May 24, 2013
Riding high after the successful Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival held in Hollywood, CA last month, Women’s Voices Now made their way back to to the East Coast with two exciting events this May. WVN partnered with The Paley Center for Media and The Rubin Museum of Art to bring the Festival films and women’s issues to the forefront.
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Our incredible event at the Paley Center was listed on CBS NY as one of the best things to do in NYC! examined how women in Muslim worlds are using media to illuminate their personal and cultural environments. The panel, made up of Qanta Ahmed, Maha Awad, Danielle Lurie, Negar Mottahedeh, and Catinca Tabacaru talked about how active women have become in using social media and the Internet in previously closed society.
WAVE - Women Aloud Videoblogging for Empowerment - which is the only country-wide network in India for young women videobloggers in the world, wanted to hear what young women thought about education, health, democracy, the environment, and wanted to encourage young women to participate more in solving local problems. One young woman from each of India's 28 states was selected to be trained in video and were given cameras so they could participate in a 9-month long mentorship program. Their youngest participant who is 19 years old from a state called Rajasthan won the WVN award for her film Jazbaa-A Strong Will.
New York Film Academy graduate Sanaa Iftikhar screened her film& I Accept, I Accept, I Accept at the Paley Center’s Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short Film Festival. The documentary explores abusive marriages in Pakistan. Says Sanaa: ”This film is my first piece and is very close to my heart because it plays a great role in bringing me where I am right now. It is based on my own true story and has brought a firing urge in me to voice out my opinion and the story of many others who fight or give up the battle of abused marriages.”