Announcing the 5th ANHAR Award “The Arab Network for Human Rights Films” for best human rights film.
The Stranger Directed By: Ameer Fakher Eldin
Watch the director’s statement: Ameer Fakher Eldin for his winning film
Announcing the 5th ANHAR Award “The Arab Network for Human Rights Films” for best human rights film.
The Stranger Directed By: Ameer Fakher Eldin
Watch the director’s statement: Ameer Fakher Eldin for his winning film
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:
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)
Hand Features – Boshra Alashuri (Sana’a), AlGabrti – Khaled Lekra (Aden), Abrar – Manal Al Shaibani (Aden) Between Two Pictures – Saleh Al-Arousi (Marib)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Palestine | 96 minutes | 2020 | Fiction
100 minutes | Morocco | 2019 | Documentary
102 minutes | Tunisia | 2018 | Fiction
80 minutes | France | 2020 | Documentary
82 minutes | Lebanon | 2020 | Documentary
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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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:
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.
Archive as a tool for governance / centralization of power
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
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:
collecting – focus on: the archival process –
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
ICA archiving systems, how we process, how we work on archives, advice and recommendations
colonialism as a system of analysis and documentation– – spread geographically – authentication systemic
Archiving – the image as a tool for resistance
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.
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.
Learn more about the Karama Yemen Human Rights Film Festival, its launch date, and how to retrieve your tickets to watch the films.
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“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)
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
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 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.
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.
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To view a comprehensive list of the screened films, please vist: https://karamafestival.org/festivals/this-years-pro/program/1
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
Between two Seas
Just another Memory
When We’re Born
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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. 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.
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 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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 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.