In "Syria's Courageous Women," we will screen the feature length documentary, The Light In Her Eyes (Dirs. Meltzer & Nix). The film focuses upon the story of Houda al-Habash, a conservative Muslim preacher, who founded a Qur’an school for girls 30 years ago. Until the civil war currently wreaking havoc on Syria, her female students immersed themselves in a rigorous study of Islam. Filmed right before the uprising in Syria began, The Light in Her Eyes offers an extraordinary portrait of a leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their dreams.
Taking place on June 23, three days after World Refugee Day (June 20), we have invited three specials guest to further inform us on the current situation of Syrian refugees, and the opportunity to provide our assistance to Syrian families struggling to survive in the ongoing war.
Nada Hashem is the Director of Operations at Karam Foundation. Nada coordinates the bi-annual innovative education missions to Syrian border towns in southern Turkey. She has 5 years of experience in organizing nationwide and worldwide campaigns to raise awareness about the needs of the people in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis.
Artist Fadia Afashe proudly describes herself not only as a visual artist, but a writer, and activist. Afashe wrote and produced "Suspended" (2011), a short film about women exposing how the laws of rape in the Arab world leave women unprotected and disenfranchised.
Famous Syrian actor, Jay Abdo, appeared in more than 40 films and over 1000 episodes of television. Jay refused to publicly support the repressive Syrian regime in 2011, and that led to personal threats and professional pressure. In 2012, the regime left him with no option but to leave his family and fame behind and flee Syria to the United States where his wife, Fadia Afashe, was studying. Abdo most recently appeared alongside Nicole Kidman in Queen of the Desert (2015), and Tom Hanks in A Hologram for the King (2016).
JOIN US to learn about the complexities of the conflict and how we can contribute to relief efforts carried out by Karam Foundation!
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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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