Recap of Festival Schedule

Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival

Official Schedule

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WEDNESDAY 3.16.2011

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7-9pm Kickoff Cocktails at Leslie Sacks Fine Art with Artist Shane Guffogg, 11640 San Vicente
Blvd, Brentwood
*Leslie Sacks is WVN’s Founder and principal supporter. Please join us as he welcomes us to
Los Angeles for what promises to be the most exciting Film Festival of the Year!

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THURSDAY 3.17.2011

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7:30-9:30pm THE WOMAN WARRIOR Opening Screening followed by
Roundtable Discussion with
-Claire Naber Matalqa, Head of Institutional Development at The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan and U.S. Liaison Officer for the Royal Film Commission of Jordan in Los Angeles.
-Roxana Saberi, author of Between Two Worlds: My Life and Imprisonment in Iran
-Mostafa Heravi, Festival filmmaker and director of It Is Written and Somaye
-Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War
-Catinca Tabacaru, WVN Executive Director (Moderator)

9:30-11 Opening Reception at the Los Angeles Film School hosted by Christina Asquith
*This evening is a Tribute to Women Warriors”- Lara Logan and the Egyptian women who saved her, Neda Agha-Soltan and Roxana Saberi
*This evening will include an address from Oscar Nominated Shoreh Agdashloo.

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FRIDAY 3.18.2011

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4:30-6:30pm CROSSROADS: THE INTERSECTION OF CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS NORMS
Roundtable Discussion with
-Hasan Mahmud, Director of Sharia Law at the Muslim Canadian Congress in Toronto
-Susana Casares, Festival filmmaker and director of Avant Propos
-Alysse Stepanian, Festival filmmaker and director of Roghieh
-Ola Diab, Festival filmmaker and director of The Unveiled
-Sheerena Qazi, Festival filmmaker and director of The Unveiled
-Miriam Wakim, WVN Director (Moderator)


6:30-7:00 Book Reading and Signing with Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War

7:00-7:30 Musical Performance with Jef Stott on the oud and mixing

7:30-9:30 AFGHANISTAN: FILMS IN A SUITCASE
Roundtable Discussion with
-Christina Asquith, author of Sisters in War
-Alka Sadat, Festival filmmaker and director of Half Value Life and We Are Postmodern
-Nushin Arbabzadah, Research Scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women
-Catinca Tabacaru, WVN Executive Director (Moderator)

10:00-12:00 LOVE, SEX AND OTHER DANGEROUS PURSUITS
Roundtable Discussion with
-Laila Hotait, Festival filmmakers and director of Basita and Absent Spaces
-Mostafa Heravi, Festival filmmaker and director of It Is Written and Somaye
-Jeff Kaufman, Documentarian and director of Free Shane and Josh: An Urgent Plea for Compassion
-Miriam Wakim, WVN Director (Moderator)

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SATURDAY 3.19.2011

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11am-12:30pm GIRLS IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
Roundtable Discussion with
-Ferial Masry, Democratic candidate for California’s 37th Assembly District in 2010
-Brooke Goldstein, Founder of Children’s Rights Institute
-Qanta Ahmed, WVN Board of Directors member and author of The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
-Catinca Tabacaru, WVN Executive Director (Moderator)

*This program is co-presented with the Children’s Rights Institute

1:00-3:00 HEALTH TABOOS
Roundtable Discussion with
-Taraneh R. Salke, Director of Family Health Alliance
-Qanta Ahmed, WVN Board of Directors member and author of The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom
-Zainab Sultan, Festival filmmaker and director of Breast Cancer in Qatar
-Thouria Mahmoud, Festival filmmaker and director of Breast Cancer in Qatar
-Shereena Qazi, Festival filmmaker and director of Women in a Refugee Camp in Pakistan
-Miriam Wakim, WVN Director (Moderator)

3:30-5:30 THE SLAVE
Roundtable Discussion with 
-Hasan Mahmud, Director of Sharia Law at the Muslim Canadian Congress in Toronto
-Robert Adanto, Filmmaker of Peals on the Ocean Floor
-Catinca Tabacaru, WVN Executive Director (Moderator)

*This program is co-presented with imagineNative

5:30-6:00 Book Reading and Signing with Qanta Ahmed, author of The Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom.

6:00-8:00 WOMEN AT WORK Closing Screening followed by
Roundtable Discussion with
-Raya Meddine, actor and writer
-Ann Slanton, writer, director, and producer
-Tahereh Sheerazie, principal character in Festival film A Garden in Shigar
-Maha Awad, Television Host and Broadcast Journalist
-Miriam Wakim, WVN Director (Moderator)

*This program is co-presented with the Levantine Cultural Center

8:00-11:00 Awards Ceremony and Closing Benefit in the Brain Lounge at the Los Angeles Film
School, 6363 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

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SUNDAY 3.20.2011

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12-2pm Luncheon with the Filmmakers (by Invitation only)

WHEN
March 16, 2011 at 7pm - 10pm
WHERE
Greater Los Angeles