The Samira Al-Khalil Association regrets to announce that it will not be presenting its annual prize on International Women's Day, 8 March 2024. Experience has taught us that the process we initially adopted exceeds our human and material capacities. We are a limited team of volunteers, none of us can devote ourselves to the association full-time, nor do we have the resources to do so, nor do we want to depend on donor organisations. To ensure that the work of the association continues, we are currently working on restructuring it in such a way as to reduce costs and expenses, without compromising the idea of the association as a tribute to important feminist activity and the award of a prize in Samira's name.
We have decided that the association's ten-member board of directors will choose the winner, who will join them in choosing the next winner, and so on. The decision must be clearly justified and based on impartial criteria. The Board of Directors may form part of a wider nomination group, made up of trusted friends, to ensure greater objectivity in selecting the winners. Laureates need not be individuals, and a team of women can be selected for their outstanding work.
Since International Women's Day is a busy day and it is not easy to secure a venue for the award ceremony, we will adopt December 9, the anniversary of the absence of Samira, Razan, Wael and Nazem, as the date for the award. The 2024 award will not be withheld, but will be presented on the evening of December 9, 2024.
Invitation to the Samira al-Khalil Prize 2023 award ceremony
We are pleased to invite you to the first edition of the Samira al-Khalil Prize.
The award ceremony will take place on Saturday 11 March 2023 in Saint-Denis, France, in connection with the festival "Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient".
Address : Cinéma L'Ecran, 14 Passage de l'Aqueduc, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Date and time: Saturday 11 March 2023, from 3pm to 6pm
The ceremony will be accompanied by the screening of the winner's film.
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Samira al-Khalil is a human rights defender who has been missing since 9 December 2013 in Syria. In her honour, the Samira al-Khalil Prize rewards, once a year, a woman whose path is part of the struggle for the respect of fundamental rights and freedoms in the Arab or Mediterranean regions. For its first edition, the Prize will be awarded to a woman film director. Her film will be presented at the L’Ecran cinema in Saint-Denis, France, in the presence of the Prize jury and the board of the Samira al-Khalil Association.
Samira al-Khalil is a Syrian activist and a former political prisoner. She was abducted with her friends Razan Zaitouneh, Wael Hamada, and Nazim Hammadi by an Islamist military faction in Douma in December 2013. The revolutionary Douma Four were working on documenting violations and crimes commited by the Assad regime and other violators. Unfortunately, the fate of the Douma Four is still unknown.
Samira al-Khalil Association is a Paris-based organization that grants a yearly award to a woman from the Arab and Mediterranean regions. The aim of the association is to keep Samira’s story and struggles alive and empower women active in the fields of art, literature, and defense of justice and human rights.