release date September 19 2021
MAD Solutions Sends Three Films to Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival
MAD Solutions will send three films on its distribution list to Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival, which is set to start on Thursday, Sep.23. The films are: Egyptian film Trapped, by Manal Khaled, which will open the festival, Palestinian film Gaza Mon Amour, by twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser and Saudi film Roll’em, by Abdulelah Alqurashi.

Trapped will screen at the opening ceremony of the festival on Thursday, Sep.23, while Gaza Mon Amour will be shown on Saturday, Sep.25 at 5:15 PM (GMT+3) and Rollem on Friday, Sep.24 at 9:30 PM.

Founded in 2010, in Beirut, Karama Human Rights Film Festival is part of Jordan’s Karama festival. With a programme that includes film screenings and year-round human rights events, the festival strives to spread a human rights cinema that denounces racism, hate speech, discrimination and injustice. Aiming to mobilize solidarity and support for minorities, the festival screens a selection of films from around the world, and holds open discussions to shed light on human rights violations worldwide and the prospects of social change and progress.

Gaza Mon Amour:
Gaza, today, sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works as a dressmaker at the market. Finally determined to propose, Issa discovers an ancient statue of Apollo in his fishing net, which he decides to hide at home. When local authorities discover the existence of this mysterious treasure, troubles start for Issa…Will he succeed to declare his love to Siham?

Directed and written by twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser, Gaza Mon Amour features an all-star cast, including Salim Daw, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abdelhadi, Georges Iskandar, Hitham Al Omari, and Manal Awad. Recently, it opened the Amman International Film Festival and nabbed the Critics’ Choice Award at the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland. The film was Palestine's official submission to the Oscars, and it received the Best Actress award and the Best Feature film at the Critics Awards for Arab Films, an initiative organized by the Arab Cinema Center. The film also won multiple international awards, including the Best Actor Prize for Salim Daw at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden.

The film tells the story of Omar Nizar, a filmmaker in his early thirties. He is trying to make a film about Jeddah, but Omar is unaware of what Jeddah means to him and the difficulties of filmmaking in the Kingdom until he gets to know the 70-year-old DOP, Farid Lotfy who gave up his passion for cinematography is devoted to his antiques shop.

Written and directed by Abdulelah Alqurashi, and co-written by Yaser Hammad, Roll’em features a Saudi cast and crew, including Khaled Yeslam, Shaher Al Qurashi, Sarah Taibah and Fatima AlBanawi. It has recently won the Best Film Award at the 1st Al Ain Film Festival. Furthermore, Roll’em marked both: the first Saudi film to be released in Saudi theaters and the first independent Saudi film to be released on Shahid platform.