December 31, 2010
This month not only did we create a buzz in the press with our collection of short films from Women’s Voices from the Muslim Word, but media outlets have been increasingly promoting our events and fundraising campaigns!
Festival Filmmakers in the News
Tahereh Sheerazie, an inspiring landscape designer and artist, wrote about "A Garden in Shigar," a documentary by Mahera Omar based on her work in Shigar Valley, Pakistan with five female interns with the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP). Their mission was to landscape the Abruzzi secondary school’s garden in the village of Sainkhor, Shigar, Baltistan.
Tahereh states “My objective, and that of Mahera’s, while filming the documentary has been not only to put a face to the unseen, unsung, unheard stories of Pakistan’s courageous and smart women from the rural communities, but also to enable this simple effort to grow and take root in leaps and bounds – ‘flowers everywhere’ as one comment on the [Women’s Voices Now] website puts it.”
Noteworthy Blogs and News Announcements
Muslimah Media Watch
Muslimah Media Watch is a forum where Muslim women can critique how their images appear in the media and popular culture, and can speak up for themselves from a Muslim feminist perspective. During the month of December, a variety of film submissions from the WVN collection were featured on their blog. Additionally, Muslimah Media Watch became a sponsor of our film festival, Women’s Voices from the Muslim World.
Network 355, an organization that promoted our December 14th Benefit and upcoming Festival, is a New York City based network of socially responsible women entrepreneurs who volunteer their expertise to raise public awareness about humanitarian and cultural causes. Network 355’s mission is to promote women as a powerful force for positive change in the world and to encourage women to embark on a journey of social entrepreneurship.
ArteEast presents the works of contemporary artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas to a wide audience in order to foster a more complex understanding of the regions’ arts and cultures and to encourage artistic excellence.
The webzine Monthy Review, which profiled the WVN film "Jasmine," seeks to collaborate with multitudes of activists and intellectuals all over the world who obtain information and political analysis about current affairs from the web and, more importantly, ceaselessly provide their own, as direct producers of political culture today.