The festival is one of the early pioneers in human rights viewings in the Middle East region. Several international media outlets, including Al-Jazeera, Time Magazine, France and Egypt prime channels cover the festival, which features films spotlighting human rights catastrophes in Egypt, Senegal, India, South Africa, Argentina, the US, and other countries.
“Egypt is known as Um al-Dunya, the ‘mother of civilization’ observes festival organizer Dalia Ziada, who directs AIC’s Egypt office. “The festival aims to highlight international human rights issues and build understanding between cultures. Many of the films focus outside the Arab world, exposing Egyptian audiences to issues we do not hear about often in the news.”
The 2010 festival included more than twenty films from the well-known Frontline: Ghost of Rwanda to several noteworthy documentaries on the risk of immigrant migration, violence against women, social class inequality, child laborers, Israel/Palestine issues and the dreams of a child to be educated past being a food stand salesperson.
While the festival is a much smaller venue than the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), the emotional impact and educational format cannot be discounted and gives the opportunity for those attending the red carpet CIFF during the day to attend the Human Rights Festival during the evening.
For more information about the films and the 4th Cairo Human Rights Festival www.cairofilm.org