"In order to induce positive change in today’s societies, youth need to be given the chance to express their views and needs through the appropriate means. Cinema is an important tool in today’s hi-tech societies and allowing people to use that tool can enhance creativity, openness, and positive change."
So states the mission statement of the Human Rights International Film Festival - Palestine 2014, scheduled to be held in Ramallah from 11 to 16 September 2014.
Entries should be feature and documentary films produced in 2012 and 2013 and tackling the human rights narrative.
Organised by the Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association (PSCAA), and supported by the EuroMed Audiovisual, the festival is to include a wide rage of activities. Apart of film screenings, the organisers promise to hold series of workshops for experienced filmmakers and for the youngest audience, introducing the latter to the "importance of cinema as a means to develop youth and spread the culture of non-violence, tolerance and reconciliation."
Based in Ramallah, the festival organisers hope to take the event further to other Palestinian cities.
For more information about the festival, visit the EuroMed Audiovisual website here.