On May 9th, The Paley Center for Media hosted Women’s Voices Now to examine how women in the Muslim world are using media to illuminate their personal and cultural environments, as well as how women are using all types of media to attain civil, economic, and political rights, especially as related to the recent uprisings in the Middle East.
Following a thirty minute program of screenings, the WVN panelists exchanged ideas about these urgent topics with Paley Center President Pat Mitchell. The impassioned discussion ranged from honor killings to the ubiquitously hot topic of the veil, and the empowerment of gaining independence through driving, exemplified in the WVN film Jazbaa(A Strong Will). Danielle discussed her upcoming feature film Fortunate Sons, a follow-up based on her WVN Film In The Morning, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
As an encore, the entire Film Festival program that premiered in March 2011 at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood, California, was screened throughout the weekend.
- Catinca Tabacaru, WVN Executive Director
- Danielle Lurie, WVN filmmaker
- Qanta Ahmed, Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY-Stony Brook; Author, In the Land of Invisible Women
- Maha Awad, International Television Host and Producer
- Negar Mottahedeh, Associate Professor of Literature at Duke University