Press Conference Launching 3rd Edition of "Karama-Beirut Human Rights Film Festival" In cooperation with UN and Embassies of Switzerland, Czech Republic and Netherlands

The Lebanese NGO “Art Factory 961” is holding a press conference at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, 10 July at Metropolis, Empire Sofil, to launch the third edition of "Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival". The festival, under the theme “Free the Word,” is held this year in cooperation with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), and the embassies of Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands in Lebanon.

The conference will feature 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 will present the films that will be screened from July 17 to 20 at Metropolis cinemas.

Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival (KBHRFF) is a 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 1st edition of KBHRFF was held in 2016 under the theme “The Others,” and aimed to raise awareness on the rights of refugees and minorities in Lebanon and the Arab World. The 2nd edition in 2017 addressed the theme “New Identities” and focused on human rights content.

The 3rd edition aims to support free expression that is liberated from traditional official models, as well as remind the public that censorship and exploitation of artistic work stands in the way of practicing our human rights, the same rights that our countries have agreed to protect. It is our duty to preserve the positive spirit of creativity and to avoid the specter of repression.

UNIC Beirut kindly asks media organizations to give this conference the necessary coverage. Please confirm attendance of delegates on the following numbers:

UNIC Beirut

Rasha Salman 70-893898, salmanr@un.org

Maryam Sleiman 70-118990, sleiman2@un.org

KBHRFF

Haytham Chamass 03-985693, karamabeirut@gmail.com