Women's Voices on Screen - We are Part of the Landscape: Experimental Films


"We Are Part of the Landscape: Experimental Films" presents a diverse set of six experimental films that creatively grapple with issues of sexual repression, sexual harassment, sexuality, and the concept of bodily freedom.


WVN Program Director and Award-winning Filmmaker Leila Jarman will explore the depth and dimension of these works in discussion with special guest and dear friend of Women's Voices Now, Eszter Zimányi, PhD candidate, USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Eszter Zimanyi is a PhD student and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. She is a co-organizer of USC’s Middle East Film Screening Series, and served as the editorial assistant for Return of The Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop, a 120-page commemorative book celebrating the art exhibit of the same name. She also acted as a curatorial assistant for Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which showcased rare posters from Cuba’s OSPAAAL collective. Eszter’s work has been published in Transnational Cinemas, Media Fields Journal, Jadaliyya, and Enclave Review. She also served as the lead research assistant for the book Fifty Years of the Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, authored by Sohail Daulatzai. Most recently, Eszter co-edited an issue of the media studies journal Spectator. Her current research considers the historical and ideological connections between the Cold War and the War on Terror through examining narratives of displacement and exile between Eastern Europe and the greater Middle East. Eszter's research interests include migration, diaspora, and refugee studies, global and transnational media, postcolonial and postsocialist studies, documentary, and digital media.

Leila Jarman is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and video artist. Her works have screened at film festivals, galleries and museums including the TATE Britain, Ars Electronica and her films have been featured on media outlets such as VICE and The Creator's Project. As Program Director and filmmaker-in-residence at Women's Voices Now, Leila heads the fiscal sponsorship program, providing mentorship for filmmakers as well as curating and organizing film screenings and advocacy events in Los Angeles and abroad. Voice of the Valley, her 2013 documentary directorial debut, followed the professional career of two self-made Muslim women journalists and their struggle to overcome social and cultural barriers to produce the first female produced socio-political radio program in Jordan. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

Voice of the Valley, her 2009 documentary directorial debut, followed the professional career of two self-made Muslim women journalists and their struggle to overcome social and cultural barriers to produce the most important social, political, and economic radio program in Jordan. She speaks Farsi and Portuguese.

Featured Films:

Get Along | Dir. Parya Vatankhah | Iran | 2013

The Nonsense |Dir. Noha Redwan | Egypt | 2011

The Reflex | Dir. Ali and Hussein Mousavi | Afghanistan | 2013

Blobfish | Dir. Ugur Ferhat Kormaz | Turkey | 2013

Vomit II | Dir. Celia Eslamieh Shomal | Iran & Netherlands | 2013

Somaye | Dir. Mostafa Heravi | Netherlands | 2009


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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.

November 17, 2016 at 7:30pm - 10:30pm
Venice Arts
1702 Lincoln Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
United States
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