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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

 

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.

 

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

200 Meters

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