Iraqi film “Al-Ferqa” (The Band) won the Karama Feather Award for Best Documentary Film, in the 7thKarama Human Rights Film Festival. This comes after it received Special Mention at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival in Algeria, where it had its world premiere.
The film, directed by Albaqer Jafeer tells the story of a six-member band, who pay no effort to play their sufi music in their hometown in Sadr city in Iraq. However, they face the rick of being murdered for playing sufi 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.
The Karama Festival aims to raise awareness about human rights issues and violations all over the world through film screenings, discussions and workshops.
In seven years, the festival managed to screen more than 356 films about human rights, for 8000 people who attend every year to watch the screened films.