The Jordanian Royal Film Commission has launched Cinema for All, a cultural project which serves inmates in correctional and rehabilitation centres, according to the information released by Cairo-based public relations firm MAD Solutions.
Represented by the management of Correctional and Rehabilitation Centres, the project aims to provide cultural entertainment for inmates so as to allow engagement with the community beyond the walls of the centres. Inmates are exposed to a selection of Jordanian films, which fit the criteria for cultural activities within detention places.
Centres participating in the first phase of the project include the Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre for Women, as well as other rehabilitation centres in Marka, Umm Al-Lulu, Al-Muwaqqar 1, Karak, Maan and Tafilah. The screenings were well-received by both the inmates and managers of the detention centres, according to the press release.
With the Cinema for All project, the Royal Film Commission aims to introduce various segments of society to the artform, as well as to assist the rehabilitation of inmates and their reintegration into society.
Since its establishment in 2003, the commission has aimed to use cinema as means to cross social barriers and facilitate cultural exchange across communities.
Similar projects have been undertaken in several countries. The British Snape Maltings art complex conducts songwriting workshops and yearly performances for prison inmates, some of whom are even allowed temporary parole to join these activities.
Another example is the American Prison Arts Coalition, established in 2008, which serves as national network for prison arts in the United States. The coalition provides guidance and support to those looking to develop art programs for the incarcerated.
However, such projects are not common across the Arab world.
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