AIFF wraps up with celebration of arts, human dignity

Amman International Film Festival
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AMMAN — The Amman International Film Festival — Awal Film, concluded its second edition on Monday with a screening of the Jordanian short, "Diana," by Mason Al-Hibedi, 9 days and 51 films from 26 countries after the festival started.اضافة اعلان

The festival was also the home of the first world premiere of four films, with another eight being regional premiers. These included two documentaries, four feature-length films, and two short films.

‘Diana’ and honor killings in Jordan

(Photo: Handout “Diana”)

“Diana,” a local short film was chosen to conclude the festival and stared Raken Saad in a great performance depicting a dreaming girl who is looking for love in a society that forbids it, incriminates it, and even considers it a breach of honor that would put her parents in a position to fall victim to a heinous crime.

According to a UN report issued in 2017, one in two crimes against women were committed by a member of the victim's family.

Botox: A dark interesting family comedy

(Photo: Handout “Botox”)

Iranian film “Botox” hilariously examines family dynamics with incisive dark comedy. Bolstered by its lovely set design, confident direction, and terrific lead performances, with a surprise ending.
In Iranian writer and director Kaveh Mazaheri’s feature film, two sisters, Akram and Azar, lie about the disappearance of their brother by telling everyone he has fled to Germany. In time, this lie takes on a life of its own, leading to dark and mysterious places.
The film blends dark comedy, drama, and thriller elements with real finesse, and it builds extra intrigue by adding a thick lather of magical realism to its twisted, character-driven tragicomedy about siblings and familial hierarchy.

200 Meters: A story of resistance and dignity

(Photo: Handout “200 Meters”)

 A Film by Ahmed Nayfeh, Palestinian-Jordanian production “200 Meters,” is a family drama that tells the story of a couple — Mustafa and Salwa — living in two Palestinian villages just 200 meters away, but between them lies the separation wall.

Their exceptional living conditions and obstacles affect their marital life.
One day, Mustafa receives a phone call that his son was in an accident and is at the hospital. Rushing through the Israeli checkpoint, the 200-meter journey becomes a saga joined by other passengers who are all determined to cross the barrier.

“200 Meters” focuses on the impact that a wall can have on people’s daily lives, as well as the discomfort suffered by children and the difficulty of living and working normally, which Palestinians suffer from daily.
The film is stars Ali Suleiman, as well as Zarrah and Samia Al-Bakri.

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