Women’s Voices from the Muslim World at SOAS, University of London


On May 7, 2013, WVN Intern Kelsey Cherland will screen many of the prize-winning films from WVN’s inaugural film festival - Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival, in the Student Union of SOAS, University of London. Screenings will take place from 1-3 pm and are open to anyone interested in viewing these powerful and unique films.

Join Kelsey and learn more about the work of Women’s Voices Now, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 1-3pm at theStudent Union. If you have any questions, you can reach Kelsey by e-mail: kelsey@womensvoicesnow.org.

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Screening Program:

1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim by Anida Yoeu Ali (USA) - A poet, dancer, angel and prisoner converge with community to intervene against racial profiling and hate crimes. Narratives collide with music, poetry and politics to create a complex and layered experience. Featured portraits represent real American Muslims in Chicago. All unite as people who refuse to end in violence.

Breaking the Silence by Ammar Basha (Yemen)- The video chronicles the lives and injustices against the Akhdam women in Yemen. The ‘Akhdam’ , singular Khadem, meaning “servant” in Arabic, are a social group in Yemen, distinct from the majority by their darker skin and African descent.

The Unveiledby Ola Diab (Qatar)- Some Muslims believe that women are required to wear it in Islam whereas other believe that it is a choice and not a requirement in Islam. This ambiguity is a result of different interpretations of a Quran verse which is about women covering their bodies.

Francais Langue Etrangere by Kartik Singh (France) - In a ‘French for foreigners’ course, a heated debate arises between two Muslim women over the right to wear a veil during class.

Half Value Life by Alka Sadat (Afghanistan) - Marya Bashir, an Afghan female public prosecutor from Heart province, deals with criminals. Bashir is the first female Afghan-Hindo women’s rights activist and she focuses on eliminating violence against women. The film highlights several of Bashir’s cases in families where the bride is still a child.

Jazbaa (A Strong Will) by Rama Barhat (India) - Manju Khatri is no ordinary woman. She’s taken on a male dominated society the only way she knows –driving an autorickshaw in Udaipur. The only female rickshaw drivier, she has a faithful following, especially among children going to school.

Basita by Laila Hotait Salas (Lebanon) - The film recreates what Laila Salas’s family never talks about: the suicide of a young woman.

Male and Female (Anonymous, Egypt) - An old fashion thinking leads to bad decisions in an amusing cartoon.

May 07, 2013 at 1pm - 3pm
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom
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