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  • Where: Amman, Madaba, Karak, Salt, Al Zarqa, Sahab
    When: April 13-18, 2013

    FILM FORWARD partners with the US Embassy in Jordan and the Royal Film Commission for the first year in Jordan.  Filmmakers Laura Nix (Director, The Light In Her Eyes) and Ligiah Villalobos (Screenwriter and Executive Producer, Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)) will accompany the program for a week of screenings, discussions, and workshops in Amman, Madaba, Karak, Salt, and other surrounding cities.  Events will take place at universities, cultural centers, and the Rainbow Theater.

    The Light In Her Eyes documents the story of Houda al-Habash, a conservative woman preacher in Damascus, Syria, who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam without giving up their dreams.  Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) tells the story of the unbreakable bond between mother and child even across thousands of miles as little Carlitos embarks on an extraordinary journey to find his mother. 

    Other films that will be screening with this program but without filmmaker representatives are: Beasts of the Southern WildBones Brigade: An Autobiography, Chasing Ice, The Loving Story, Town of Runners, and Valley of Saints.

    Schedule Of Events

    All events are free.

    NEW SUMMER SCREENINGS:

    Thursday, August 22
    7:30pm: Valley of Saints
    In partnership with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
    Wild Jordan Café, Amman

    Wednesday, August 28
    7:30pm: Chasing Ice
    In partnership with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature
    Wild Jordan Café, Amman

    Thursday, August 29
    7:30pm: The Loving Story
    Rainbow Theatre, Amman

    Wednesday, September 4
    7:30pm: Bones Brigade: An Autobiography
    In partnership with Philly Skateboards
    King Hussein Park, Amman

     

    SPRING SCREENINGS:

    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, Amman

    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, Amman 

    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, Amman

    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, Amman

    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, 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, Amman

    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, 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, Amman

    7:30pm: Town of Runners (Public)
    Discussion with FILM FORWARD and Sundance Institute staff following the film
    Rainbow Theater, Amman

    Wednesday, April 17
    12:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Private) CANCELED
    Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film 
    American Corner of Hashemite University, Al Zarqa

    3:00pm: Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) (Private)
    Screening and Case Study with screenwriter Ligiah Villalobos 
    Princess Basma Youth Center, Sahab  

    7:30pm: The Light In Her Eyes (Public)
    Director Laura Nix will be in attendance for Q&A following the film 
    Rainbow Theater, Amman

    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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  • Program Collaborators

    US Embassy in Jordan
    The U.S is proud of the dynamic relationship with Jordan and steadfast cooperation in a number of areas including education, healthcare, water and regional security.   Our longstanding partnership is based on mutual respect and mutual interest.  It enhances the security and prosperity of both our nations and, we hope, the larger region and the world. Reaching out to people –through music, dance, film, performing, and visual arts – is a vital component of the U.S. Mission and its public diplomacy efforts. Through partnership with the arts community, the U.S. Embassy in Jordan supports a diverse range of cultural programming to encourage dialogue and mutual understanding. Cultural programs connect American artists, performers, and other arts professionals to a diverse population of Jordanians to share American culture, promote education, and to strengthen relationships across the Kingdom. The Mission places a strong emphasis on reaching Jordan’s growing youth population with positive messages of partnership, participation, exposure, and opportunity. 

    Royal Film Commission
    The Royal Film Commission was established with a vision to develop an internationally competitive Jordanian film industry. The RFC is a financially and administratively autonomous Jordanian government organization led by a Board of Commissioners chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein. The RFC is a member of the Association for Film Commissioners International (AFCI). The (AFCI) is the official professional and educational organization for film commissions. AFCI Members assist feature, television, commercial, industrial and stills production throughout the world.

    Venues

    The American Corner at the University of Jordan
    Opened on March 1st 2005, the American Corner at the University of Jordan serves the community of students and academics in their pursuit of knowledge concerning the various aspects of American culture. The basic function of American Corners is to make information regarding America accessible to foreign communities. American Corners are dedicated to the study and analysis of American culture. Students and observers of American culture alike are given insight not only into the political and economic aspects but also into a more comprehensive view that includes music, sport and Art.

    Rainbow Theater
    The Rainbow Art House Theatre is an independent arts and entertainment venue located on Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman. The Rainbow Theater aims to bring together the best in local and regional entertainment in a unique atmosphere right at the heart of Amman's artistic community.

    SAE
    SAE is the Middle East's leading media educational institute;  one of more than 50 SAE campuses in 22 countries.  SAE Institute, in cooperation with Al Quds College,  offers BA Degrees (through Middlesex University), Diploma certificates and short course vocational training in Digital Filmmaking, Audio Engineering, Animation, Multimedia, Digital Journalism, Game Design, and Web & Graphic Design.

    RESICA: The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts
    RESICA: The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts (RSICA) is the first and only MFA program in Cinematic Arts for the Middle East and North Africa. It is based in Aqaba, Jordan. RSICA is a joint effort of Royal Film Commission of Jordan and the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Its students are women and men from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) in a specialized learning environment dedicated to teaching the six key disciplines of the cinematic arts.

    Musa Al-Saket Center in Salt 

    American University in Madaba
    Located in an ancient land that forms a bridge between three continents, Europe, Asia, and Africa and characterized by sheer willingness to be valiant and strike in new directions, AUM has been established with the intention to reach excellence in education and fabricate a new motivated generation. At AUM we are committed to providing our students with quality education and we totally understand that technical knowledge is only the starting point of creation and discovery. Our mission stems from, Sapientia et Scientia, meaning ‘wisdom and science’. Determined to implement this motto by all possible means, AUM is dedicated to enhancing personal and professional experiences in an environment characterized by responsible academic autonomy.

    UNRWA School
    In Jordan, UNRWA runs 172 schools providing basic education from first to tenth grade, for more than 122,000 students. The Agency also trains more than 600 teachers each year at university level. The Amman Training Centre and Wadi Seer Training Centre provide vocational training to more than 1,300 students.  UNRWA students’ results are well above the average, at both school and college level. Most students at the training centre and educational science faculty are female. Since 2000, the Agency has supported UNRWA schools in taking more responsibility for their own development and building stronger links with their local communities.

    American Corner Hashemite University

    Princess Basma Youth Center in Sahab
    A growing need to place young people in Jordan at the heart of national development processes spurred the establishment of the Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre (PBYRC) in 2002.  PBYRC is located at the Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development (ZENID) and is a leading national resource centre for youth issues.The youth empowerment centre strives for young Jordanian voices to be heard while aiding their active participation in public life. The Centre also seeks to provide the opportunity, support, resources and freedom for youth to express their needs and shape new realities for their future while thinking creatively and critically about themselves and their roles in society.

    Al-Hussein Cultural Center
    Al-Hussein Cultural Center comprises cultural facilities complementing the Municipality role in lending a helping hand to the cultural and economical movement, as well as providing the pertinent infrastructure: theater, halls, library; in addition to the necessary liaison with the local community. The center also conducts activities such as musicals, celebrations, film festivals and plays in collaboration with concerned agencies. It also supports the cultural and theatrical movement by resourcing and launching artistic, intellectual and creative talents.

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