Ma3amal 612 Think Factory / Festivals and Networks
Karama Festival is a six day film festival which is held in Amman, Jordan since 2010. After 6editions of Karama Human Rights Film Festival, 280 human rights films were screened during 6 years of cinema activism and advocacy for human rights in Jordan and in the region. Around 8000 spectators from different fields come yearly to the event, attend, and participate in its diverse activities.
Managed and organized by al Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, every year, the KHRFF event includes a number of interrelated activities: screening of films (feature, documentary and short) from different parts of the world; films discussions and debates with some of the films’ production teams; seminars & workshops; ‘MusiKarama’ (music events) and dance performances; the ‘Conscious of Art’ (Art and Photo Exhibition); and Karama Atelier (at least 8 weeks workshop that takes place before the Festival for the production of relevant films to be screened during the festival).
Beyond the first Karama Festival organized in December 2010, it gained the acknowledgement of many local, regional and international relevant stakeholders; official bodies, HR organizations and activists, similar festivals, Filmmakers and artists, donors, as well as the media. The Karama Team and packages were hosted in a great number of platforms both regionally and internationally, and has contributed largely to the establishment of two similar Human Rights Film Festivals in Tunis and Libya. In addition, together with a number of local partners, and under the management of Ashtar for Theater Production and Training, Karama had succeeded to jointly establish the Karama-Palestine HRFF (in December 2013), and the Karama Gaza (in May 2015, and 2016) as well as Karama Beirut (July 2016)
Karama’s primary audience is the local general public, especially women and young people across Jordan. Further, a good number of civil society activists and practitioners from direct relevant fields are also targeted and deliberately engage in the activities as being main stakeholders in this field. The festival also brings together many filmmakers, producers and other artists from Jordan, the region and across the world. In addition to the main festival venues in Amman, screenings, discussions and workshops are also organized in schools and universities in Amman and other governorates; reach out to date includes: Zarqa, Irbid, Jarash, Ramtha, Ajloun, Karak, Jordan Valley.
In addition to the main festival venues in Amman, screenings, discussions and workshops are also other groups targeted by Karama are reached out through the Festival’s activities beyond its main event in December, and through the “KHRFF Package” which is disseminated to and shared within various festivals and similar relevant events in the region.
Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) is a 3 days film event that contributes, among other well-established and renowned “Human Rights Festivals” in the world, to spreading a “cinema” that denounces racism, hatred discourse, discrimination and injustice.
The festival selects films that engage and inform people on human rights issues related to immigration, asylum, censorship and repression, eviction, child abuse and exploitation, death penalties, poverty, social exclusion, war and conflicts, workers and unemployed rights, Palestine/Israel conflict, mental health and social care, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights, youth, Women’s rights and gender issues, human trafficking, minorities cultures, environmental exploitation, freedom of expression and the media, imprisonment, torture, citizen’s political participation, transparency, democracy, democracy-building, civil rights and civil rights under occupation, etc.
This edition of KBHRFF of which the theme is “The others” takes place in MAY 2016 in Beirut. It attempts to raise awareness and to contribute to the respect of the rights of the refugees and the minorities in Lebanon and the Arab World to encourage and mobilize solidarity and support and to advocate for change. This 1st edition has selected around 20 films in coordination with Karama Human Rights Film Festival Amman, supported by Movies That Matter and Cinema without Borders international networks.
Karama-Gaza Human Rights Film Festival (Red Carpet) is a festival for short and long narrative and documentary films will be held in Gaza Strip on 12-14 May. It is the first festival that highlights human rights issues, mainly in Palestine and generally all over the world. The festival is a part of a joint event held in with Karama Festival for Human Rights Films held in Amman.
The opening of the first day of the three-day festival’s activities will be held next to the debris of the destroyed homes in Sheja’eya neighborhood (Al Tawiq ) in eastern Gaza. Holding the festival in the Gaza Strip, which lives under siege and destruction for so many years, will show the other cultural and humanitarian face of Gaza, and creates a state of communication with the world through the window of cinema.
”It is possible for prison walls to disappear, for the cell to become a distant land without frontiers.” – Mahmoud Darwish
Believing in the essence of the meaning of ”dignity”, and in the importance of its promotion through every possible way, it was necessary to contribute to the enrichment of existing momentum of more than sixty years of relevant effots acknowledged, through the establishment of the ”Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Palestine” as Palestine is recognized both regonally and internationally, as the address for a continuous struggle to defend human dignity and rights.
The first edition of ”Karam HRFF in Palestine” comes to build on the intensive and valuable, life and professional, experience of Palestinian people and many local and international human rights and development organizations, and in order to expand the geographical outreach of Karama as an independent public Human Rights platform for cultural exchange between members of the community and with filmmakers, artists, activists and many other stakeholders.
Under the framework of the ”Arab Human Rights Film Network”, established during Karama 2011, Karama Palestina was created through the joint effort and partnership between Ma3mal 612 and Ashtar Theater for Production and Training in Ramallah. Ashtar is know to be one of the most active organizations managing and producing artistic and cultural projects that involve human rights and justice issues.
Ashtar has taken forward the work load of preparing and supervising the implementation of ”Karama HRFF in Palestina” between the 14th and 19th of December 2013. The festival is organized in Ramallah, Gaza, Jerusalem, Hebron and Nablus to include the screening of 25 films selected from 600 (received through ‘Karama 2013 call for films) as well as other activities.
Through its first edition and the ones to come, the founding and organizing partners of ‘Karama in Palestine’ aim at providing an open sphere for local and international cultural and right-based organizations and activists eager to establish a human culture that contributes to making ‘Palestine the poeple’ and their strugle for achieving their rights, closer to the world; to re-positioning Palestine as one of the vanguard countries incubating people’s struggle for their freedom, rights and dignity.