Continuing to Reap Awards at International Film Festivals
Mare Nostrum Wins the Karama Feather Award for Best Short Film at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival
Continuing its success at film festivals around the world, the short film Mare Nostrum by directors Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf won the Karama Feather Award for Best Short Film at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival in Jordan.
The Karama Festival is a six-day film festival held in Amman, Jordan since 2010. The festival aims to raise awareness about human rights issues and violations all over the world through film screenings, discussions and workshops, which are also organized in schools and universities in Amman and other governorates in Jordan. After 7 editions of the festival, 356 human rights films were screened over the course of 7 years of cinema activism and advocacy for human rights in Jordan and in the region. Around 8000 spectators from different fields come yearly to attend the event and participate in its diverse activities.
The film's events take place in 13 minutes on the shore of the Mediterranean, where a Syrian father and his little daughter flee the civil war in Syria, but the father makes a decision that could endanger his daughter's life. Directed by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, and written by Kazkaz, Mare Nostrum stars Ziad Bakri and Zayn Khalaf. The film is a French/Syrian Jordanian production. Mare Nostrum is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions.
In October 2016, Mare Nostrum landed its world premiere at the Festival International du CinĂ©ma MĂ©diterranĂ©en de Montpellier (CINEMED). The film received eight awards including; the Best Short Film at the BBC Arabic Festival in the UK and the Grand Prix at the Rencontres du CinĂ©ma EuropĂ©en - Association CinĂ©cran in France. Mare Nostrum competed within the Muhr Short Competition at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF), Sundance Film Festival, and Sharm El-Sheikh Arab and European Film Festival, in addition to screenings at the Cairo Cinema Days and the Carthage Film Festival.