In 2008, more than three years before Egyptians took to Tahrir Square to protest repression, AIC’s Egypt office launched the Cairo Human Rights Film Festival (CHRFF). During the inaugural run, no theater in Cairo would agree to host the festival opening – so organizers booked a Nile cruise boat and held the opening screening on the water. Following that bold beginning, CHRFF has grown into an annual event – held in major theaters – that offers free film screenings on human rights topics from around the world, from Senegal to South Africa to Argentina and beyond. The festival aims to highlight international human rights issues and build understanding between cultures, exposing Egyptian audiences to under-reported human rights challenges and underscore the universality of individual rights.
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