Film festivals welcome more Jordanian films

Short films by five Jordanian filmmakers from the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) have been accepted into prominent regional film festivals.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  June 23, 2004

In an unprecedented show of filmmaking talent, short films by five Jordanian filmmakers from the Amman Filmmakers Cooperative (AFC) have been accepted into prominent regional film festivals. Aseel Mansour and Razan Khatib's Nightmares of Reality has been accepted at the Beirut International Documentary Festival, Amr Toukhy's Reason will be screened at the Dubai Film Competition, and Dalia Alkury's Even Nayef has a mobile phone and Ammar Quttaineh's Tough Luck have been accepted to the Mideast Film Festival in Lebanon. "While this is a modest beginning, it's still a watershed year for Jordanian cinema and for the independent filmmaking movement in Jordan," said Hazim Bitar, founder of AFC. Bitar is confident that more Jordanian films will be participated into other film festivals within the next month. The selection to film festivals in Lebanon is especially important to AFC because of the maturity of Lebanon’s independent filmmaking culture, and the influence its independent cinema has had on Jordanian indie filmmaking. "Lebanon also has a reputation for fairness, which we have witnessed in the past," explained Bitar. AFC, which was launched to address Jordan's cinema deficit, looks at this selection to film festivals as a major milestone. “Our filmmakers have lived up to their promise with this step forward. Today, cinema is the most effective language for dialogue between different cultures and we will no longer be absent from it."

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