Beirut-Over the three coming days, Metropolis Empire Sofil cinema will be hosting the first edition of the Karama Human Rights Film Festival.
Amidst the hard conditions in Lebanon and the Arab world, the festival seeks to raise awareness on the rights of refugees and minorities, and to encourage solidarity, support, and work for change.
Like other human rights festivals, organizers have chosen movies that provide people with more information on rights related to migration, political refugees, censure, oppression, deportation, social rejection and child abuse.
The Lebanese will have the chance to watch 16 movies that focus on justice, the rejection of discrimination, and human superiority to ensure a minimum amount of dignity for citizens and residents.
This edition, which is entitled “The Others,” will spotlight movies that reject wars and conflicts, defend the rights of laborers and unemployed people, and discuss the Palestinian cause, human trafficking, minority culture, freedom of expression, political participation, credibility, and democracy.
The festival has chosen Arabic and international movies in cooperation with film production associations in Jordan and The Hague.
Karama Festival is a co-founder since December 2015 of The Arab Network for Human Rights Films that supports cooperation between directors working in the field of human rights by supporting their projects that target their countries and communities.
The festival comprises long and short movies and documentaries from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Britain and other countries.
The last day of the festival will be entitled “Cinema Voyages,” which draws a cultural and artistic invisible line between Beirut and Amman through Damascus, while the movies that will be shown on this day will discuss the asylum case in Amman and Beirut.
The festival will also include a symposium that highlights the view of citizens toward refugees by denying all types of violence regarding their humanitarian rights.