GAZA CITY: The sixth annual Red Carpet Human Rights Film Festival in Palestine kicked off on Thursday, providing a platform for local and international productions with humanitarian messages.
This year’s event will screen his 43 feature films and documentaries at three locations in the Gaza Strip and one in the West Bank. They were selected from nearly 300 submissions received via the FilmFreeway International platform, which gives filmmakers worldwide access to major film festivals.
The theme of this year’s event is ‘Choufona’ or ‘Look at us, and organizers hope to shed light on the human rights violations facing Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
Despite the ugliness of what is happening in Palestine on a daily basis, the world seems to argue that the Palestinian story is missing.
With numerous Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank and the closure of human rights institutions, the message to the world is “no to human rights abuses,” al-Sabah said.
He said about 40% of the films at this year’s festival deal with the plight and cause of the Palestinian people, with the rest focusing on humanitarian issues in other parts of the world, such as the plight of refugees. added.
Festival spokesman Saud Abu Ramadan said the event would shed light on the neglect of Palestinians.
One local contribution is an animated film by young Palestinian director Ahmed Saleh that sheds light on the suffering of the Palestinian people.
In the 1970s, the Gaza Strip had 13 cinemas, but after the Palestinian Intifada in 1987, all of them disappeared.
Ramadan added that cinema has the power to send a message to the world about the Palestinian problem and the decades-long suffering of its people.