On May 20th, The Rubin Museum of Art with Women’s Voices Now presented a one day Festival, where various films were screened from the WVN collection of short films from Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival.
With the WVN Executive Director Catinca Tabacaru and Director Miriam Wakim moderating, additional panelists provided context to the films, and information about the current situation in Afghanistan.
They included writer Masha Hamilton, filmmaker Wazhmah Osman and Rina Amiri, senior advisor to the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sunita Viswanath of Women for Afghan Women, writer and filmmaker Siba Shakib, and Vikram Parekh, a Policy Officer in the United Nations Peace-building Support Office.
The Rubin Museum audience voted for their favorite films, and awarded Alauddin’s Girls about an orphanage in Kabul, as the winner of A Focus on Afghanistan. Runners up were The Sound of the Footstep, about a unique rehabilitation center, and Oppression of Hazaras in Afghanistan, dedicated to raising and maintaining an awareness of the Hazara people, who have been targeted by the Taliban.