A cinema that screens free movies opened in Jordan’s Zaatari camp with a celebratory event under the patronage of HRH Princess Rym Ali.
Cinema Zaatari is a project initiated and supported by 'Lumiere à Zaatari' foundation in Paris in partnership with UNICEF and the Imaginarium Films, the managing company of the cinema.
The opening ceremony was attended by Brigadier General Mr. Bilal Al Omari, the head of the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate and the camp director, Colonel Ahmed Saud, as well as the Royal Film Commission, Al Balad Theatre, the French Institute and the Jordan management team of UNICEF, UNHCR, ACTED and a number of Jordanian artists.
HRH Princess Rym expressed her happiness in launching the first cinema for Zaatari residents, stressing the importance of such efforts in improving the living condition of refugee children, and hoping they inspire the community to tell its own stories in the future.
HE David Bertolotti, French Ambassador to Jordan, praised the hard work of the French and Jordanian teams that resulted in bringing Cinema Zaatari to life, offering its management an unlimited access to the French Institute catalogue of film releases. “Inaugurating a cinema in a refugee camp is no small feat. It’s our belief that bringing cultural activities to the camp is essential for families’ wellbeing, allowing them to escape their routine,” he said.