Amman, 13 February 2017
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) and the Public Security Directorate, represented by the management of Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the “Cinema for All” project. The MoU stipulates that films will be screened in all Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers across the Kingdom, except in Al-Muwaqqar 2 Center.
The signing of the MoU comes as a continuation of the project’s success in providing a cultural and entertaining activity for inmates. It gives the opportunity for people deprived of their freedom to engage with the community outside the walls of the centers, where similar functions rarely take place. The RFC organizes screenings of a collection of movies that fit the selection criteria of activities carried out inside the Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers.
The project falls within the Directorate’s strategy and orientations to offer various functions inside the Centers that help rehabilitate inmates and prepare them to reintegrate society. In addition, cinema would alleviate the physiological impact of confinement, sometimes for a long term.
Organizing film screenings in Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers stems from the RFC’s commitment to offer cinematic events for different segments of society in the Kingdom. Culture, and specifically cinema, can cross barriers and build bridges between individuals and their communities.
It is worth noting that since 2017, the RFC has organized 26 screenings covering most of the Kingdom's governorates. Screenings were held in 15 Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers in Marka, Jweideh, Umm Al Lulu, Al-Muwaqqar 1, Karak, Ma’an, Tafilah, Birin, Aqaba, Rmeimeen, Irbid, Swaqa, Zarqa and Al-Balqa, as well as the Correctional and Rehabilitation Center for Women.
The Directorate prepared suitable venues for the film screenings and facilitated organizing them in the selected centers, whereas the RFC obtained the screening rights for the movies and provided high quality technical equipment.
Detainees in the centers interacted in a remarkable way; they were very pleased by the events and expressed their desire for more.
The MoU was signed, at the RFC’s premises, by the director of the management of Correctional and Rehabilitation Centers, Brigadier General Wael Shqeirat, and the Communication & Cultural Programming Manager, Nada Doumani, on behalf of the RFC’s Managing Director George David.
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About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.