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.

Absent Spaces

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.

Her Man

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.

Laila and the Garbage Man

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.

Girl’s Talk

Mayye Zayed | Egypt | 2010 | 4 mins
Friendship blossoms between two teenage girls who communicate from inside the stalls of their highschool bathroom.

Heart on Fire

Beri Shalmashi | Iraqi Kurdistan | 2013 | 7 mins
Derya’s badly burned body brings the tragic reality of self-immolation and honor violence in Iraqi Kurdistan under scrutiny. 

Colorful Qormai

Khadim Hussain Byhname | Afghanistan | 2015 | 7 mins
A seamstress sweeps pieces of colorful cloth thrown from the second floor by a blacksmith’s wife. Taking her neighbor’s “trash” she sews a quilt (Qormai) in an act of hope and possibility.


Mahshid Sajadi | Iran | 2016 | 20 mins
A glimpse into the psyche of the male gaze onto a woman, this short narrative film explores concepts of love, heartbreak, attraction, and infatuation.

The Same Source

Mohammad Adel | Egypt | 2015 | 4 mins
A man, frozen with grief, mourns the loss of his wife – a woman who encapsulated love, home, and nation all at once.

Story of a Girl

Jonathan Smith | Argentina & USA | 2015 | 20 mins
Based on a true story, Sophia, born with HIV, must leave her father and move to the city with her aunt for better treatment.

In Circles

Masooma Ibrahimi | Afghanistan | 2015 | 15 mins
An impoverished young woman struggles to support herself and her ailing parents but wants to change her life desperately. What if she could do so by taking someone else’s bag in a bus station?


Khadim Hussain Byhname | Afghanistan | 2015 | 17 mins
Neglected by her family because of her disabilities, a young deaf girl formulates a plan to get them to recognize that she has a voice.

Hide and Seek

Garth Kravits and Lia Chang | USA | 2015 | 4 mins
Women, especially women of color, look in the mirror every day and hope for a face other than their own, one defined and validated by magazines, television, and movies.

Flight Mandatory

Azizullah Haidari | Afghanistan | 2014 | 5 mins
A man mourns his wife and child, casualties of an unceasing war, tearing apart families and hopes for a better future.

Growing Strong

Rita Ciolek | USA | 2015 | 30 mins
A physically and emotionally abused girl escapes home in an attempt to find refuge at her free-spirited grandmother’s horse farm.


Zainab Entezar | Afghanistan | 2015 | 6 mins
A single woman searches for a home to rent in Kabul, Afghanistan, but no one is willing to help her in her quest for shelter and safety.