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UNIC Beirut launches Human Rights Film Festival with local NGO and Diplomatic Corps

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20 July 2018
UNIC Beirut launches Human Rights Film Festival with local NGO and Diplomatic Corps
On 17 July 2018, the Lebanese public had a “rendezvous” with several Arab and international directors, actors/actresses and media personalities during the opening event of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival 2018!

Organized by Lebanese NGO “Art Factory 961” with the support of the UN Information Centre in Beirut, and in cooperation with the embassies of Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in Lebanon, the festival is in its third edition, and continued until 20 July at Metropolis cinema, Beirut, under the theme “Free the Word.” The Festival is a yearly film event that contributes, among other well-established and renowned human rights film festivals in the world, to spreading a cinema that denounces racism, hate discourse, discrimination and injustice. The 3rd edition focused on free expression, liberty from traditional moulds, and the essentiality of freedom of expression to the practice of human rights, the same rights that our countries have agreed to protect.

The festival featured screening of 16 films from Lebanon, the Arab World, Europe, America, and Asia, including seven long documentaries, four short documentaries and five short feature films, followed by a panel discussion and Q&As. The last day featured a forum which addressed freedom of expression in Lebanon, and which was moderated and attended by prominent Media personalities. Some of the movies included: Gaza Surf Club (Germany), The Band (Iraq), Naila and the Uprising (Palestine), The Borrowed Dress (Syria), The Shield that I Carry (Lebanon), and Land of Doom (Syria).

One week before the official opening, UNIC Beirut and Art Factory 961 held a Press Conference launching the Festival. The conference featured statements by H.E. Ambassador of Czech Republic to Lebanon Ms. Michaela Froňková, and festival director Haytham Chamass. The festival’s program manager Najwa Kondakji presented the films that would be screened during the four-day period. The conference and festival were disseminated extensively and picked up widely by media: 72 written media outlets published the announcement and news item. UNIC Beirut also arranged for several interviews for the festival key staff with main TV stations, radios and websites, including OTV, Maryam TV, Al-Jazeera, LBCI, etc.