BEIRUT: From Egypt and Argentina, to Slovenia and Germany, the Between Women Filmmakers Caravan has finally landed in Lebanon with a number of feature films and documentaries.
This initiative runs by women filmmakers and film curators. It aims to showcase a number of awarded international high-quality films directed and produced by women. The featured films are not usually screened in movie theaters.
Running in its 13th edition, this year’s caravan will be screening nine feature-length films and four short movies in both Saida and Beirut between April 26 and April 30.
“These films do not only feature issues regarded as ‘women problems’ but, the films show the perspectives of their extraordinary women filmmakers and directors. Topics covered include war, marriage, and life,” Racha Najdi, The coordinator of the caravan in Lebanon, told Annahar.
Najdi further explained that the caravan started as the Cairo International Women’s Film Festival in 2008. Back then, it was the first annual international women’s film festival in the Arab World.
“We kept holding the caravan in Cairo. The selections made there were then played in different countries,” She added. “This year and due to the legal complications in Egypt, we decided to move it to Lebanon, Mexico, and Spain.”
Holding all the screenings free of charge the caravan managed in all its previous editions to attract an audience from different social and cultural backgrounds.
This year’s screenings will be held in Saida-Maarouf Saad Cultural Center and will kick off with a film by the Palestinian director Mary Jasser titled "Duty.”
In addition to Saida, three nights of film magic will take place in Beirut-Dar el Nimr center.
The screenings will be followed by a series of discussions and Q&A sessions with the directors. The discussions will also highlight and encourage an exchange of experiences and knowledge between women filmmakers, producers, and programmers.
This initiative is executed in Lebanon through the Social Communication Center at AJIAL, an association that works with youth in Palestinian refugee camps by em-powering arts and culture skills. An additional screening in one Southern Palestinian refugee camp will take place.
The caravan hopes to bring a new wave of women filmmakers who will try to create their own cinematographic languages.
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