NAYA| Karama's Human Rights Film Festival: All on gender equality

The festival also included open discussions with the film makers, workshops, and panel discussions about women’s issues.
by Sandra Abdelbaki

6 July 2019 | 16:50

Source: by Annahar

  • by Sandra Abdelbaki
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 6 July 2019 | 16:50

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BEIRUT: With the support of the OHCHR, UNHCR, UNIC Beirut, and the Embassy of Switzerland and Czech Republic, Karama Beirut wrapped up the fourth edition of its Human Rights Film Festival choosing gender equality as its main theme this year.

The five-day film festival is part of ANHAR, which is a regional network of film festivals and affiliated organizations functioning to advance the cause of human rights. The network includes more than 11 participating Arab countries that work on exchanging knowledge and experiences when it comes to cinema and films.

For four consecutive years, Karama Beirut has chosen different themes to tackle in its film festivals. This year’s theme was titled “Talk to Her” and aimed at conveying messages about gender equality to the audience.

“We chose this title as an invitation to deepen the interaction among ourselves as equal members of our societies,” said Najwa Kondakji, the Program Manager.

The 24 films were screened at Metropolis cinema and were taken from several different countries. It's objective was to assist the public in learning more about women's issues and rights around the globe.

“Women will be able to relate their current status to the status of women in different countries,” Kondakji told Annahar. 

The films dealt with important cases of women without any prejudice or bias.

“This year, we had films that tackle women rights in education, in the workplace and in many other aspects of life,” she said.

Some of the topics tackled by the films included women empowerment in the Lebanese film “Strong," directed by Salim Saab, and women domestic workers in the film “Maid in Hell," directed by Soren Klovborg.

The festival also included open discussions with the film makers, workshops, and panel discussions about women’s issues.

A plenary talk titled "The law of personal status and its effects on women in Lebanon," for instance, took place at the festival. Leila Awada, the co-founder of KAFA, and Urlik Halsteen, representative from the OHCHR, discussed the law of personal status and its devastating impact on women in Lebanon.

The festival was described as an invitation to consolidate a deeper, cultured and elevated understanding of gender equity.

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