Sexual Minorities and Development

Phil Crehan and Jake Fagan | USA, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, India | 2015 | 11 mins
LGBT leaders from around the world discuss the impact of punitive laws, strict gender norms, and social stigma while also celebrating the resilience of these communities in their efforts to advance real change.

Semiotics of Islam

Fouzia Najar | USA | 2015 | 7 mins
From A-Z, symbols of faith and articles of ritual found in a Muslim home are set against a backdrop of alarmist, media misinformation that only foments further misunderstanding and ignorance.

Avant-Propos

Susana Casares | Tunisia | 2007 | 16 mins
Interviews with Tunisian women of different backgrounds reveal issues of identity, representation, tradition, and modernity; and a dialogue between the two realms of dreams and reality.

The Unveiled

Ola Diab | Qatar | 2009 | 5 mins
For some a matter of interpretation, for others a symbol of faith, dialogue and debate on the “proper” covering for women in Islam influences the lives of Muslim women around the world.

Half Value Life

Alka Sadat | Afghanistan | 2009 | 25 mins
Dealing with criminals, mafia groups, and narcotics smugglers, Marya Bashir is the first female Afghan-Hindo public prosecutor in Afghanistan. Putting her own life in danger, she works to bring perpetrators of violence against women to justice.

The Molky Way

Franc Planas | Iran | 2009 | 25 mins
Fourteen years after her husband’s passing Mrs. Molky decides to visit family in Isfahan, leaving the daily memorializing of her husband for the first time.

Living With Stones

Khaled Hasan | Bangladesh | 2010 | 9 mins
Earning a meager two dollars a day, women crush stones in an unregulated and environmentally damaging industry that depletes the local resources and the dignity of its workers.

After 35 Years

Alka Sadat | Afghanistan | 2012 | 40 mins
After 35 years of war, Afghanistan has one of the highest rates of domestic violence and a judicial system that severely lacks in just family law. On top of which, those working tirelessly for reform face severe opposition from conservatives. 

The Sound of the Footstep

Mariam Nabil Kamal | Afghanistan | 2010 | 25 mins
In a factory producing and fitting prosthetic limbs, filmmaker Miriam Kamal forces us to look at the devastating effects of decades of war in Afghanistan.

The Branded Girls

Bijoyeta Das and Khaled Hasan | Bangladesh | 2010 | 10 mins
Lured by dreams of financial independence, Bangladeshi girls and women become no more than slaves in sweatshops for the globalized world’s most popular clothing brands.

The Path to Follow

Nazifa Xakizadu | Afghanistan | 2010 | 11 mins
Young Afghan girls gain confidence through a local Tae Kwon Do class.

I…Am A Woman

Sheherzad Kaleem | Pakistan | 2008 | 30 mins
Theater group Tehrik-e-Niswan challenges assumptions around education, forced marriages, and honor killings in Pakistan. Led by Sheema Kirmani, the theater group hopes to inspire engagement in women’s equal rights.

The Journey

Ananya Chakroborti | Bangladesh | 2009 | 7 mins
Bangladeshi girls are trafficked and sold into neighboring India every day. For the rescued, the journey to rehabilitation and reintegration is fraught with emotion and obstacles.

Sittana

Gihan Eltahir | Sudan | 2010 | 16 mins
Art is an infinite source of energy for 83-year-old Sittana, a Sudanese female artist who succeeded against all odds.

For All Women

Gamal Ferhdi | Indonesia | 2010 | 18 mins
Sinta Nuriyah, a former first lady of Indonesia fights for women’s rights and marginalized groups.

Like a Bird in a Cage

Güliz Saglam | Turkey | 2009 | 30 mins
Protesting unfair work conditions, Emine Arslan is fired from her factory job along with her co-workers who dared to speak out against their employer.

Menna

Ashley Zahorian | USA | 2010 | 23 mins
Menna Youssef is a young, single, Egyptian-American, Muslim woman earning her PhD in engineering, which frustrates her meddlesome auntie who just wants to see Menna settle down.

Breaking the Silence

Ammar Basha | Yemen | 2009 | 12 mins
Racial injustice defines the lives of the “Akhdam” women, or servant women, in Yemen. Of African descent, these women face violence, sexual assaults, and abuse without any legal or social consequences for the crimes committed against them.

New Horizons

Aref Mohammadi | Iran | 2008 | 15 mins
Pursuing work in the male-dominated profession of car repairs, Zahra faces a number of obstacles posed by her gender.

Muslimah Q

Christina Clare | USA | 2010 | 4 mins
A young Muslim woman recounts both her experience of converting to Islam and coming out of the closet.