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Denmark kicks off film initiative in the Middle East

The Danish Film Institute has launched the second year of the Danish-Lebanese film initiative called Cinema on the Road, which aims to bring movie experiences to Syrian and Lebanese children and teenagers.

The project started in January 2017 and will show films to kids and teenagers at Syrian and Palestinian refugee camps around Lebanon.

In addition to this, the film festival My Film Fest will return for the fourth year. My Film Fest screens films to public school students in other areas of the country.

The concept behind these two events is the potential films have as an educational tool; highlighting universal stories that can be analysed and interpreted across borders.

Hania Mroué, founder and head of the Metropolis Art Cinema in Beirut, is pleased with the prospect of offering unique film experiences to younger audiences throughout the year:

“Due to the diversity of Lebanon’s society, it is essential that our events are accessible to as many as possible. Cinema on the Road does just that! It’s a great opportunity to introduce international films in a comfortable and safe environment, plus in Arabic, which is not always an easy task. By bringing these films to young Syrian and Palestinian spectators or bringing public schools groups to our cinema, we hope to make them all travel beyond the boundaries of their everyday life,” says Mroué.

Here’s a short film about the initiative:

 

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.