the martyr journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

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

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

 

KARAMA YEMEN: HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL – Press Release

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:

https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol10/3202/2021/en/

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.

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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.

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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.

https://www.facebook.com/Erato.film.festival/

 

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

 

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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