Experience four riveting films in FILM FORWARD Jordan

Experience four riveting films in FILM FORWARD Jordan
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Jordan….get ready to be part of a unique cultural dialogue next week between April 13th and 18th, where a group of independent film makers will be visiting Jordan as part of the Film Forward initiative.

FILM FORWARD have partnered us with the US Embassy in Jordan and the Royal Film Commission (RFC) for the first time in Jordan. The partnership brings together a week full of film screenings and a program full of discussions and unique workshops that will take place in Amman, Madaba, Karak, Salt, Zarqa, and surrounding cities.

The US Embassy were kind enough to put me in touch with Ms. Bethany Clarke, the Film Forward Manager at Sundance Institute, and we got the chance to take on the phone earlier this afternoon about the upcoming Film Forward initiative in Jordan. Here’s what she had to say.

It’s the first film forward in Jordan. Many people including myself look forward to having you here. What are you looking forward to the most?

The Team is really looking forward to sharing the independent films with Jordanians audiences and connecting directly with them. I know that the film makers are looking forward to connecting directly with Jordanian audiences. One of the unique things about Film Forward is that we travel with the film makers, in hopes that the audiences would have a fuller experience, to share and experiment the different cultures, and different ideas, and to interact with the people that made the film.

 

“The light in her eyes” speaks volumes about women empowerment, despite cultural norms. What would you like to tell young female Jordanian film makers? Any advice for them?

Well, I’m a film maker and well it’s about telling your own stories. I think that sometimes young film-makers can be distracted by other people stories, and sometimes they just wanna make it into the next big movie, but telling their own story even if it seems simple or not very interesting to you, to other people it will be incredibly interesting and very unique, because only you have your own perspective.

Directors of ‘The light in her eyes’ and producer and writer of ‘under the same moon’ will be part of the program and workshops around the country. How do you think the dialogue between film makers and the audience will engage a positive cultural dialogue?

What we hope to accomplish is to have audiences see the similarities between those films and the people in other cultures that are featured. We also, hope that people will appreciate the differences, because not everyone in the world is exactly the same, and I think that we can share those similarities and appreciate those differences.

 

Out of the four films that will be showcased in Jordan, which films do you think will leave the most impact on the Jordanian audience, and why?

WOW! That’s a really difficult question! I don’t know how to answer that, I think they are all very unique. We have Beasts of Southern Wild, a narrative film, and that’s definitely going to be very different. We also have Town of Runners which is about African Americans, a story of family and abandonment, and ‘Light in her Eyes’ a documentary about Syria! The audiences will have to answer that question for me!

 

We look forward to seeing you between the 13th and 18th of this month. Is there anything else you want the Readers of my blog to know?

We look forward to meeting people in Jordan, and we really hope that everyone will be watching the screenings or staying for Q&A’s, and discussions afterwards. We really look forward to a cross-cultural dialogue. We want to hear from the people!

It’s worth mentioning that Film Forward is coming to Jordan with the support of collaborators, including the US Embassy in Jordan that takes pride in the dynamic relationship with Jordan and believes in reaching out to people via Music, Film, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. The Embassy supports the diverse range of cultural programs and encourages cultural dialogue which is what Film Forward is all about. The program is also supported from the Royal Film Commission.

Below is the Schedule of Events as hosted on Film Forwards website. Stay tuned to Sleepless in Amman for upcoming posts about two of the movies that I look forward to the most.

Schedule of Events

All events are free.

Sunday, April 14

10:00am: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Private)

Screening and Case Study with screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos

The Royal Film Commission

 

12:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Private)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

American Corner of the University of Jordan

 

7:30pm: Beasts of Southern Wild (Public)

Discussion with Anne Lai, Creative Producing Initiatives Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute following the film

Rainbow Theater

 

Monday, April 15

11:00am: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Private)

Screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

SAE

 

3:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Private)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

Musa Al-Saket Center in Salt

 

7:30pm: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Public)

Screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

Rainbow Theater

 

Tuesday, April 16

11:00am: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Private)

Screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

American University of Madaba

 

11:00am: The Light In Her Eyes (Private)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

UNRWA School

 

4:00pm: Workshop for NGOs/Filmmakers on fundraising for films (Private)

The Royal Film Commission

 

7:30pm: Town of Runners (Public)

Discussion with FILM FORWARD and Sundance Institute staff following the film

Rainbow Theater

 

Wednesday, April 17

12:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Private)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

American Corner of Hashemite University

 

3:00pm: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Private)

Screening and Case Study with screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos

Princess Basma Youth Center in Sahab 

 

7:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Public)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

Rainbow Theater

 

Thursday, April 18

11:00am: The Light In Her Eyes (Private)

Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film

Al-Hassan Cultural Center, Karak

 

2:00pm: Work-in-progress feedback session with FILM FORWARD filmmakers and staff (Private)

Al-Hassan Cultural Center, Karak

 

4:00pm: Graduation ceremony and screening of the films produced by the participants in the Embassy’s funded film program (Private)

Al-Hassan Cultural Center, Karak

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