Mahmoud Al-Harbawi, coordinator of the “Cinema Bus” project for Save Youth Future, said: “Our Society avoids selecting films that clash with politics and religion,” and chooses only films that “serve the community and promote positive concepts.”
Al-Harbawi defended the right of the Ministries of Culture and Education to choose films. “The selection is made with great caution, through a committee assigned by the society to determine the list of films to be shown for the three target groups: children, teenagers, and youth,” he said in an interview with Al-Fanar Media via Zoom.
In the past year, Save Youth Future has screened films in eight refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, which has a population of more than million, according to the latest official statistics.
Thanks to the encouraging response of the target groups and the Gazan community’s celebration of the project, Al-Harbawi said the organizers hoped to extend the project to all cities in Gaza, even if funding is cut off.
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However, El Far ruled out the idea of equipping an independent cinema hall in Gaza, due to “limited financial support, and people’s preference for a mobile cinema that reaches everyone in their areas.”
For her part, Ouf believes that the experiment will find support and welcome at the official and popular levels, as long as the content of the project’s films fits the “conservative nature approved by the authorities.”