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8th Human Screen festival to focus on “Women Peace and Security”, line-up includes 37 films from 16 countries

The 8th edition of the Human Screen Festival (HSF), the International Human Rights Film Festival of Tunis – Karama Tunisia, will take place from March 4 to 8, 2023, in Tunis and in four other governorates of the republic.

A selection of 37 films from 16 countries is in the line-up for this 2023 edition under the theme “Women Peace and Security”. This theme coincides with the values conveyed by International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 each year, which is also the day the festival starts.

The selected films will compete for the 5 festival prizes in the categories of feature and documentary films, short fiction and documentary films and animation films.

The programme of this edition was unveiled during a press conference held on Tuesday at the Cité de la Culture in the presence of the organising committee of Human Screen Festival.

The festival will take place in the capital with special programming in the governorates of Tozeur, Gabes, Kasserine and Mahdia which will see the screening of 13 films.

The screenings in Tunis will take place at the Tahar Cherira Hall for fiction films and at the Omar Khelifi Hall for documentary films.

The opening ceremony at the Tahar Chérira hall will see the screening of “Beirut Eye of the Storm” by the Palestinian Mai Masry.

Critic and member of the organising committee Nacer Sardi said that the 37 films on the programme were selected from among 3,400 applications received by the festival.

They represent Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, South Korea, Egypt, Spain, Finland, France, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Turkey.

The organisers have announced the creation of an award for the best animated film. The animation competition is composed of two films, one Iranian short film “The Sprayers” (9′, 2022), and another Palestinian “Night” (16′, 2022).

Four Tunisian productions, from 2022, are included in four competitive sections. These are the feature films “TranStyx” by Moncef Zahrouni (fiction, 65′) and “The guardians of Margoum” by Akram Moncer (documentary, 54′), and the short films “Le Chemin de la Mort” by Nasreddine Ragam (fiction, 9′) and “Nidhal” by Bassem ben Brahem (documentary, 10′).

On the occasion of the celebration of the centenary of Tunisian cinema, a tribute will be paid to five filmmakers who have marked the history of national cinema, including Haydée Tamzali, actress, Hassiba Rochdi, actress and singer, Anissa Lotfi, actress, Nejia ben Mabrouk, director and Selma Baccar, director and producer.

Human Screen Festival Tunisia is a film event created in 2012 by the Tunisian Cultural Association for Integration and Training – ACTIF.

This festival is organised with the support of the National Centre for Cinema and Image (CNCI) and several other national and international partners who are active in the defence of human rights and women’s rights in particular.

Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse