Amman- under the slogan “Generation Karama - Think Forward” the Karama Film Festival celebrates its 10th edition this year launching on the 5th of December and running until the 12th. It highlights the new generation of directors and audiences that are interested in human rights issues.
Organized by “Ma3mal 612 Think Factory” in partnership with The Royal Cultural Center, funded by the European Union and supported by the Office of the Higher Commissioner of Human Rights, the festival will be screening 100 films across all genres: fiction, animation, and documentary films of both short and feature lengths.
Karama Film Festival started in 2010, and the focus in this edition will be on the youth and their visions of the future, their demands for equality, and their view on the consequences of the tide and anti-tide of the uprising of revolutions everywhere in the past decade.
The festival will also address leading social change, in regard to; the refugee crises, displacement issues, children’s rights and their protection from conflict and war environments, as well as the vital role of youth in raising awareness about these escalating issues and making real sustainable change.
In its 10th edition, Karama Film Festival will present a human rights film marathon by showing 100 different films over the course of eight days in Amman. The festival will open its doors on the 5th of December in 10 different cities across the kingdom: Irbid, Ajloun, Jerash, Salt, Zarqa, Madaba, Karak, Ma’an, Aqaba and Amman
Regarding the 10 year celebration of Karama Film festival, festival director Sawsan Darwaza stated: “For this Festival to continue its growth and sustain its place throughout these years is the real achievement, organizing an international festival focusing on human rights issues enables us to leave a mark on generations to come through the screening of unique films around our kingdom.”
Since the beginning of Karama Film Festival, it has been cautious to adopt a different theme each year. Each theme is relevant to the socio-political changes the world faces, it crystalizes a relationship between reality and cinema that highlights change, displacement, the rise of extremism, the role of art in social and political participation, and many other elements.
The festival has five similar versions in Arab countries: Karama Palestine since December 2013, Karama Mauritania since March 2014, Karama Beirut since 2016, Karama Tunisia since 2017, and the most recent Karama Yemen, which was launched in April 2019.
Additionally, the festival presents the “Karama Feather Awards” that were launched to support the competing films from various categories; documentary, fiction, shorts, and animation. Annually jury members from around the world, of film professionals and critics, select the nominees of these awards. The festival receives around 800 film applications to compete for screenings and awards. About 500 films have been screened over the past nine years from 66 countries.
As for the Film selection of this particular edition of Karama, Artistic Director Ehab El Khatib comments: “Karama Human Rights Film Festival has relentlessly remained up to date with the newest cinematic productions of the region, and through that provided a relevant selection of films annually. This year’s theme is honoring a generation of Karama, one of its kind in the Arab world - where it cultivated the youth to become aware of human rights issues, through a special yearly selection of Arab and international films that deal with youth issues and obstacles of the whole region.”