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The Beirut DC Impact Program

In the Arab world, the pandemic has coincided with a series of other ongoing crises that have collectively contributed to the fact that democratic progress is now in decline and the space for civil society is gradually shrinking. The Arab film industry has been heavily affected and risks losing skills to other sectors and countries. At the same time, there is a long history of social and political engagement in the independent film sector. Although filmmakers have achieved several international successes, they are struggling in their own countries– with censorship, restrictions and detentions. It is difficult to reach out to the local audience and thus for their films to have an impact.

In this project Beirut DC wants to strengthen the opportunities of the Arab independent film sector to collaborate with civil society organizations, and through film create engagement in current social issues and drive change.

The project is supported with SEK 2 150 000.

What does the project deliver?

Build a new sector and a long-term sustainable ecosystem for how the independent Arabic film in collaboration with civil society, regional and international actors can contribute to a positive change in the region. The ecosystem is based on three tracks: a one-year training program for impact producers on impact strategy, communication and fundraising. The second track is about forming a regional network for impact producers, independent filmmakers and civil society organizations. And lastly, an international fund will be built up that can provide start-up support for se veral film projects on an annual basis.

Why do we support this project?

The project contributes to more voices and forces in Arab film being able to drive positive social development. Through international collaborations, more Arabic films can also reach a Swedish audience and increase our understanding and knowledge of the challenges that the Arab world faces.

Project time status


This project started in January 2022 and ended in December 2023

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