Breaking the Silence

Ammar Basha | Yemen | 2009 | 12 mins
Racial injustice defines the lives of the “Akhdam” women, or servant women, in Yemen. Of African descent, these women face violence, sexual assaults, and abuse without any legal or social consequences for the crimes committed against them.

New Horizons

Aref Mohammadi | Iran | 2008 | 15 mins
Pursuing work in the male-dominated profession of car repairs, Zahra faces a number of obstacles posed by her gender.

Muslimah Q

Christina Clare | USA | 2010 | 4 mins
A young Muslim woman recounts both her experience of converting to Islam and coming out of the closet.

Anisah

Riska Indriaswari | Indonesia | 2010 | 22 mins
Anisah is the first Acehnese woman appointed to the executive office of the subdistrict Plimbang, but local Islamic clerics challenge her authority in the name of Islamic Shariah law.

Value of Women?

S. Ali Mousavi Azad and S. Es’haq Husseini | Afghanistan | 2010 | 34 mins
In Afghanistan, the value of a woman is determined by the men in her life who dominate in a society where women are perceived as objects, no matter where they go.

In the Morning

Danielle Lurie | USA | 2005 | 10 mins
When a young Turkish girl is raped, the responsibility of restoring her family’s lost honor is left in the hands of her younger brother, a thirteen-year-old boy.

Stoning Women

Hejer Charf | Canada | 2010 | 4 mins
The Prophet Muhammah (PBUH) loved perfume, women, and prayer. Violence against women in Islam today is an aberration of his vision for the Ummah.

The Sweet Melody of Politics

Mona Haidari | Afghanistan | 2009 | 20 mins
A singer aspires to be a political representative in the Provincial Council Election in Kabul. She must think unconventionally in a male-dominated society, even after the fall of the Taliban.

You Can Dream: Stories of Moroccan Women Who Do

Cortney Healy | Morocco | 2010 | 27 mins
Six Moroccan women from the country’s diverse, rural countryside inspire the women around them with entrepreneurship and the ability to become financially independent.

1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim

Anida Yoeu Ali | USA | 2010 | 6 mins
Hate crime victims among American Muslims in Chicago inspired this collaborative project between artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano. A dramatic layering of portraits against racial profiling hopes to inspire unity.

Blobfish

Ugur Ferhat Kormaz | Turkey | 2013 | 4 mins
A transgender person is marginalized by her family and fears for her safety in public. To feel close to someone, she finds her family in her dreams, but even her dreams turn into nightmares.

A Call at Night

Basma | Palestinian Territories | 2009 | 11 mins
A girl from Gaza is betrayed by a fiancé that her family forces her to leave. When he rapes her in protest of the family’s interference, she is left to blame and deal with the stigma a rape survivor endures from family and community.

We Are Postmodern

Alka Sadat | Afghanistan | 2010 | 5 mins
Poverty of all kinds plagues a young girl and her mother. Only a young boy sees their suffering and offers succor.

Women in a Refugee Camp in Pakistan

Shereena Qazi | Pakistan | 2009 | 4 mins
Escaping war, internally-displaced persons from tribal regions of Pakistan come to Jalozai Camp in Pakistan. Despite illiteracy, women in the camp take leadership in giving essential health and hygiene education to the refugees.

Swap

Sayed Masoud Islami | Afghanistan | 2013 | 11 mins
A family with two young daughters decides to leave Afghanistan because of the deteriorating security situation. In order to afford the family’s escape, the father sells the eldest girl into marriage.

The Taxi Takes: Women and Islam

Vandana Sood | India | 2009 | 21 mins
In the era post-26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks of 2008, what happens when people from different classes and faiths sit across from each other in a taxi and take a journey together?

In the Name of Opium

Sayed Jalal Husseini | Afghanistan | 2013 | 8 mins
Afghanistan is often depicted as a “Narcostate” with the all-too-normal daily headlines reporting drug deals gone awry; corrupt law enforcement agents that lose family members in the crossfire; and young girls sold to subsidize a father’s habit. Easily forgotten are the very real people caught in a vicious cycle.

Farzana’s Story

Raheel Waqar | Pakistan | 2013 | 3 mins
Decided by family elders who are not concerned about the injustice women face, forced marriages are a kind of mechanism where socially unacceptable impulses are unconsciously transformed into socially acceptable behavior. 

Mr. Fazili’s Wife

Hassan Fazeli | Afghanistan | 2013 | 14 mins
A mother begs on the street for the sake of her daughter who is in need of an operation to keep her from going blind. The mother does everything in her power not to sell her body for the love of her child.

Handful of Ash

Nabaz Ahmad | Iraqi Kurdistan | 2005 | 33 mins
Iraqi-Kurdish women and girls recall their traumatic experiences with genital mutilation, a practice that only persists where custom goes unquestioned and with detrimental consequence to the well being of an entire society.