Winning its Second Award
The Band Receives Karama Feather Award for Best Documentary Film, Shared with A Memory in Khaki, at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival
Iraqi director Albaqer Jafeer's film The Band won the Karama Feather Award for Best Documentary Film, shared with A Memory in Khaki, at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, its second award after receiving a Special Mention at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival in Algeria, where it had its world premiere.
The Karama Festival is a six-day film festival held in Amman, Jordan since 2010. The festival aims to raise awareness about human rights issues and violations all over the world through film screenings, discussions and workshops, which are also organized in schools and universities in Amman and other governorates in Jordan. After 7 editions of the festival, 356 human rights films were screened over the course of 7 years of cinema activism and advocacy for human rights in Jordan and in the region. Around 8000 spectators from different fields come yearly to attend the event and participate in its diverse activities.
Written and directed by Albaqer Jafeer, The Band is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions. The film tells the story of Hulm Band that is made up of six musicians who are sparing no efforts to fulfill their dream of playing Sufi music in their hometown, Sadr city in Iraq. They only face one dilemma which lies in the fact that they can get murdered for playing music in a city where music is forbidden. In 67 minutes, the film follows the band members as they open up to the film's director, Albaqer Jafeer, on their dreams, aspirations and the reality in which they find themselves.
Albaqar Jafeer is an Iraqi director who studied filmmaking at the Iraqi Independent Film Center in 2009. Later on, Jafeer participated in filmmaking workshops inside and outside Baghdad where he studied screenwriting, directing, editing and production management. Albaqar Jafeer's filmography includes the short documentary film Rafa't Alam (Rising the Flag) and Ghorbat Ghajar (Strangeness of the Gypsies) and the experimental film 50mm Lens. The Band is Jafeer's debut feature documentary film.