Ma3amal 612 Think Factory
Identity and the City
Identity and the City is a call for the definition of an identity to serve as a general frame for a free and creative environment benefiting all elements of the Jordanian society. The collaborative project to shape a unique social, cultural and artistic identity emphasizes the role of artists as citizens and initiators of change to reclaim the space we live in and to reflect the active engagement of the people of this region with Human Rights. With the help of the Drosos Foundation, Al Ma’amal 612 Art Productions provides the opportunity for young artists of Jordan to come together and create a collective art movement. An outreach initiative extends the impact of the movement to Jordanian youth from less advantaged areas of the region. They will be exposed to the core ideas of Human Rights and work together with young, mid-career artists to create innovative art projects. We are battling the negative and one-sided representations of our cultural identity through peaceful means and impact on the way our living space is portrayed; but more importantly, we are fighting to unite behind a vision for the future.
Project name: Identity and the City
Time: 1st September 2016 – 31st August 2017
Senior Artists: Sawsan Darwaza, Ehab Khatib, Ammar Khammash, Dr. Alhakem Masoud
Arab Youth Forum – Change Makers
Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands / A initiative from Ma3mal 612-Think Factory
The forum aims to provide Jordanian youth with the opportunity to discuss various experiences and theories in the actualization of human rights in Jordan in order to move from a place of theory to practice with tangible and measurable results. At the same time, the convening of various human rights activists and filmmakers into one space provides the opportunity for youth to network and interact with various figures in those scenes in Jordan. This works as a motivational tool for those active and not active to participate further in the collective visualization of positive change in the Arab world and more specifically in Jordan. The structure of an open forum helps ensure a more open space for dynamic interaction and conversation between participants.
2011 marked the first edition of the Arab Youth Forum. Within this edition, Karama brought together young filmmakers, bloggers, journalists and photographers from around the Arab region. During three days, and with the support of media specialists in the region, both participants and the invited audience have been searching for ways to enhance film documentation quality in the engagement with human rights issues.
Funded by Hikma Pharmaceuticals / In cooperation with Media Expert Aroub Soboh
After the big success of the Arab Youth Forum – Change Makers in 2011, the Karama Team decided to dedicate the forum in 2012 to the Jordanian youth and its concerns regarding human rights issues, violations and guidelines.
The forum focused on the role of youth within the steps of Karama third edition’s: ‘’Know…Act…Think…Know…Think…Act’’ cycle and how youth from within this cycle actualize positive change in the future of the Arab region and Jordan. Participants include social media, film and community activists.
The attendees of the forum discussed selected topics expressing 2012’s U.N. International Human Rights Day theme: ‘The right of Participation and Inclusion in Public and Political Life’.
The following topics of discussion were addressed:
– Forms of Exclusion and Discrimination in Jordan
– The Reality of Human Rights in Jordan
– The Exclusion of Women in the Jordanian Political and Social Space
– Human Rights and Children
– Who is the “Other” and How do we Exclude him/her in Jordan?
– Human Rights Filmmaking and Social Media Reception in Jordan
Stories Untold (Co-Production)
Stories Untold is a filmmaking project for women, which presents the unique stories of twelve exceptional women from across the MENA region. The films are made by the women themselves with the help and facilitation of six professional female filmmakers from Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Oman.
With their smart phones, these first-time filmmakers document their individual experiences and reflections to present their realities to the world in a new light. The short personal documentaries will give the women an opportunity to show their world, their lives, and their attitude towards their surroundings completely uncensored.
In the public domain, many perceptions exist on what certain people are and are not able to do. In this project, women from Arab countries get to tell their own version of what they deal with in their everyday lives – and what they hope to change in future on their own terms!
The first-time filmmakers have been taught to express themselves visually through film on a need-to-know basis by six female professional filmmakers from the MENA region, who C:NTACT and MA3MAL 612 have worked with to create a method of self-expression through film. The directors and the first-time filmmakers thus enter in a unique symbiosis, where they together create a completely new genre, distanced from classic documentary and closer to personal storytelling aesthetic.
Through this user-driven aesthetic, the project aims to dissolve prejudices on a global scale. We hope that women all over the world can mirror themselves in the personal representations of the first-time filmmakers, renegotiate their prejudices – and even become inspired to tell their own stories using their own phones. In this way, the project aspires to popularise and democratise this method of filmmaking and use it as a catalyser of visualised personal storytelling of people all over the world.
Stories Untold films:
The Road (14:30 min., Egypt)
Alia El Masry is a young aristocratic lady who had an unstable life during her childhood. She did not grow up in a home with a specific religion which caused her a lot of confusion. At 15, she started following the Sufi Tariqa which resulted in gaining back the harmony between her and her family. Tutored by Noha el Madawi.
Mai (14 min., Egypt)
Mai Mohsen is a young woman , loving life, earth, roses and trees. She is looking for happiness, even in the simplest of things. She is suffering from cancer that is spreading all over her body. But even in moments of pain and sickness she insists on looking for happiness. Tutored by Noha el Madawi.
Fate (Kadar), wherever it takes us – a story of a sudden asylum.
(7:30 min, Jordan)
From the minefields to asylum, Kadar Fayyad takes us through her journey as a volunteer and tells the stories of others through her own. Tutored by Mais al Sahli
Pashks (10 min, Oman)
Fatma Hassan, a woman in her early fifties with thick voice, tall body, always wearing Baluchi colourful clothes. She tells the story of her daily routines and her joy in telling the story of her admiration with the Baluchi dresses. Tutored by Muzna Al-Musafer.
Dana and I… Our Journey with the Goats (7 min., Oman)
Dana and her grandma Moza al Jabri find joy in documenting their journey through the grasslands. Tutored by Muzna Al-Musafer.
Cactus (6min., Palestine)
Iman Amira opened a plant nursery called “The Family” where she plants and sells cactus. She is trying to be a female entrepreneur. She suffers from the rejection of the male merchants. This is manifested when they refuse to cooperate with her to buy what she plants. Tutored by Emtiyaz al Moghrabi.
Captain Abeer (6:30min., Palestine)
Abeer Harb is a student and the only coach for the women’s soccer team in Balata refugee camp, Nablus. She faces the fact that there is no women’s soccer team in Northern West Bank as the traditions forbid women to practice soccer. Tutored by Emtiyaz al Moghrabi.
And the next year we’ll have good harvest (10 min., Tunisia)
Zuhra Bellamine has chosen to be a farmer in Tunisia. She narrates her relationship with the land she works in, with her father who died and with the rain she awaits. Tutored by Soumeya Bouallegui.
Tide (4:45 min., Tunisia)
Tide is an alternation between the contradictions. Rym Mouelhi is looking at her relation with her husband and society. The apparent alienation and the hidden desire result in a continuous inner pressure. Tutored by Soumeya Bouallegui.
Mosaic (3:30 min., Lebanon)
Sarah Zeryab is not 25 years old yet. She is in a dialogue with Beirut the city, as she asks: how can we proceed after our second asylum? Tutored by Lina Al Abed.
One step too late (7 min., Lebanon)
Rima Al Nihawi is a 35 years old daughter who took the first steps in confronting her father’s abandonment of the whole family, in order to achieve some reconciliation with her past and overcome her fears. Tutored by Lina Al Abed.