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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.

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).