National Security and Human Rights
Filmocracy 3rd Session on Balancing National Security and Human Rights


Filmocracy 3rd Session on Balancing National Security and Human Rights

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF), in collaboration with the Free Youth Foundation, recently held the third session of Filmocracy. This initiative, aimed at fostering engaging discussions about films and related social issues, encourages critical thinking and the exchange of views among young people, with the ultimate goal of developing Jordan’s film industry to address societal challenges. The session, held on May 24, 2024, saw active participation from university students who delved into the complex interplay between national security and human rights, as depicted in the film "Body of Lies."

Key Discussions

Film Analysis and Representation
The session began with an in-depth analysis of "Body of Lies," focusing on its portrayal of the Arab world. Participants criticized the film’s stereotypical depictions, advocating for more nuanced and diverse representations in cinema. This critique highlighted liberal values, emphasizing the need for films to reflect a broader spectrum of experiences and identities, thereby fostering greater understanding and empathy.

Justice and Due Process
Participants underscored the importance of justice and due process, particularly in the context of administrative detention. The discussion highlighted real-world practices, calling for strict legal oversight to prevent abuses. The emphasis was on ensuring that all individuals receive fair treatment under the law, reinforcing the liberal ideals of justice and transparency.

Balancing National Security and Individual Rights
A significant portion of the discussion was dedicated to balancing national security with individual rights. Participants argued that security measures should not infringe upon freedoms of assembly, communication, and the press. They advocated for clear legal frameworks to prevent arbitrary actions and stressed the necessity of protecting privacy and freedom of expression from excessive surveillance. This dialogue emphasized the importance of maintaining individual freedoms while ensuring national security.

Educational and Empowering Films
The session also explored the potential of educational films to raise awareness about citizens' rights and promote justice. Participants suggested alternatives to pre-trial detention and highlighted the role of films in educating the public about their legal rights and responsibilities. By doing so, films can inspire positive societal changes and foster a more informed and engaged citizenry.


The participants concluded the session with several recommendations aimed at improving Jordanian society:

  • Raise Awareness Through Film: Use films to highlight the impacts of issues such as unfair detention and to empower citizens with knowledge of their rights.
  • Celebrate National History: Create films that teach about national security and celebrate key moments in Jordan's history to foster unity and pride.
  • Promote Nuanced Representations: Encourage filmmakers to provide diverse and accurate portrayals of different communities to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding.
  • Enhance Legal Frameworks: Advocate for clear legal frameworks to protect individual rights and prevent arbitrary actions, ensuring a balance between national security and personal freedoms.
  • Educational Initiatives: Develop educational films focused on citizens’ rights, justice, and the legal system to promote a well-informed populace.

Join us!

Filmocracy continues to be a platform for discussing social issues through the medium of film. We invite you to join these discussions and share your insights on how cinema can address and influence societal issues in Jordan.