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سبتمبر 9, 2019

In Photos: 3rd Gaza film festival’s red carpet offers ‘escapism’ to besieged Palestinians

1.8 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who have been living under a debilitating Israeli siege for 10 years, do not have much space for cultural events — there is no proper cinema in the entire enclave — but this weekend the city’s port has been transformed into a venue for outdoor screenings.

The Red Carpet Festival showcases films focusing on human rights issues and aims to provide Palestinians, many of them unemployed, with a rare opportunity to explore their dreams, or at least practise a little escapism.

True to its name, the festival’s organisers have laid out a 100-metre (yard) long red carpet. But there are no celebrities, it’s for the thousands of ordinary Gazans turning out to watch the films.

“The children and poor people are walking on the carpet,” organiser Saad al-Saworki told AFP proudly at Friday’s opening night. “They are far more important than the carpet.”

The festival, which is in its third year, coincides with the Cannes Film Festival and aims to show that there is an alternative to the catwalks and glamour of its French counterpart, Saworki said.

سبتمبر 9, 2019

الفلسطينيون يمشون على “السجادة الحمراء” في ميناء غزة

احتشد مئات الفلسطينيين في قطاع غزة لحضور افتتاح أعمال “مهرجان السجادة الحمراء”، للأفلام السينمائية في نسخته الثالثة، في الهواء الطلق بميناء مدينة غزة.

السجادة الحمراء التي ارتبطت بالسياسيين والفنانين حول العالم، أصرَّ منظمو المهرجان أن تكون طريقاً للفلسطينيين للوصول إلى شاشة العرض الخاصة بالمهرجان، للتأكيد على قيمة وأهمية المواطن الفلسطيني.

وانطلقت فعاليات المهرجان في قطاع غزة مساء أمس الجمعة، بالتزامن مع مدينة رام الله في الضفة الغربية، ومدينة حيفا داخل مناطق 48.

وقال الناطق باسم المهرجان سائد السويركي، إن لجنة “مهرجان السجادة الحمراء” اختارت ميناء غزة مكاناً للعرض، لإبراز هذا المرفأ الذي يخلو من المسافرين وحقائب السفر، ولتسليط الضوء على الحصار الإسرائيلي الممتد على سكان القطاع منذ أكثر من 10 سنوات.

وأوضح السويركي في حديثه لـ”سبوتنيك”، إلى أن اللجنة المنظمة اختارت 45 فيلماً للعرض على مدار 4 أيام من أصل 100 فيلم وصلت من عدة دول حول العالم، مشيراً إلى أن الأفلام المختارة تحاكي مشاكل حقوق الإنسان، وغيرها من القضايا الانسانية.

ولفت إلى أن العرض بدأ بفيلم “اصطياد الأشباح” للمخرج رائد أنضوني، والذي يعرض فيه قضية الأسرى الفلسطينيين في السجون الإسرائيلية، مضيفاً “أردنا من خلال المهرجان كذلك إظهار مأساة الأسرى الفلسطينيين، خاصة في ظل الإضراب المفتوح عن الطعام الذي يخوضه الأسرى منذ 26 يوماً على التوالي”.

يشار إلى أن اللجنة المنظمة للمهرجان قامت بتوزيع شراب الماء والملح الذي يعد الطعام الوحيد للأسرى في السجون الإسرائيلية خلال الإضراب عن الطعام، للتأكيد على تضامنهم مع قضيتهم العادلة.

وفي ذات السياق نوَّه السويركي إلى أن، “وصول الأفلام إلى قطاع غزة تم عن طريق تحميلها وإرسالها عبر الشبكة العنكبوتية، وذلك لتجنب التعقيدات والإجراءات الاسرائيلية على المعابر، التي يمكن أن تعيق وصول الأفلام بالشكل الطبيعي”، مؤكداً أن السلطات الإسرائيلية حالت دون وصول العديد من الفنانين ومن بينهم نجوم عالميون إلى القطاع.

وأضاف، “هناك اهتمامٌ كبير من شركات الانتاج حول العالم بالمهرجان، وذلك بعد النجاح الكبير للنسختين الأولى والثانية”.

يذكر أن النسخة الأولى من المهرجان أقامها المنظمون وسط الدمار الذي خلفته الحرب الإسرائيلية على قطاع غزة صيف عام 2014، حيث تم اختيار منطقة الشجاعية التي تعرضت معظم منازلها للقصف الإسرائيلي ليُفرش بين ركامِها السجادة الحمراء.

من جانبه قال عبد الله العلوي أحد حضور المهرجان، إن “هذا اليوم يوم عالمي تشهده فلسطين وقطاع غزة بشكل خاص، والعدد الكبير من الحضور يدلُّ على أهمية

الحدث الذي احتضنه ميناء مدينة غزة”.

وأشار العلوي في حديثه لـ”سبوتنيك” إلى أن هذه المهرجانات تعمل على إبراز صورة فلسطين بشكل أكبر، كذلك إبراز حجم الحصار والظلم الذي يقع على سكان قطاع غزة، مضيفاً “رغم كل ما نتعرض له لا زلنا نؤمن بالفن والجمال ونخلقه ليستمع العالم به”.

من جانبها قال نسرين أبو عامر، أحد الحضور في حديثها لـ”سبوتنيك”،  إنها تفاجئت من التنظيم الرائع للمهرجان ومن الاختيار المناسب لمكان إقامته في مدينة غزة.

وأضافت أبو عامر، “فلسطين ليست بلد للحرب والموت فقط، بل هي كذلك وطن للحياة والفن والحب، ومهرجان السجادة الحمراء يجسد هذه الحياة بأبهى وأجمل صورها”، مشيرةً إلى أن “اللفتة الجميلة التي قام بها منظمو المهرجان بتوزيع شراب الماء والملح كذلك تؤكد على ترابط مكونات الشعب ببعضها مهما كان لون واتجاه كل واحدٍ فينا”.

 
سبتمبر 9, 2019

Feature: Red Carpet Film Festival kicks off in Gaza

GAZA, May 12 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of Palestinians walked Friday evening on a 100-meter-long red carpet, rolled out on the floor of Gaza fishermen’s dock at the opening ceremony of a 6-day annual film festival held in the Gaza Strip for the third year in a row.

The festival’s organizers said that the festival with the title “We want to return” shows the Palestinian cause is still alive.

The text of the Belfour Declaration was printed on the 100-meter-long red carpet, marking the one hundred years for the declaration. The attendants, who are ordinary people, walked on the carpet reaching a large cinema screen.

The declaration was actually a letter written on November 2, 1917, by the then foreign secretary of Britain, Arthur James Balfour, in which he promised the Jews a “national home” in Palestine, which was then a part of the Ottoman Empire but was soon to be ruled under a British mandate.

The Palestinians are demanding Britain to apologize to the Palestinian people “for the historic injustice they have been living through over the past hundred years,” said Yosor Abu Medein, one of the festival organizers, adding “the Palestinians are peacefully addressing the world through cinema.”

She said that dozens of films will be screened this year in two Palestinian cities, Gaza and Ramallah, as well as the city of Haifa in Israel, adding that one the festival’s films named The Ambulance will be screened in five Arab capitals in solidarity with the Red Carpet Film Festival and with the Gaza Strip.

The audience walking on the red carpet expressed happiness for having the festival in the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight Israeli blockade for ten years, causing hard living condition, high rates of poverty and unemployment.

“Our first film we screened tonight is directed by the Palestinian director Ra’ed Andoni, and it is called Ghost Hunting,” said Abdul Rahman Husein, one of the festival’s organizers, adding that the film talks about the suffering of Palestinian prisoners imprisoned in Israeli jails.

Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners have been going on a hunger strike for 26 days in a row, demanding to improve conditions in the jails.

“We choose the fishermen’s dock for the opening ceremony of the festival in order to send a message to the world that 2 million people in Gaza have been living under a tight Israeli blockade for ten years and that they love life,” said Hussein.

He added that “last year’s message of the festival was to tell the world that Gaza Strip populations don’t like to die, they love life and in spite of the mass destruction caused by the Israeli wars, they can find a space to enjoy watching films.”

The opening ceremony of the third film festival attracted hundreds of men, women and children. They walked on the red carpet that was rolled out on the floor, made out of the rubble of destroyed Palestinian homes.

“Our message this year is to tell the world that Gaza Strip populations want to end the blockade and end the internal Palestinian division,” said Hussein, adding “the festival aims at showing the world that there is another beautiful face for Gaza.”

The festival will screen about 25 films made by Palestinian, Arab and international artists, including short and long narrative and documentary films and animations. The films will be screened at different theaters as well as dozens of schools and cultural centers in the Gaza Strip.

Hanan al-Khawaja, a 32-year-old Palestinian woman from Gaza, said she came to the festival because she wanted to join this annual event, to be happy with it and watch the movie on the prisoners.

“I came here today with my friends because this event is different for me. It helps people get out of the horrible and miserable situation that the people here in Gaza are passing through.”

The Islamic Hamas movement violently seized control of the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2007. Over the past ten years, Israel waged three wars on the enclave.

Thirty years ago, there were ten cinema theaters in the Gaza Strip, but since the beginning of the first Palestinian Intifada or Uprising against Israel, which broke out in 1987, these cinema theaters were closed. However, some movie directors are trying to revive the cinemas in Gaza.

Sa’ed Sweirki, one of the festival’s organizers, said “Our message is so clear that Gaza has the ability to live in peace far from wars and misery.”

 

 
سبتمبر 9, 2019

Gaza hosts 3rd annual Red Carpet Festival

The Red Carpet Festival is held in the Gaza Strip this year for the third year in a raw, amid international and Arab attention.

This year, the Hash-Tag of the festival will be “Let’s go back,” which coincides with one hundred years for The Balfour Declaration.

The participants, who are ordinary people, will walk on a 100-meter red carpet, that symbolizes 100 years for the declaration, where the text of the Balfour Declaration is printed on the carpet. The carpet will be rolled on the ground of the fishermen sea wharf.

The Red Carpet festival marks the “Right of Return,” the release of hunger strikers imprisoned in Israeli jails, the return of national unity, the end of the internal division and the return to the state of the beautiful and stable life that the Palestinian people experienced in the past, where beautiful cinemas and theaters flourished and life was beautiful one day.

The festival was held for the first time in the same date in 2015 amid the rubble of houses destroyed by the Israeli occupation in al-Shajaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.

The 3rd Annual Red Carpet Festival in the Gaza Strip remembers major moments in Palestinian history, launched in 2015 marking the Israeli destruction of civilian homes in al-Shajaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City. Photo copyright Mohammed Asad. All Rights Reserved.
سبتمبر 9, 2019

“Vogliamo respirare”, al via festival del cinema di Gaza

Gaza (Striscia di Gaza), 14 mag. (LaPresse/EFE) –  Sotto il titolo ‘Vogliamo respirare’ e senza il glamour dei grandi eventi cinematografici come Cannes, il festival ‘Red Carpet’ di Gaza ha aperto quest’anno con circa una settantina di produzioni provenienti da tutto il mondo che rivendicano il diritto alla vita e alla libertà.
I 40 metri di tappeto rosso, che in questi giorni portano all’ingresso del centro culturale al-Shawa, nella città di Gaza, rappresentano molto di più della semplice passerella per star e vip. “Il nostro messaggio è raccontare al mondo che la popolazione di Gaza desidera respirare la vita vera, vuole respirare libertà e arte”, ha spiegato Jalil al-Muzayan, organizzatore del festival, giunto alla sua seconda edizione, che torna a sfidare le difficoltà politiche, religiose, sociali, economiche, e anche psicologiche della Striscia di Gaza.

 

Centinaia di residenti erano presenti ieri sera all’inaugurazione del festival che in arabo si intitola ‘Karama’ (dignità), avviato per la prima volta nel 2015 nel quartiere di Shayaíe, il più colpito dalla guerra tra le milizie palestinesi e Israele di un mese fa. “Alla popolazione di Gaza non piace morire, noi amiamo la vita”, ha spiegato al-Muzayan ricordando che nonostante la distruzione “Gaza è riuscita a trovare un posto tra le macerie per vedere dei film”.
“In questa edizione, obiettivo sarà mostrare il volto più bello di Gaza”, ha aggiunto l’organizzatore che è riuscito a inserire il festival nel circuito di eventi cinematografici del mondo arabo per creare consapevolezza sui diritti umani. E quale modo migliore per omaggiare la vita se non il racconto della vita del cantante popolare palestinese Muhamad Asaf, vincitore del concorso ‘Arab Idol’, in un documentario del regista israelo-palestinese Hany Abu-Assad? Le produzioni palestinesi si mescolano con quelle dei vari Paesi arabi e occidentali in una kermesse che dura fino a lunedì prossimo. Commedie, documentari, lungometraggi che hanno come comune denominatore affrontare i problemi sociali e politici.

Nella terribile realtà della Striscia, controllata da Hamas dal 2007 e da allora sotto il blocco israeliano e più recentemente egiziano, organizzare un festival non è impresa facile. Non poter spegnere la luce in sala durante le proiezioni (per evitare che accadano atti indecorosi secondo la sharia, la legge islamica) o dover controllare ogni scena per tagliare quelle più controverse dal punto di vista sociale, politico e religioso rende complicato allestire ogni appuntamento. Le autorità locali hanno inoltre proibito una delle proiezioni prevista nel porto dei pescatori perchè sono vietate le concentrazioni di persone lungo le strade.
“Abbiamo deciso di organizzare ugualmente questo festival per la gente semplice ed emarginata di Gaza che è stata dimenticata dai suoi leader”, ha precisato al-Muzayan. Che ha aggiunto: “Il nostro messaggio è molto chiaro. Gaza ha la capacità di vivere in pace, lontano dalla guerra e dalla miseria”.

Per concretizzare questo messaggio fino a lunedì saranno proiettati dodici film, 17 documentari, 30 cortometraggi e sette cartoni animati. Le proiezioni più importanti si terranno nel centro culturale al-Shawa che può ospitare fino a 1.500 persone, altre nei teatri, in scuole e centri culturali. I cinema sono scomparsi dalla Striscia dalla fine degli anni ’80 in occasione della prima Intifada contro l’occupazione israeliana. Tuttavia, negli ultimi anni, alcuni registi locali come al-Muzayan hanno cercato di attirare di nuovo il pubblico verso il grande schermo “in modo da poter fare come in Occidente: semplicemente godere della bellezza di un film”.
 

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