Rabee Karzoun, a young Syrian film director based in Lebanon, won the first prize (5,000 euros) in the Majalat video contest. His film Anahon gives voice to the people of Tripoli and the wider region, highlighting the country’s current unprecedented protest movement. Ghassem Gacem won the second prize (3,000 euros) with his report Plaisir d’être, which reveals the commitment of young people involved in a remarkable street theater project in a disadvantaged region of Tunisia. Areej Abboud won the 3rd prize (2,000 euros) with her film Life Line, which shares the fight of young women victims of violence in the region of Ghouta, devastated by the war in Syria. These 3 laureates were chosen by a professional jury of directors from the region (Khedija Lemkecher - Tunisia, Elia Ghorbiah - Palestine, Sadeer Masoud - Syria and Bassam Alasad - Jordan).
In view of the quality and diversity of many other finalist candidates, the Majalat Jury awarded three additional mentions. Wafa Arouri introduces us to the Youth Village experience, which supports young people in occupied Palestine. Fatima Moujammou highlights the Entrepreunariat project for civil society in Morocco. While the youngest laureate of the contest, Yasmina Manai (15 years old), shares the story of young Tunisians who have been engaged in raising awareness of the risks of illegal migration, following the loss of their friend Boff.
The announcement of the results of the competition took place during the evening Majalat, which brought together some 200 participants of the Forum Civil Society of Brussels. The winners were present in Brussels to receive their prizes, with the exception of Rabee Karzoum and Areej Abouj. From Damascus, the latter sent a video message remotely. Areej Abouj could not obtain her visa to leave Damascus to join fellow participants in Brussels, unfortunately illustrating the many obstacles to mobility for young people in the region and was denounced by participants in the Forum.
For the Majalat Jury, "these talented independent young filmmakers bring crucial testimony to the grassroots actions of civil society and the essential role of young people in social movements".
Given the rich diversity of the many entries that were not a part of the top six, Majalat will publish some of their films on the Majalat platform.