The first International Human Rights Festival in the Arab world will see several actors and directors coming together to Bahrain to promote their films. The four-day event, which will be held from May 1-4, is being organised jointly by the Ministry of Social Development and the Bahrain Society for Public Freedom and Support for Democracy.
"Twenty films on human rights from Iraq, Palestine, India, Pakistan, among others, will be screened during the festival," festival director Nasser Burdestani stated at a press conference in the Kingdom this week. "All the films will be given to the censor board at the Ministry of Information for approval. We are not accepting any film from Bahrain."
Burdestani also stated that the ministry had provided US $19,000 for the festival and Movies that Matter, an independent media organisation in Netherlands, contributed US $7400. "This is the first time an Arab country is holding such a festival. We will start a promotional campaign by March to attract the youth who are our main audience," Burdestani said.
The organisers are negotiating with theatres to screen the films. "We are also looking for more sponsors to make the festival a success. Eight representatives from the selected films will share experience," commented Burdestani.