March 27, 2011
The spotlight will shine on women in the Muslim world at a film festival that kicks off Thursday night in Hollywood.
Produced by the New York-based nonprofit Women's Voices Now, the fest is officially titled Women's Voices From the Muslin World: A Short-Film Festival and will run through Sunday at the Los Angeles Film School.
The opening night will honor actress Shoreh Agdashloo, journalist Lara Logan, Iranian political martyr Neda Agha-Soltan and author and former political prisoner Roxana Saberi.
"We were so moved by the rescue of journalist Lara Logan by the Egyptian women and soldiers that we had to honor her and those brave women who rescued her," WVN executive director Catinca Tabacaru said. "These good Samaritans responded to a woman in danger without thinking about her ethnicity or religious affiliation. This kind of strength and humanity is what we are drawing the world's attention to through our collection of films. Through the media, we aspire to connect women of all societies under the common rights of freedom from abuse and injustice."
Journalist Christina Asquith will serve as the evening's host.
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