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.
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.
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.