Karama Festival is a six day film festival which is held in Amman, Jordan since 2010. After 7 editions of Karama Human Rights Film Festival, 356 human rights films were screened over the course of 7 year of cinema activism and advocacy for human rights in Jordan and in the region. Around 8000 spectators from different fields come yearly to the event, attend, and participate in its diverse activities.
Managed and organized by Ma3mal 612 Think Factory, every year, the KHRFF event includes a number of interrelated activities: screening of films (feature, documentary and short) from different parts of the world; film discussions and debates with some of the films’ production teams; seminars & workshops; ‘MusiKarama’ which entails musical concerts and dance performances; the ‘Conscious of Art’ (Art and Photo Exhibition); and Karama Atelier (an 8 week workshop that takes place before the Festival for the production of relevant films to be screened during the festival).
The year 2017 marks Karama’s eighth edition. After Karama’s launch in 2010, the festival gained the acknowledgement of many local, regional and international relevant stakeholders; official bodies, HR organizations and activists, similar festivals, filmmakers and artists, donors, as well as the media. The Karama team and packages were hosted by a great number of platforms both regionally and internationally, and have contributed largely to the establishment of three similar Human Rights Film Festivals in Tunis, Mauritania and Lebanon. Moreover, along with a number of local partners, and under the management of Ashtar for Theater Production and Training, Karama has succeeded to jointly establish the Karama-Palestine HRFF (in December 2013), and the Karama-Mauritania HRFF (March 2014).
Karama’s primary audience is the local general public, especially women and young people across Jordan. Furthermore, a good number of civil society activists and practitioners from direct relevant fields are also targeted and deliberately engage in the activities as being main stakeholders in this field. The festival also brings together many filmmakers, producers and other artists from Jordan, the region and the world. In addition to the main festival venues in Amman, screenings, discussions and workshops are also organized in schools and universities in Amman and other governorates; outreach screenings to date include: Zarqa, Irbid, Jarash, Ramtha, Ajloun, Karak, Jordan Valley, and Madaba.
In addition to the main festival venues in Amman, screenings, discussions and workshops are also other groups targeted by Karama are reached out through the Festival’s activities beyond its main event in December, and through the “KHRFF Package” which is disseminated to and shared with various festivals and similar relevant events in the region through ANHAR, the Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals.
Purpose of Karama HRFF:
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Karama Human Rights Film Festival seeks to create a cross-cultural platform for artists, film-makers and the wider general public to engage in issues relating to human rights, in particular to the dignity of human beings, their sense of worth, belonging and spirit of common welfare among their communities and the wider national spectrum.
Our aim is to advocate for human rights, invite debate, encourage critical thinking and civic engagement, and open democratic dialogue about human rights issues among the various international, regional and local institutions and organizations, and the wider public.
Karama seeks to promote screen arts that involve human rights issues as their subject matter.
Our purpose is to reach local and regional audiences, especially young people across Jordan and the Arab World, and to provide them with a platform to engage in global, cross-cultural discussions focused on human rights issues through film narratives and discourse.
Karama HRFF aims to achieve the following:
- Direct understanding of issues around human rights violations that spectators will understand.
- More people to get engaged in the human rights discourse through film, art and the understanding of art as an act of resistance.
- Involve more youth through the outreach program as well as citizens of remote areas expected to assimilate a new knowledge towards the necessity of human rights as inherent rights.
- Networking and visibility of artists, human rights activists and filmmakers.
- Attract new human rights platform audiences through music and theatre performances and eventually involve them in the core related human rights screenings.