Karama Film Festival
The first Human Rights Film Festival in its second edition is set to take place in Amman, Jordan from the 5th till the 10th of December 2011.
‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world’ – Mahatma Gandhi
Karama Human Rights Film Festival seeks to create a cross-cultural platform for performance artists, film-makers and the wider general public to engage in issues relating to human rights, in particular to the dignity of human beings, their sense of worth, belonging and spirit of common welfare among their communities and the wider national spectrum.
Karama is committed to the generation and dissemination of substantial, creative and fresh perspectives in film-making focused on issues of human rights.
Karama Human Rights Film Festival started in 2010 as the first human rights film festival in Jordan. Although many regional and international human rights organizations are players in the discourse on human rights in the region, there is no significant platform for the discussion of human rights in Jordan or the neighboring Arab countries. Sensing the need for such a dynamic, a founding committee for the first Jordanian human rights film festival was established in July 2009. The committee comprised Sawsan Darwaza (festival director), Ehab El Khatib (artistic director) and Ayman Bardawil (media expert).
This year’s edition of Karama is organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, a non-profit organization and a collaborative, global and diverse pool of artists who are workers and thinkers with a mission to develop socially conscious art and film projects.
The festival’s core theme is human dignity (in Arabic: karama). Human rights in Jordan and the Arab region in general are still very much at stake. According to the Amnesty International Annual Report 2011, Jordan still struggles with human rights issues such as freedom of expression, honor killings, unfair trials and torture.
Karama Human Rights Film Festival 2011 will screen 45 films from 27 countries. The films include documentaries, short films and fiction films, all related to human rights issues. The final festival program will be posted in the program schedule as soon as it is available. Entry is free of charge to all screenings and events. This year’s film selection includes five award-winning films from Barcelona Festival of Cinema and Human Rights in 2011.
Films will be screened either in Arabic with English subtitles or in English with Arabic subtitles. Foreign films, not including English, will be subtitled in English and Arabic. Most of the films will be followed by Q&A.
The main festival activities will take place at the Royal Cultural Center theaters and cinema halls. There will also be screenings and debates in universities and schools outside Amman, as part of the Outreach Program.
Alongside the film screenings, Karama 2011 will hold a panel discussion on transparency, and the Arab Youth Forum will take place for the first time. This year also includes a seminar on the birth of human rights and its international protection, a panel session on the right to life and death penalties; a musical concert and art exhibition all related to human rights themes. See links on this page for further information on the Parallel Events.
The following is the full program for Karama Human Rights Film Festival 2011. For print options, please select link below. (PDF Version)
For More Details : http://karamafestival.org