settlement, and that it is committed to calling for the liberation of Palestine.
  • In addition to many Western politicians who openly expressed their opinion:
  • And many artistic personalities, especially in Hollywood:
  • And many Arab artists, such as the artist Faya Younan:

Karama Beirut

Despite the difficulties and challenges in Lebanon, Karama Beirut plans to release its next edition under the theme “Occupy the Void” in late September of this year. This edition will be a mix of face-to-face and online screenings on the secure online platform of ANHAR Network Festivals.

Association of the Mediterranean Encounters ARMCDH (Wight Nights) – Morocco

In addition to preparing for the new edition of the White Night Festival, many film screenings and discussions were held.

The “Guide to Advancing a Culture of Human Rights and Citizenship through Cinema” has been completed in an effort to spread the tradition of “adopting cinema as a means to promote a culture of human rights” after it was implemented within the framework of the “Cinema as a ground for education on human rights and citizenship” project, with financial support from the European Union and the Embassy of the Netherlands It was prepared by Mustafa Al-Nawi, Abdul-Aali Al-Moalimi, Hamid Al-Kam, Bouchaib Dolkifel and Khaled Al-Hanafi.

Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club – Tunisia

  • During December 2020, ANHAR Network member in Tunisia, the “Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club“, held several films screenings, followed by discussions and introduction to human rights films in youth centers and culture houses in cooperation with ANHAR Network.
  • Last February 2021, the “Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club” was established at Ibn Khaldoun Maghreb Culture House, and in cooperation with the network, a screening of solidarity with the detained Egyptian producer “Moataz Abdel Wahab” was opened by showing the last tape produced by “When We Are Born” directed by Tamer Ezzat.
  • The first session of the “Cultural Caravan of Hope” was launched in cooperation between ANHAR Network and the International Organization Against Torture – Tunis Office. The convoy aims to establish human rights cinema clubs inside prisons, where films from the network were screened in 3 geographical regions of the Republic of Tunisia (North, Central, and South).
  • On March 2021, the club presented the movie “Roshmia” by director “Salim Abu Jabal”.
  • On June 5 2021, the animation movie “The Tower” by the Norwegian director Mats Grorud, was screened with discussion, in solidarity with the besieged Gaza and all of Palestine, in cooperation with ANHAR Network.
  • Work is underway to establish the first human rights cinema forum to be held during February 2022.
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ANHAR meetings

After the success of the annual meeting of ANHAR Network in December 2020 for members of ANHAR Network (the Arab Network for Human Rights Films), the network held a series of online meetings to issue promotional decisions and update the list of films in the network archive, and joint shows were launched where two members participate in a monthly show until the end of the year And that is on the secure online platform of ANHAR Network Festivals.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Karama Jordan and ANHAR Network with “ Tyro Association for Arts” in the city of Sour in southern Lebanon to exchange films and help them in their awareness programs to defend human rights. ANHAR also supported the exchange of short films held by the Tire International Short Film Festival – from 10 to 12 April 2021 at the Lebanese National Theatre.


Karama Jordan

After the success of the 11th edition of the Karama Jordan Festival under the title “Memory of Being”, Ma3mal 612 for Creative Thinking is preparing for the 12th edition under the title “Human Rights, is it a fantasy?” The activities of this edition will be held in theatres as well as on the Karama online platform and include 60 documentaries, fiction, short and animation films, from December 5-20, 2021.

An important activity was launched in response to the Corona pandemic at the Karama Festival 2020 and will continue in the coming years with more releases – the Neighborhood Cinema – and it is a response to the instructions to stay at home as a result of the pandemic in Jordan by bringing cinema shows to public places after the closure of cinema theatres, through screening the films on the walls of buildings in Amman.

Karama Jordan is establishing a new partnership with US-based “Nation Productions” to create a sister festival called Karama

ANHAR and Karama Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding with the “Tyro Association for Arts” in the city of Sour in southern Lebanon to exchange films and help them in their awareness programs to defend human rights. ANHAR also supported the exchange of short films held by the “Tyro International Short Film Festival” – from 10 to 12 April 2021 at the Lebanese National Theatre.

Karama Yemen

Despite the harsh conditions that Yemen is experiencing, Karama Yemen Festival team is preparing their festival through a series of training workshops to make a short human rights film as an entrance to the third edition of Karama Yemen Festival on December 10 of the current year, especially after the success of the second edition of Karama Yemen Festival in December 2020.

It is worth mentioning that “Yemen Film Factory” had held a comprehensive workshop for documentaries through electronic media between 11/12/2020 and 2/2/2021, which aimed to adopt and motivate talented young filmmakers from all regions of Yemen, where 12 filmmakers were trained. The workshop provided the trainees with technical skills and resources to make 12 short documentaries on the topic of cultural heritage and diversity in order to show the aesthetic aspects of Yemen.

The screening of the Palestinian film “The Tower”

In collaboration with ANHAR Network, The cinema club for human rights and resistance invites you to the screening of the Palestinian film “The Tower

On Saturday the 5th of June 2021 at The House of Culture Ibn Khaldoun in Tunisia the capital.

Solidarity screening of the movie “The Massacre”, Karama of Jordan and Karama of Beirut

Karama Beirut held an online solidarity screening in partnership with Karama Jordan, and “UMAM” Organization for Research and Documentation, together with guest members at ANHAR on April 11, starting at 12 noon – and it was open to the public for two days.

It is worth noting that the movie “The Massacre“, directed by “Luqman Selim and Monica Borgman“, is a feature documentary that contains rare archives on the Lebanese civil war, as it interviews street fighters in commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. The screening was preceded by a speech filmed by the director of Karama Beirut Festival Haytham Shamas and announced on ANHAR’s Facebook page and boosted to attract a wide range of audience.

ANHAR Award 2020 – Nominations and winner

A selected committee of the members of the ANHAR Network consisting of: Karama Amman, Karama Beirut and the Sudan Independent Film Festival, where the committee awarded the prize to the Palestinian film “200 meters” by Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh; The film tells the story of Mustafa and his wife Salwa, who are from two Palestinian villages 200 meters apart, but the wall now separates the two villages, which has negatively affected their living conditions and starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work.

Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads, his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonizingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travelers determined to cross.


The nominated films were:

200 Meters : Ameen Nayfeh

Palestine | 96 minutes | 2020 | Fiction 

Amussu : Nader Bouhmouche

100 minutes | Morocco | 2019 | Documentary 

FATWA : Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud

102 minutes | Tunisia | 2018 | Fiction

Gevar’s Land : Qutaiba Barhamji

80 minutes | France | 2020 | Documentary

We Are from There : Wissam Tanios

82 minutes | Lebanon | 2020 | Documentary



Karama Human Rights Film Festival 11th Edition

Karama Human Rights Film Festival Successfully Concludes its 11th Edition and Announces the Winning Films

Amman – January

Karama Human Rights Film Festival, the international festival that is the first of its kind, concludes its 11th edition after two successful weeks of screening to a set of top-rated films under the theme “Memory of Being”. Most of the screenings exceptionally took place on the virtual platform in response to the current pandemic situation, whereby theatre screenings were restricted to selected activities with a limited audience. Forty films were successfully screened, along with parallel events such as film discussions, debates, seminars and workshops such as MusiKarama, Karama Children, and Karama Irbid. Karama closing ceremony of the festival took place on Thursday, January 7th, at the Royal Cultural Center, and in the presence of a very limited audience.

The closing ceremony included a welcome note from the Director of Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Ms. Sawsan Darwaza, who thanked all partners and supporters as well as the team behind this success. Ms. Darwaza also expressed her appreciation to the Karama HRFF audience and fans who were enthusiastic about the festival ever since its inception. Mr. Ihab Khatib, the Artistic Director of Karama HRFF, also recalled the very beginning of Karam Festival in 2010 and praised the neighborhood open-air screenings on the walls that were exclusively introduced this year.

The winning films for the “Karama Feather Award” were also announced and acknowledged during the closing ceremony. The films fall under the following 4 categories: 8 films were nominated for “Karama Feather Award for Best Documentary Film” and was awarded to “The Art of Dissent” by American director James Le Sueur; and highlights the Czech cultural movement during the Velvet Revolution. Four films were nominated for the “Karama Feather Award for Best Fiction Film” and was awarded to “All This Victory” by the Lebanese director Ahmad Ghossein. 11 films were nominated for the “Karama Feather Award for Best Short Fiction Film” and was awarded to “Gabriel” for the director Yousef Kargar. Five films were nominated for the “Karama Feather Award for Best Animation Film” and was awarded to Director “Mahsa Sammani”. Five films were nominated for the ANHAR Award; “Best Human Rights Film of the Year” by the Arab Film Network and was awarded to the Palestinian film “200 Meters”, directed by Ameen Nayfeh and produced by Odeh for Film Productions for tackling a valuable human rights subject as well as the Palestinian cause. The “Audience Award”, which is selected based on the audience’s votes, was awarded to “As You Can See” by the Egyptian director Ghada Fekri.

The juries were selective when choosing the winners due to the high competition between a range of creative films, where experts joined the following 4 juries: the Documentary Jury was comprised of the Egyptian writer and filmmaker Khaled Ezzat, the Moroccan director Ali El Safi, and the German documentary director Monica Maurer. The Animation Jury was comprised of the Bulgarian painter and director Boris Despodov, the Indian illustrator and filmmaker Debjani Mukherjee, and Dr. Nabil Al-Metaini from Egypt. The Fiction Jury was comprised of Maciej Nowicki from Poland – director of WATCH DOCS, the Moroccan director Abdelilah ElJaouhary, and the Jordanian writer Yasser Qubeilat. The Short Film Jury was comprised of Tareq Abu-Lughod – the Founder and Owner of Arab Media Network, Cynthia Choucair – the film director from Beirut DC, and Dr. Alexandra Colta – the Scottish producer specialist at the Human Rights Film Festival.

Just like every year, the closing of the festival acknowledges one of the cinema artists or actors who passed away but left valuable films and exceptional impact, under the acknowledgment of “The Empty Chair”. This year, Syrian director and actor Hatem Ali has been selected for this edition, due to the treasured and appreciated films and series he created, most notably “Al Taghreebah Al Falestiniah”. Hatem Ali has previously participated in Karama HRFF and showcased his film “The Long Night” in 2010.

One of the most important parallel events was the “Unseen Lenses” seminar, that came in partnership with the Arab Film Network for Human Rights Films “ANHAR”, aiming to discuss the importance of establishing a Palestinian Archive center and the value of documentation for history. The seminar introduced significant speakers who have valuable input on this matter and have previously established their own archives, including the Cinema Director Qassem Hawal, Dr. Fayha Abdel Hadi and directors Muhannad Yacoubi and Ayed Nabaa.

On this occasion, Director of Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Ms. Sawsan Darwaza, expressed: “We are filled with pride to conclude another successful edition of Karama HRFF, in an exceptional form, as all circumstances that surrounded the world did not stop us from continuing what we started years ago, and we were glad to conduct our parallel events using the latest technology on live virtual platforms, the most important of which was the closing conference for “Cinema in Education”, along with the launch of a gender-sensitive curriculum book for cinema students, in partnership with UNESCO.”

Speaking about the films selected in this edition, Ihab Khatib, the Artistic Director of Karama HRFF expressed: “We are very selective when curating Karama films as we are committed to presenting the best. We believe in the vital role that cinema plays to create a positive impact and deliver effective messages. We are proud of this edition’s experience by screening on the virtual platform that proved to be successful and interactive. We gladly noticed an obvious number of audiences who attended from all over the world, reaching to more than 5,000 viewers. We kept some of our activities to take place physically at theaters; and it is important to mention the youth forum entitled “Reflections-19” that came up with 7 short films highlighting the topic of “the city and COVID-19.”

Karama HRFF has gained immense popularity and admiration since its inception, the 11th edition has introduced a plethora of innovative activities such as open-air screenings on Amman’s walls, serving as nostalgic recall of the old ways of cinema.

It is worth noting that Karama HRFF is managed and organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory and is in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, funded by the European Union and supported by the International Media Support (IMS). Karama HRFF aims to shed light on human rights issues and spread debate and discussion, especially during these times of COVID-19 the world is currently facing.

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Archive Seminar titled lenses unseen

Annual Special Topics Seminars – Archive Forum

We have become attached to our elders who are the most vulnerable to this virus. The generations who have witnessed the titanic socio-political shifts that created the contemporary world that we know today; in their memories are events of colonization, occupation, coups, rebellions, gender liberation, civil wars, the destruction and rebuilding of cities, the redefinition of our nations and their borders, economic collapse, environmental collapse and now this global pandemic. We believe that with the loss of these generations of “witnesses of history” we lose chunks of our history, and power that comes with knowing one’s history.

For its 3 consecutive years Karama HRFF continues to host Annual Special Topics Seminars with the aim of investing in propelling discussion based knowledge in the region. These Seminars are held as roundtable discussions intersecting with each year’s chosen theme. 

In conversation with our theme this year, The Memory of Being – we have a special focus on Archival material, oral history and anthropological research as our primary medium of inquiry and our departure point. We will hold a collection of discussions following the film screening in a semi-academic facilitated format.

PROCESS of the archive:

  1. Archive as a colonial artifact/oppression.

Discussion on prevalent archiving systems in the Region.

colonialism as a system of analysis and documentation

Discussion on their historical origins, evolution over time and the problematics that were born thereof.

  1. Archive as a tool for governance / centralization of power

  1. Archives as a tool of identity/ resistance:

The movement of archive Repatriation

the creation of indigenous archives

The power of the digital archive. (Physical anthropology)

Ethics Finding, collecting and Preserving archives

Oral history

advocacy and solidarity: movements through archives – and its evolution

A discussion on institutional and non-institutional elements of the “the archival process” – speakers from different schools of thought and different approaches.

PROCESS of the archive:

institutional inquiry

  1. collecting – focus on: the archival process –

  1. preserving and tan: Hawal: sent his life collection and moving his archive- and lost many of them to damage —> then he found 35mm archive & rediscovery and saving it

  1. ICA archiving systems, how we process, how we work on archives, advice and recommendations

  1. colonialism as a system of analysis and documentation– – spread geographically – authentication systemic

  1. Archiving – the image as a tool for resistance

open discussion

The workshop was held via the Zoom app at 1:00 pm Amman time on January 5th 2021 (12:00 pm Netherlands and Belgium time)

The director of the Karama Festival, director Sawsan Darwaza, the artistic director of the festival, director Ihab Al-Khatib, and researcher Jude Swerky participated in the workshop, while director Ayed Nabaa from the Karama team participated in the workshop.


The annual meeting of the Arab network for human rights film festivals 2020

ANHAR, the Arab Network for Human Rights Films and Festivals is a regional project with members from eleven Arab countries. Six years into its creation, ANHAR continues to be an evolving network that aims at connecting activists, filmmakers, festival directors and spaces for screening human rights films. With the aim of building bridges and encouraging the exchange of expertise through events, co-productions and advocacy campaigns.

The network supports its member’s film festivals with unique film packages ready to screen, and diverse capacity building programs for its teams. Namely, the members are Human Screen Festival- Tunis, Bidayyat for Audio Visual Arts-Syria, Sudan Independent Film Festival-Sudan, The White Nights Film Festival-Morocco, Karama Human Rights Film Festival-Jordan, SEMAT Production Egypt, Karama Mauretania international Human Rights Film Festival, Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival and Red Carpet Festival Karama Gaza- Palestine. Furthermore, UMAM for Documentation and Research Lebanon and Erato Libya and Yemen will Triumph, Karama Yemen are guest members of the ANHAR Network.

This year Ma3mal 612 and Karama HRFF will host the 6th annual meeting of ANHAR, the special screening event, as well as the ANHAR Award dedicated to the best human rights film for the year from among films nominated by the network members.

Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival

2020 Karama Yemen Film Festival – Whats New?

Learn more about the Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival, its launch date, and how to retrieve your tickets to watch the films.

Two short films produced by Bidayyat on the 17th edition of London Short Film Festival

The films “Douma Underground” and “I Have Seen Nothing I Have Seen All” at London Short Film Festival

Douma Underground” by Tim Alsiofi and “I Have Seen Nothing I Have Seen All” by Yaser Kassab to be screened at the 17th edition of London Short Film Festival in the section Documentary: Common vulnerabilities.

The festival runs between January 10 and 19, 2020, and the two films will be screened on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 7:00pm.

For more info about the screening halls and tickets, please visit this link

ANHAR productions:

ANAHR network in collaboration with Ma3mal 612 Think factory and HRDO Center have produced its third infographic short film. It’s premiere was at Karama HRFF in the Youth Forum. The title is youth employment and participation in the MENA region. The infographic included simplified visualizations and explanations of statistics of the dynamics of demographics in the region, the main challenges faced and the possibility of attempting to understanding this youth bulge as a massive opportunity for the region and its people.

Sudan independent film festival

The sixth edition of Sudan Independent Film Festival (SSIF) took place between January 21 and 27, 2020. This edition celebrates a new Sudan and a new dawn of Sudanese cinema, in concert with the merits of the extended struggles and strife, painting the face of the revolution that is our people- in that glorious December.

This edition of Sudan Independent Film Festival is dedicated in gratitude to all the souls that have turned into stars, leading the way for Sudanese women and men on the path to a honorable and emancipated life and to all the Sudanese artists. Those who faced difficulties while practicing their art and documenting life in the most difficult and darkest moment of the nation’s contemporary history. This edition was for freedom fighters from around the world.

The message behind SIFF 2020 was to celebrate the new footprint of the Sudanese cinema movement. A movement that took off because of every single person who contributed with a detail or an idea in any form of the arts.


Erato Festival – Karama Libya

The 3rd edition of Erato HRFF in Libya has been postponed from 24th of December 2019 to March 2020 mainly because of the overwhelming fighting and political situation in Tripoli in addition to funding challenges.

The Erato Festival team has already finished all the plans including selection of films and programing of the screenings and events in addition to the publicity and outreach. The theme of this year’s edition is “I am the story”; with a focus on films created by Libyan youth, in a manner where the artists depict their own stories and narratives through their films.

Karama Tunis in February 2020

Under the theme “The World Revolts”, ACTIF association announces the sixth edition of Karama Tunis HRFF, to take place from the 18th till the 22nd of February 2020. The screenings took place in Tunis the Capital, The cities of Kairouan, Gafsa and the town of Bizerte. 26 films were screened multiple times across the different locations. The festival also included a 3 day scriptwriting training and 4 major seminars under the themes of; The Environmental Revolution, The Digital Revolution, The Social and Cultural Revolution and the Gender Revolution.

Master Class in Morocco

White Night by L’Association des Rencontres Méditérranéennes du Cinéma et des droits de l’Homme

(ARMCDH), Bidayat for Audio Visual Arts and Karama Beirut announce a multi day workshop to take place in Rabat, Morocco, during the month of April 2020. This master class will experiment with a multidisciplinary approach, to interrogate the ethics of documentary filmmaking; the fundamental question is regarding the ethicality of using locations that were once war zones, particulary places that witnessed collective traumatic events, such as genocides, wiping out, bombarding and sieges.


How does one go about using these locations, especially when attempting to contextual the narrative within the painful narratives of these physical landscapes?


The master class will also focus on the “right to the image” in the field of cinema and the ethical issues of the profession i.e. the rights of the subjects we depict in documentaries and the image of violence, how we choose to represent it.

Parallel Screenings; Ashtar and Tiro-Istabuli theatre

The Istanbul Theater and the Tiro Society of Arts opened the second edition of the Lebanon International Theatrical Festival “Tiro International Art”, under the slogan “Art for Change”, from the 7th till the 10th of December. The festival offers theatrical, cinematic and musical performances to its direct community and locality, in hopes of enriching cultural and artistic exchange. This edition was in cooperation with Karama HRFF – The festival took place in The Lebanese National theatre of Tire; with the participation of 12 Arab and foreign countries including Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, Lithuania, Egypt, Jordan, Brazil, France, and others.

In the presence of a diverse crowd of students and parents; the performances were initiated with a street carnival which included a musical performance by the “band of the left” and the “Palestinian Saraj Al-Awda” band, and a film entitled “Return to São Paulo” by the Brazilian director Yogo Hattori.

Another Part of the ANHAR outreach package took place in ASHTAR premises in Ramallah, wherein an ANHAR film package was screened on the 21st of. Dec. 2019.

Window on Karama Yemen

For the second consecutive year Karama HRFF hosted a special screening program entitled “Window on Karama Yemen”. This special screening program hosts Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival, which took place in its first edition in April 2019. This program aims to celebrate Yemeni films, and particularly youth who invest titanic efforts in order to produce art that represents their reality.  The event, which included the screening of 7 Yemeni films (list available below), a musical performance and Special under the patronage H.E. Hans Grundberg, the ambassador of EU to Yemen. It was concluded by a Panel discussion with the three Yemeni filmmakers Mariam Al-Dhubhani (Just another Memory), Yousef Assabahi (LandMined) and Mohammed Moussa (Pathetic).


Screened films:

“Carroom” by Nashwan Sadeq (10 min)

“Dreams at the Age of Nine” by Dheya Sharaf (14 min)

“The Last Resort” by Noor Adeen Morgan (10 min)

“LandMined” by Yousef Assabahi (21 min)

“Just Another Memory” by Mariam Al-Dhubhani (15 min)

“The Helmet” by Osama Khaled (9 min)

“Pathetic” by Mohammed Moussa (6 min)

Karama Palestine– Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival

The fifth consecutive edition of The Red-Carpet Human Rights Film Festival was held over the course of 6 days, from the 4th till the 10th of December in different Cultural Centers, universities, institutes and colleges in Gaza, Jerusalem, Ramallah, the West Bank and Bethlehem. The decentralized Festival was in collaboration with the A.M. Qattan Foundation, The Palestinian Ministry of Culture, The Sakakini Cultural Center, Yabous Cultural Center, New Scene and The Gaza Association for Culture and Arts.


The festival’s team was able to obtain approval from the Palestinian authorities of the Gaza Strip to rehabilitate and reopen Amer Cinema, which has been abandoned for decades up until December 2019. Under the theme of “I am Human”, 43 films were screened from different origin countries and genres; the program included documentaries, fictions, shorts and animations. The opening film was entitled “GAZA” by Gary Keane and Adrew McConnell.


The Palestinian question is a fundamental one for the ANHAR network, Karama Human Rights Film Festival and Ma3mal 612 Think Factory. The Red Carpet HRFF is in partnership with Karama HRFF Jordan and a member of the ANHAR network.


5 years ago, In 2015, a red carpet was laid amongst the rubble of the destroyed Al-Shoja’eya neighborhood, east of Gaza City. The Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival is based on delivering messages to the world through the soft power of cinema, creating a fertile environment for Palestinians who are eager for freedom and dignity

ANHAR Award – Nominations and winner

During this year’s annual meeting the network members decided on the winner of the ANHAR award: The winner was the Tunisian nomination “The Haunted Past”, a feature documentary by Tunisian director Fatma Ryahi. The film tells the story of Tawfiq, A Tunisian soldier who fought in the Bosnian war against Serbian forces. He ends up imprisoned for six years after returning to Tunisia, only to discover that his Bosnian wife has abandoned their family, leaving him to care for their three daughters. He struggles daily between his responsibility as the primary caretaker and his need to seek revenge. ANHAR award is a symbolic financial reward for further packaging and marketing a HR film.



The nominated films were:

A Haunted Past: Fatma Ryahi | Tunisia | Documentary | 2018 | 90 min (the director was guest)

Still Recording? : Saeed Al Batal, Ghiath Ayoub| Syria, Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar | Documentary | 2018| 120 min (was a guest)

Just Another Memory: Mariam Al-Dhubhani| Qatar, Russian Federation,Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 14 min

When We’re Born: Tamer Ezzat | Egypt | Fiction| 2019 | 92 min

Urgent: Mohcine Besri | Morocco, Switzerland | Fiction | 2018 | 86 min (the director was a guest)

Istrupya: Ahmad Hassouna | Palestine | Fiction | 2019 | 89 min

Western Arabs: Omar Shargawi | Denmark , Netherlands | Documentary | 2019 | 77 min (the director was a guest)

Souda: Amal Sadbouh | Mauritania | Fiction| 2019 | 10 min

Khartoum Offside : Marwa Zein | Sudan | Documentary | 2019 | 75 min

The fifth Annual ANHAR meeting took place on the 7th and 8th of December 2019 in Amman, during Karama HRFF

The fifth Annual ANHAR meeting took place on the 7th and 8th of December 2019 in Amman, during Karama Human Rights Film Festival.

During this year’s annual meeting the network members decided on the winner of the ANHAR award from the list of the 9 nominated films (more details in following headline). The ANHAR network was also a fundamental part of Karama HRFF’s “Must Meet Meeting”. The meeting aimed to create active networks and bridges for current and future projects – between local and international industry professionals.


The goal of the ‘The Must-Meet Meeting’ is to connect the local scene on an internal level, by attempting to push local film practitioners to think of future creations in a more collective and holistic manner so as to have a more comprehensive pool of thinkers and creators working on a common goal of advocating for Human Rights.


In terms of future events the ANHAR network has consolidated its film package; A cohesive and diverse collection of films that will be curated and clustered together in a package, consequently, these films will tour in the different festivals that are a part of the ANHAR network and will be screened. The list can be found on the ANHAR website.


Furthermore, the network planned the upcoming HR film festivals of members such as Karama Tunisia, Sudan Independent Film Festival and Karama Yemen. Along with several outreach ANHAR screenings in the Golan heights and Ramallah City with Ashtar theatre. In addition to a Master Class in Rabat, Morocco with L’Association des Rencontres Méditérranéennes du Cinéma et des droits de l’Homme (ARMCDH); white night festival.


The attendees were; Ayman Al-Badrwi (Network Director), Ehab al Khatib and Sawsan Darwaza (Karama HRFF Jordan), Achraf Laamar, Rym Bin Mansour and Naceur sardi (ACTIF association– Karama Tunisia), Elaf Alkanzy ( Sudan Independant Film Festival), Haytham Chamass and Najwa Kondakji (Karama Beirut), Hala Galal (Semat Productions, Egypt) Mohammad Ali Attasi (Bidayat for Audio Visual Arts, Syria), Fadoua Maroub (White Night, Morocco) and special guest Salim Abu Jabal (Golan Heights).

Karama Human Rights Film Festival concluded its tenth edition on the 12th of December 2019

Karama Human Rights Film Festival concluded its tenth edition on the 12th of December 2019.

Under the theme “Karama Generation – Think Forward” which honored a generation of artists, activists and the youth that have become aware, engaged and committed to human rights values and issues in our region and beyond. The festival celebrated milestones in the past decade, but it also emphasized on its future progression. Think Forward was rather a call to action inspired by what has been done and what needs to be accomplished.


This Year’s festival witnessed a monumental shift. This year the festival was a rich 8 days packed with 100 films, along with 34 parallel events across 10 of the 12 Jordanian Governorates. The festival simultaneously opened in 9 governorates and was live streamed at the opening in the capital Amman. Its outreach program featured a dense variety of screenings within different universities, hubs and centers across the nation, along with the launch of the first “Karama Children Program” in collaboration with Haya Center in Amman and Zarqa. In addition to Karama Palestine screenings in the “Red Carpet” festival, and Ashtar theatre in Ramallah, along with parallel Screenings within Tyre Lebanon in collaboration with Tiro Istanbuli Festival.


The festival showcased a reflective “Karama Archive Exhibition” illustrating the journey of Karama HRFF in the past 10 years and beginning the conversation of its years to come. The festival also hosted a conference entitled “Cinema in Education”, wherein Ma3mal612, in collaboration with UNESCO, is working on a Curriculum for cinema institutions and universities across Jordan and Morocco. A “Youth Forum”, in collaboration with DROSOS foundation, in the form of a seminar/workshop wherein 11 youth projects were invited from 7 governorates for capacity building, training and networking.


Karama HRFF also included a full day program and panel discussion, in collaboration with IMS, entitled “No Means No!”, interrogating Gender based violence and its implications. Under the title “Low budget film – From Idea to Screen”, Karama guests Hala Galal and Sherif Mandour gave a master class in collaboration with and hosted by SAE Institute for Creative Media Industry. Furthermore, The Annual “Must Meet Meeting”- A meeting of global, regional and local actors in the film industry, ranging from festival directors to producers, and filmmakers- and the “ANHAR annual meeting” took place within the festival.


KARAMA also hosted two concerts for the Palestinian band 47 soul. And Last but not least, on the 10th of December, commemorating the international Declaration of Human Rights, Karama HRFF included a full day program with film screenings, musical performances, speeches and discussions under the title “Window on Karama Yemen”, along with an official “Human Rights Day Ceremony” in collaboration with OHCHR.


For more information: https://www.facebook.com/KaramaFilmFestival/


To view a comprehensive list of the screened films, please vist: https://karamafestival.org/festivals/this-years-pro/program/1

A Haunted Past by Farma Ryahi wins Anhar Award for Best Human Rights Film

A Haunted Past (Winner)

The film tells the story of Tawfiq, A Tunisian soldier who fought in the Bosnian war against Serbian forces. He ends up imprisoned for six years after returning to Tunisia, only to discover that his Bosnian wife has abandoned their family leaving him to care for their three daughters. He struggles daily between caring for his torn family and his need to seek revenge.

Fatma Ryahi | Tunisia | Documentary | 2018 | 90 min

Other Nominees

Between two Seas


Just another Memory

Khartoum Offside


Still recording?


Western Arabs

When We’re Born

ANHAR Annual Meeting – Amman Jordan

ANHAR Screenings: Human Rights Film Evening – Tunis

ACTIF Association (Tunisia) and Ma3mal 612 Think Factory (Jordan) have co-organized, within the framework of ANHAR: the Arab Network for Human Rights Films, and the International Human Rights Film Festival (Karama Tunis), a human rights screening evening, where four films were screened: “Lost in the Middle” – Belgium,  “Left, Right”- Tunisia, “Growing”-Jordan, and “You Are Not American” – Afghanistan.

The evening also included a Master Class in cooperation with the Tunisian Federation of Film Societies, and moderated by Mr. Ayman Bardawil: ANHAR’s director.


Call for Film Entry: Karama Human Rights Film Festival 10

Karama Human Rights Film Festival, organized by Ma3mal 612-Think Factory, launches the call for entries for its 10th edition from 4-10 December 2019, in Jordan Karama Jordan is the first human rights film festival in the Arab region, it co-founded and supported several festivals in the arab region, such as: “Karama Palestine | 2013”, “Karama Mauritania | 2014”, “Karama Gaza-Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival | 2015”, “Karama Beirut | 2016”, “Karama Yemen | 2018” and supported “Karama Tunis-The International Festival for Human Rights Films” and “Erato Human Rights Film Festival in Lybia”, within the framework of “ANHAR- The Arab Network of human Rights Film Festivals”, which Karama founded in 2015

In its 10th edition, Karama comes as a celebration of 10 years since the inception of the first human rights film festival in the Arab world. The theme of the 10th edition will celebrate a generation of artists, activists and youth, who are aware, engaged and committed to human rights values and issues, and tracing the transformations that influenced the Arab and world cinema, in terms of topics and treatment.

Karama Generation

The festival accepts human rights films, which are significant to the Arab region, which documented or depicted the changes and transformations that took place in the last 10 years. The films must be tackling issues of political and social transformations, justice, obstacles and challenges concerning human rights abuse in the world as well as the role of cinema in shaping awareness and promoting the values of human rights in local communities.

We are currently accepting entries for films of the following genres: short Fiction, short Documentary, and short Animation, which are produced after January 2017. A selection of films will compete in the Karama Feather Awards for Best Fiction Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Animated Film, Best Jordanian Film, as well as the “ANHAR Award: Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals”.

Please visit Karama HRFF’s website or “Click for Festivals” to submit your film.

The submission deadline is 25 September 2019

Master Class – The hybrid documentary and the boundary between fiction and reality

Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, in cooperation with Bidayyat and Art Factory 961 held a joint event: Master Class under the title the hybrid documentary and the boundary between fiction and reality. The Master class took place on the 3rd of July within the framework of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) 2019.

The Master Class shed light on discussing the reality and fiction in the documentary, how it developed, and how it is influenced by the technological revolution, such as accessing new means of filming, and new screening methods, as well as the use of social media platforms.

 Window on Karama Yemen – Berlin

Madar Forum held in cooperation with Yemen Will Triumph organization (YWT) the window on Karama Yemen Screening, which took place at Cinema Babylon in Berlin, on the 29th of June 2019.

The Festival under the motto “To the Light” came to promote human rights values, stressing that raising awareness and introducing youth to their rights is the first step to find solutions wishing that youth hold this light and lighten a new path towards peace and freedom. The screening was followed by a Q&A on Human rights situation in Yemen.

Human Rights Films Week in Morocco

ARMCDH, Association de Rencontres Méditerranéenne de Cinema et de Droits de l’Homme, held in partnership with ANHAR, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals, and Karama Human Rights Film Festival Jordan, a week-long screening program featuring Human Rights films produced or directed in the MENA Region.

The screenings took place during the period from 21-24 May 2019 at Cinéma Renaissance in Rabat. The program included 12 films from ANHAR film package, such as Stigma by Ehab Al-Khatib, Farid, by Ashraf Shakah, and Missing by Tariq Rimawi.

Karama Beirut Human rights Film Festival 2019 – Talk to Her

961 Art Factory held the 4th edition of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) under the theme “Talk to Her”, from 1-7 July 2019. The festival came in partnership with Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, Karama Human Rights Film Festival-Jordan, and in cooperation with the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) – Lebanon, and with the support of the UNHCR’s MENA regional office, as well as the embassy of Switzerland and the embassy of Czech Republic in Beirut.

The 4th edition of the festival shed light on gender equity, as in inherent human right, essential to the world peace, fluorescence, and sustainability. KBHRFF took place at Metropolis Cinema Sofil in Ashrafiyeh, Beirut and screened 22 films of all genres and all lengths, 7 of which are curated from ANHAR film package.

ANHAR – The Arab Network for Human Rights Films | logo 2019

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.

For more information, visit our media channels: www.karamafestival.org

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.


!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.




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


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 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.