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"Struggles and Triumphs of Stateless Women" will transport us to Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey, and the West Bank in order to better understand the two-fold set of challenges faced by women who are part of "stateless nations." Our conversation will be centered around two short narrative films, and a short documentary portraying the lives of four women in the West Bank.
Leading the Q&A discussion following the films is WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod. Heidi is the author of numerous print and online articles and op-eds examining the women in the Middle East and North Africa (especially Kurdish women of Turkey and Syria), and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Heidi has served as the executive director of Women’s Voices Now since 2012, in which capacity she created and is co-editor of The WVoice. Heidi is a junior researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern and African Studies from Tel Aviv University (2013), an MA in Public Policy from New England College (2007), and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley (2003), with a double minor in Peace and Conflict Studies, and Religious Studies.
Heart on Fire (Dir. Beri Shalmashi | Kurdistan | 2013)
Derya tries to deal with the wounds of the past. But her badly burned body makes it complicated to just wash things off and move on.This film is based on the horrible reality of self-immolations and honor conflicts in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
Berxen Kulek (Dir. Yunus Yildirim | Turkey | 2013)
Neco is a Kurdish nomad who decides to sell his late brother’s wife to another man, as is his right according traditional Kurdish custom. Faced with the reality that doing so will separate his niece from her mother, Neco must make the decision nevertheless.
Thorns and Silk (Dir. Paulina Tervo | West Bank | 2009)
Four real stories featuring women from Palestine who work in male-dominated jobs. This film explores how they break traditional rules, but not without challenges.
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Co-presented by WOMEN'S VOICES NOW + VENICE ARTS, "Women's Voices on Screen" is a monthly film screening and discussion series sparking discovery and understanding of the the fight for women's rights championed by filmmakers and activists worldwide.
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