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Berlin Human Rights Film Festival-Amman Edition shows women still struggling

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At Berlin Human Rights Film Festival-Amman Edition, which starts today and lasts for three days, lovers of documentary films will for sure enjoy the three screenings that tackles climate change issues through women activists in different countries, women rights, and raging war.اضافة اعلان

The festival is organized by the Royal Film Commission, in cooperation with the German Embassy in Amman. The selected films, which won several prizes, are screened at The Rainbow Theater at 7 pm.

“Dear Future Children”, by Franz Böhm, follows three activists fighting for change, in need of social and political reforms and independence.


Dear Future Children

The three women activists, from Hong Kong, Chile, and Uganda, are Hilda, Rayen, and Pepper; they send a message to the world through participating in social actions to better the place they live in, seeking an improvement of the situation for the next generation.

In Chile, Rayen, protests against social justice, risking imprisonment and brutal beatings to change the regime; Pepper is working against rejecting the imposition of Chinese rule since the British handover and the removal of freedoms; Hilda is a climate change activist in Uganda.

The women protagonists in Böhm’s film are powerful and inspiring. The film focuses on the longer term consequences of suffering at the hands of governments, which pushes the activists to fight to achieve their goals no matter what the price is. It investigates the impact activism has on the lives of the young protestors while attempting to provide a platform to the individuals and movements who do not often make the headlines.
The question of course remains whether such action can really be a catalyst for change at a political level where it really matters, particular on global issues such as climate action, democratic rights and the end of gender and race-based oppression.

Dear Future Children

It also draws the attention to the rise of youth activism, specifically the one led by Gen Z, and the goals they can achieve because they are , willing to protest to support the issues they care about online and on the ground. 

The question of course remains whether such action can really be a catalyst for change at a political level where it really matters, particular on global issues such as climate action, democratic rights and the end of gender and race-based oppression.


Bangla Surf Girls

“Bangla Surf Girls”, by Elizabeth D. Costa, is set in a coastal city in the southern Bangladesh where teenagers Aisha, Shobe and Suma join a surf club, trying to overcome cultural taboos.

Determined to surf despite complicated family dynamics and poverty, these young women create social conditions “through catching the wave”.

It is a story of the luxury of dreaming or living without hope in a still- developing country by girls who are considered to be putting a stigma on families in a traditional society.

Moments of anger, struggling with their reality which weighs them down with responsibilities, risking beating, marriage at an early age or having to go to work to put food on the table are constant clouds over them. Their only moments of joy are on the sea waves.


Ghosts of Afghanistan

“Ghosts of Afghanistan”, by Julian Sher (directors: Sher, Graeme Smith and Natalie Dubois), follows Canadian war correspondent Graeme Smith who has lived and worked in Afghanistan for many years. There, he meets people involved in the reconstruction of the country and insiders who know its social and political context.

The country’s deep inner turmoil becomes particularly clear through the perspective of the various women who have their say in the film. Shaharzad Akbar, chairwoman of Afghanistan’s national human rights institution, and Farahnaz Forotan, Afghan journalist and women’s rights activist, paint a different picture of the fears and hardships of Afghan women in the city and in the countryside.

Smith also meets students from Kabul University who do not fear telling him how the Taliban could threaten their hard-won rights and freedoms.

The documentary enables the viewer to understand how it was possible for the Taliban to regain power in Afghanistan. It shows the background of a global conflict that has traumatized and deeply divided the Afghan population.

Young women, in the cities in particular, are afraid of the Taliban returning. Fighting against it is life threatening, especially for women’s rights activists are on the death list of the insurgents.

Exclusive interviews with top politicians in the Afghan government and Taliban leaders impressively show the Afghans’ internal struggle for the long-awaited peace.

Afghanistan expert, political adviser, and former war reporter Smith, lived in Afghanistan for almost a decade has contacts that open the door to a world that is normally closed to the West. He was one of the first journalists allowed to speak to the Taliban in the early years.


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