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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.

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

Preparation for the Cultural Association for Film Work, Action 216 in Tunis

Violence, Why?” is the title of the Cinema Caravan event in its second season, which will take place over 03 months, starting from February 2022 in 17 prison units and 04 reform centers, which will host film screenings and dialogue sessions, provided by the work team, centered on the Violence distributed throughout the Republic. Target age group: from 20 to 40 years.

The Caravan is represented in the screening of films aimed at spreading the culture of human rights in closed spaces: prison units and reform centers returning to the General Authority for Prisons and Reform. The Caravan is a joint work between the World Organization against Torture, Tunis Office, the General Authority for Prisons and Reform, the Cultural Association for Film Work, and ANHAR Network for Human Rights Film Festivals.

An intellectual seminar for the cinema caravan furnished by specialists in sociology and in the field of cinematography in particular, based on a field research through a form distributed to viewers in the screening spaces, in the presence of the organizing body of the caravan and representatives of the reform department of the General Authority for Prisons and Reform.

The launch of the first edition of the Human Rights Film Days will start outside the capital (Nabeul or the island of Djerba) during last week of May 2022 with the theme: The impact of wars on children and women.

The International Human Rights Film Festival-Karama Tunisia- by ACTIF association Human Screen

Karama Tunis- the International Human Rights Film Festival is on process for preparing its coming edition in March. The festival draws a main theme that most of the programs revolve around “Women’s Rights and the Rights of Marginalized Groups” focusing on Women’s Rights- Gender and Economic Justice-Artists Rights in addition to discuss the topic of COVID 19 and human rights- Media and Citizenship Education- Human Migration and Mobility. The festival aims to promote and perpetuate a culture of human rights in society through film screenings, spark debate, encourage critical thinking and civic engagement, and promote open democratic dialogue on human rights issues among various international, regional and local institutions, organizations and the general public.

Programming will include more than 24 international films from different countries. The films will be followed by discussions in the presence of filmmakers and youth of various film clubs and associations, in the presence of the director- producer or representative of the film, as well as speakers present in the field (NGO directors, journalists, academics, etc.). Special screening sessions in Tunisian youth houses will take place in order to be able to establish a culture of human rights among young people.

The festival addresses various topics by organizing three seminars on the following main themes: Cinema at the service of women and the integration of marginalized groups, Social Diversity Justice, Economic Justice and COVID-19, and Open dialogue – Art and Law. While the slogan of festivals workshop is “Promoting human rights, especially women’s rights, through documentaries.” Faithful to its customs and in cooperation with ANHAR, other organizations, and the partner associations in the regions, “ACTIF” will conduct outreach program and deliver presentations in different areas and venues in the following cities: Tunisia- Bizerte-Kasserine-Zarzis.

The screening of the Lebanese film “All This Victory” in Tunisia

With the support of the ANHAR Network, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals, the Tunisian Human Rights and Resistance Cinema Club, in cooperation with the “Art Cafe” space, presented an open space in the city of Sousse on Saturday 11 September 2021.

The screening of the Lebanese film “All This Victory” “جدار الصوت” directed by Ahmed Ghossein was presented in front of a crowd of more than 30 people of different ages and some passers-by who came to the screening space.

After the end of the film, a discussion took place about points related to the director’s ability to deal with space, his success in conveying feelings of terror and his use of sound (bombs, conversations, the sound of bullets and planes…) to take the film’s characters into a realistic atmosphere.

The discussion also brought up the issue of war, considering its consequences, which are not only limited to the demolition of buildings, but also destabilize the psyche and kill hope.

It is worth noting that the Lebanese film “All This Victory” “جدار الصوت” is the film that won the Karama Feather Award for Best Fiction Film for the 11th edition in 2020.

Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club – Tunisia

  • During December 2020, ANHAR Network member in Tunisia, the “Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club“, held several films screenings, followed by discussions and introduction to human rights films in youth centers and culture houses in cooperation with ANHAR Network.
  • Last February 2021, the “Cinema of Resistance and Human Rights Club” was established at Ibn Khaldoun Maghreb Culture House, and in cooperation with the network, a screening of solidarity with the detained Egyptian producer “Moataz Abdel Wahab” was opened by showing the last tape produced by “When We Are Born” directed by Tamer Ezzat.
  • The first session of the “Cultural Caravan of Hope” was launched in cooperation between ANHAR Network and the International Organization Against Torture – Tunis Office. The convoy aims to establish human rights cinema clubs inside prisons, where films from the network were screened in 3 geographical regions of the Republic of Tunisia (North, Central, and South).
  • On March 2021, the club presented the movie “Roshmia” by director “Salim Abu Jabal”.
  • On June 5 2021, the animation movie “The Tower” by the Norwegian director Mats Grorud, was screened with discussion, in solidarity with the besieged Gaza and all of Palestine, in cooperation with ANHAR Network.
  • Work is underway to establish the first human rights cinema forum to be held during February 2022.

The screening of the Palestinian film “The Tower”

In collaboration with ANHAR Network, The cinema club for human rights and resistance invites you to the screening of the Palestinian film “The Tower

On Saturday the 5th of June 2021 at The House of Culture Ibn Khaldoun in Tunisia the capital.