Paolo Patruno | USA, Italy | 2015 | 49 mins
With the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country, African-American women in the United States are nearly four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts.
Aroop Dwivedi | India | 2014 | 13 mins
A mother’s devotion to her son is unceasing as she strives to give her son the best life she can, even if it means she will ultimately lose him and time will take her away from him.
Zainab Sultan and Thouria Mahmoud | Qatar | 2010 | 6 mins
The conservative culture of Qatar stigmatizes women diagnosed with breast cancer, blaming the victim for her illness.
Jamshed Kholikov | Tajikistan | 2008 | 5 mins
Hands tied and head covered, trapped like a bird in a cage, she yearns to be free.
Rama Barhat | India | 2010 | 5 mins
As the only female rickshaw driver in Udaipur, India, Manju Khatri is no ordinary woman; she’s challenging a male-dominated society with every ride she makes.
Laila Hotait Salas | Lebanon | 2008 | 7 mins
With war ravaging Lebanon, in the private space of her home, Nadia paints to maintain a sense of normalcy until the chaos comes through her door.
Save the Children | Niger | 2011 | 3 mins
Begging on the streets for food and money, Djamila fights for survival after her family’s harvest failed during a drought.
Mahera Omar | Pakistan | 2010 | 18 mins
Five young women from the scenic Shigar Valley in northern Pakistan work with the Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP) to beautify a school and sow seeds of their own transformation.
Leila Jarman | USA | 2016 | 6 mins
A Dream of Paper Flowers is a poetry film and a soundscape steeped in allegory, a capsule of femmy horror, unnerving and captivating. It is a glimpse into the raw, jagged coals of the female psyche.
Sayad Qasem Hussaini | Afghanistan | 2011 | 17 mins
A documentary exploring the effects of narcotic use among Afghan families, specifically parents who use narcotics to “babysit” their children in order to work long hours making carpets.
Negin Vaziri | USA | 2010 | 5 mins
Covered by a veil or uncovered, this film explores humiliation as part of the female experience.
Nadia Hossaini | Afghanistan | 2010 | 14 mins
For impoverished women in Afghanistan, opium soothes their pain and sedates their children whose sleep allows mothers to do the work that will keep everyone alive.
Ayten Amin | Egypt | 2006 | 10 mins
Vengeance, jealousy, and betrayal push a first wife to sabotage the well being of her husband’s second wife.
Celia Eslamieh Shomal | Netherlands | 2010 | 4 mins
An experimental film in search of the meaning of beauty and free will.
Syed Mohammed Hassan | Pakistan | 2009 | 5 mins
For the Bheel and Kohli tribes in the Sind province of Pakistan where women toil crushing stones, slavery is alive and well.
Safoura Ahmadisatari | Iran | 2003 | 11 mins
An innocent baby is born with AIDS into a world that cannot cope with the pain and shame the child symbolizes.
Kathleen Frances Orr | USA | 2015 | 6 mins
A day in the life of a desperate fight to fulfill one’s deepest wish – to be useful in this world.
Kefaya Diab | Jordan | 2008 | 7 mins
Laila is a neglected teenage girl but her life changes when she befriends an elderly garbage man in her neighborhood.
Alysse Stepanian | USA | 2009 | 6 mins
With her broom as a weapon of protest, Alysse discovers a newfound strength among other underprivileged women at the beginning of the Iranian Revolution.
Lena Khan | USA | 2007 | 5 mins
What happens when you ask over 2,000 Muslim Americans what they would like to say to the world?