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ANHAR Network and support films for women’s rights

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

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

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

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

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

Joint event on World Refugee Day – Jordan

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

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

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

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

Quarterly meeting of ANHAR

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

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

Action Association 216-Tunisia

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

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

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

Actif – Tunisie Anhar: Screenings at the beach

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

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

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

 

 

the martyr journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

A special screening of Fadia’s Tree

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

Fadia's Tree Poster

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

 

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.

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.

 

The Stranger

The Stranger - الغريب 112 minutes | Palestine, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic, Germany | 2021

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.

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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.

 

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اجتماعات أنهار

بعد نجاح الاجتماع السنوي لشبكة أنهار في ديسمبر 2020 لأعضاء شبكه أنهار (الشبكة العربية لأفلام حقوق الإنسان) قامت الشبكة بمجموعة من الاجتماعات online لإصدار قرارات ترويجية و تحديث قائمة الأفلام في أرشيف الشبكة، وتم إطلاق عروض مشتركة حيث يشترك عضوان في إقامة عرض شهري حتى نهاية العام وذلك على المنصة الإلكترونية الآمنة الخاصة بمهرجانات شبكة أنهار.

هذا وقد تم التوقيع على مذكرة تفاهم بين شبكة أنهار وكرامة الأردن مع جمعية تيرو للفنون في مدينة صور في جنوب لبنان لتبادل الأفلام ومساعدتهم في برامجهم التوعوية للدفاع عن حقوق الإنسان. كما دعمت آنهار تبادل الأفلام القصيرة التي أقامها مهرجان صور الدولي للفيلم القصير – من 10 إلى 12 أبريل 2021 على المسرح الوطني اللبناني.

 

عرض تضامني لفيلم “المجزرة” كرامة الأردن وكرامة بيروت

أقامت كرامة بيروت عرضًا تضامنيًا عبر الإنترنت بالاشتراك مع كرامة الأردن ومنظمة “أمم” غير الحكومية للتوثيق والأبحاث، وأعضاء ضيوف في أنهار في 11 ابريل الماضي بدءًا من الساعة 12 ظهرًا – وقد فتح للجمهور لمدة يومين.

ومن الجدير ذكره أن فيلم “المذبحة” من إخراج “لقمان سليم ومونيكا بورغمان“، وهو فيلم وثائقي طويل يحتوي على أرشيفات نادرة عن الحرب الأهلية اللبنانية، حيث يجري مقابلات مع مقاتلين في الشوارع إحياءً لذكرى مذبحة صبرا وشاتيلا. وسبق العرض كلمة تم تصويرها من قبل مدير مهرجان كرامة بيروت هيثم شمص وتم الإعلان عنها على صفحة أنهار على الفيسبوك وتم تعزيزها لجذب مجموعة واسعة من الجمهور.

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.

200 Meters

Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden| 96 minutes | 2020 | Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

Films

The Stranger

The Stranger - الغريب 112 minutes | Palestine, Qatar, Syrian Arab Republic, Germany | 2021

200 Meters

Occupied Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden| 96 minutes | 2020 | Fiction