33 Films in the "Human Rights Festival"
Bahrain will be organizing the Bahrain Second International Human
Rights Film Festival under the patronage of King Hamad on 01 May
2009. The Festival is expected to last for four days and Africa
will be celebrated this year. Mr Fadil Habib, Director of Public
Relations and Media, has revealed that the number of participating
films has increased to 33 and has anticipated more in the coming
period. He pointed to the international presence in the festival
and hoped that the Kingdom of Bahrain will join the international
network for human rights films soon.
The festival is the first of its kind in the region and around
ten countries will participate including: Japan, Holland, Nigeria,
South Africa, USA, India, France, Bangladesh, Cameroon and Afghanistan.
The festival will allocate prizes for best documentary and feature
film, best director and best actor or actress. The festival, and
after its successful first experience has been given a financial
grant by the Ministry of Social Development as part of the Ministry's
support for civil organizations. Several films drew the attention
of critics in the first festival including: 'Under Fire' which portrays
the 2006 war in Lebanon, 'Rephrasal' which recounts American soldiers'
memories in Iraq, 'Soil and Soot' which narrates the tragedy of
civilians in Afghanistan and finally 'It's a Free World' which deals
with migrant workers in Britain, as well as another film which reflects
the human tragedy in Darfur.