Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival
Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF), which is the first human rights festival in Lebanon, is an interactive, local platform where the general public can interact directly with civil society activists, filmmakers, producers and other artists from Lebanon, the Arab world and the International community. KBHRFF is a project that promotes human rights by countering racism, hate speech, discrimination, and injustice. Over the past seven years, the film festival has been an important platform for filmmakers from the Middle East and the world to share their films that advocate for human rights.
KBHRFF 7th Edition - 5 till 8 October 2023
This year's Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival 7th edition and under the title: “Hold On”, will focus on holding on to the basics of Human Rights charter and on diversity and inclusion of marginalized groups.
Despite the clarity of the provisions of the International charter of Human Rights, its real understanding and practice are subject to a lot of blindness, misinterpretation, and obstructions, which leads to a practical denial of these rights. The KBHRFF is trying to shed light on the original formula of this charter, and call for reading it as it is in its clear form.
On this matter, Art Factory 961 Association dedicated its seventh edition of Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival, to call for everyone, through art and films, to re-read these provisions as agreed upon and announced by humanity, in order to reconsider the interpretive formulas, and to re-work according to them as standards of justice and fairness.
Over the course of 4 days, the KBHRFF will present more than 13 films from several countries in the world in an attempt to restore clarity to human rights practice, which means preserving human dignity and diversity everywhere, as a founding principle of human rights in our country. A wide range of films, fiction, documentary and animation all of which will be screened, subtitled in both English & Arabic.
Themes included among others: Diversity and inclusion of marginalized groups, war, refugee rights, Women's rights, migration and slavery.
The festival will take place at the Sunflower theatre, Tayouneh from 5 till 8 October 2023. As every year, debates and Q&A’s will be organized after almost every film with the presence of the directors of the films from all over the world. In addition, a Master class to refute common myths and fallacies in media toward persons with disabilities, will be implemented during the days of the festival. The Master class will be recorded and screened later on our social media pages. Students from all over Lebanon will benefit from this Master class for free.
One specialized panel discussion: “Diversity and Inclusion” - Creating accessible and inclusive eco-systems, will take place with live interpretation to English.
Haytham Chamass - KBHRFF Director