Libyans discuss human rights at Tripoli film fest

Libya’s first post-Gaddafi human rights film fest a venue for debate

Events and Festivals, Libya

Libyans discuss human rights at Tripoli film fest

The first edition of the Human Rights Film Festival in post-Gaddafi Libya has successfully drawn to a close. From November 1 to 4, the event brought narrative and documentary films from around the world to Libyan audiences.

Films from Egypt, Syria, Liberia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Italy and Libya addressed issues related to women, children, and people with special needs.

The festival included panel discussions that were attended by various human rights activists from Libyan civil society as well as members of the public. The festival aimed at connecting its audience to Libyan reality and the importance of human rights in society.

On the second day, the festival screened Petr Lom’s Back to the Square. The film dealt with the aftermath of the Egyptian Revolution, the stalling of the democratic transition with young Egyptians accusing the military of having confiscated the revolution, the scandal of the virginity tests on Egyptian female protesters, and the imprisonment of blogger Michael Nabeel.

After the screening, a Libyan minister on the discussion panel remarked that human rights abuses in Libya were stalling the victory of the Libyan revolution.

Azza Maghhur, a Libyan human rights lawyer, warned that revolutions entail sacrifice, taking the example of the French Revolution that was violent for a century after its start.

One panelist admitted that the culture of human rights in Libya is below satisfactory level compared to other Arab Spring countries.

“The film is bold,” said Madghis Bouzakkahr, a Libyan media company owner in Tripoli. “This is a good step. It is realistic and touches people. As a Libyan Berber, I hope we can do something similar with Berber films.
The third day focused on women's role in peace and reconciliation, with a screening of Gini Reticker’s Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008) about the women’s movement for peace in Liberia. The audience praised the film for bearing resemblance to the Libyan experience of reconciliation in post-Gaddafi Libya.


Source: Tripoli Post

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