March 28, 2011
Uprising Radio, based in Southern California, emphasizes connecting global issues with local ones, and to motivate listeners to take an active role in their communities.
The week of the WVN Film Festival in Los Angeles, Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar spoke with Catinca Tabacaru, Executive Director of Women’s Voices Now, Alka Sadat, Afghan film maker, and Laila Hotait Salas, Spanish-Lebanese filmmaker.
Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short Film Festival
A festival of short films created by Muslim women takes place this weekend in Los Angeles, showcasing 98 films chosen from over 200 submissions. The film festival, according to its own description, “will highlight pro-women voices from within the Muslim world and present an unfiltered and honest account of these women’s stories–the experiences that shaped their lives, the challenges that must be overcome before freedom and gender equality becomes the status quo, and the people who are making this transformation happen.” All the short films are available for viewing on WomensVoicesNow.org. In fact people from 139 countries are currently watching, commenting on, and rating these films. The top films, alongside panel discussions, are being screened at the Los Angeles Film School this weekend.