Karama HRFF 13th Edition

Karama Human Rights Film Festival – organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory – announces the launch of its activities for the year 2022. The 13th Edition will be from 15-21 December 2022.

The theme of this Edition comes under the title “Human Rights and Transformations”, with the aim of examining human rights’ priorities and changes in the world in the post-pandemic era – the economic and political transformations, deviations and mutations.

We have been accepting entries for films of the following genres: short fiction, feature fiction, documentary, animation, produced after January 2019. The open call for submissions was open until 13 August 2022, and is now closed.

A selection of films will compete in the Karama Feather Awards for Best Fiction Feature, Best Feature Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Animated Film, and the Audience Award, as well as the “Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals”, for Best Human Rights Film- ANHAR Award.

Karama HRFF Jordan is the first human rights film festival in the Arab region, and the first international film festival in Jordan. It has co-founded and supported several festivals in the Arab region such as; “Karama Palestine | 2013”, “Karama Mauritania | 2014”, “Karama Gaza-Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival | 2015”, “Karama Beirut | 2016”, “Karama Yemen | 2018”. It also supported “Karama Tunis-The International Festival for Human Rights Films” and “Erato Human Rights Film Festival in Libya” within the framework of “ANHAR- The Arab Network of human Rights Film Festivals”, which was founded by Ma3mal 612, in 2015.


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

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.

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.


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 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.

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.

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.

كرامة الأردن

بعد نجاح الدورة 11 من مهرجان كرامة الأردن تحت عنوان “ذاكرة الإنسان”، يقوم معمل 612 للأفكار بالتحضير للدورة 12 تحت عنوان “حقوق الإنسان هل هي ضرب من الخيال؟” وسوف تتم إقامة فعاليات هذه الدورة على منصة كرامة الإلكترونية وتتضمن 60 فيلما وثائقيا وروائي وقصير و تحريكي وذلك من 5 – 15 ديسمبر 2021

وقد تم إطلاق نشاط هام استجابة لجائحة كورونا في مهرجان كرامة 2020 وسيستمر في السنوات القادمة مع مزيد من الإصدارات – سينما الحي – وهي بمثابة تجاوب لتعليمات البقاء في المنزل نتيجة للجائحة في الأردن من خلال جلب عروض السينما إلى الأماكن العامة بعد إغلاق دور السينما، وذلك من خلال عرض الأفلام على جدران المباني في عمان.

تقوم كرامة الأردن بتأسيس شراكة جديدة مع شركة Nation Productions التي تتخذ من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية مقراً لها لإنشاء مهرجان شقيق باسم: كرامة

كما وتستعد أنهار وكرامة الأردن لتوقيع مذكرة تفاهم مع جمعية Tyro 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.

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.

Infographic film | International Children’s Day – ANHAR Network

On the International Children’s Day, how does reality look like?

Right to life, education, freedom of speech, rest & leisure?
Values of tolerance, elimination of all forms of discrimination?
protection from domestic violence?
Recruitment of children in armed conflicts?

An infographic film produced by Karama human rights Film Festival and ANHAR, Arab Network for Film Festivals on the occasion of the international day for children.

For more information on ANHAR co-productions, click on the following link
And to get updates on Karama 2018, please visit our website

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.