On the To-Watch List: Braids on a Bald Head

Braids on a Bald Head

Braids on a Bald Head is a short movie, released in 2010, by Nigerian director Ishaya Bako.  The film shows the day in the life of a poor, married hairdresser, Hauwa Bello, “who through a brief homosexual encounter is able to muster up courage and stand up to her inattentive husband and ask for better.”I came across the trailer for Braids on a Bald Head several months ago; it is under one minute but it was enough to pique my interest in the movie.http://youtu.be/sxXtql9eIzII have, sad … [Read more...]

From the unibrow sidekick to the feisty heroine


This post was written by guest contributor Nasia Ullas (@mrsmumshad).I live in Kerala, the only state in India which boasts a 100% literacy rate, which I often think comes with its boons and banes. We Malayalees are all too opinionated, go on strikes at the drop of a hat, and discuss politics way too much. We also claim to make realistic cinema which sweeps away all the Indian national cinema awards every year.  This seems to mean that usually when a movie is made about Muslims, it’s going to … [Read more...]

Film Review: The Source

Image from The Source.  Via Time Out London.

I first heard about the film The Source via a Mark Kermode film review. Put simply, it is a story set in a remote North African village (the country is not named in the film). The village depends on income from visiting tourists and the there is little work for men there, unless they move to the city. This poverty also means that the village does not have a central water supply. Instead, they rely on a water source atop a steep hill, the fetching of which is seen solely as women's work, despite … [Read more...]

“Saving Face” May be a Saving Grace for Women Victims of Acid Attacks

Update: This film won the Oscar for its category. Congratulations to those involved in its creation!For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards a Pakistani filmmaker has been nominated for an Oscar. The 2012 Oscar’s “Best Documentary Short” category features a 40 minute short film by journalist and investigative filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.Ms. Chinoy is known for making hard-hitting documentaries such as Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan: The Taliban Ge … [Read more...]

Circumstance: Gender, Sexuality and the Power of Men in “Fundamentalist” Iran

After reading a couple of reviews (on FilmJabber and Afterellen.com) about Circumstance, a recent film by Maryam Keshavarz, I decided to give the film a shot. Circumstance is a drama set in Iran, where gender and sexuality are heavily controlled by the political regime. The film depicts the story of Atafeh and Shireen, two sixteen-year-old friends, whose friendship extends to the sexual and romantic in an environment of underground adventure in contemporary … [Read more...]

MMW 2011 Year in Review: Arts and Entertainment

As 2011 draws to a close, we at MMW are looking back at our year of posts.  For those who missed posts earlier in the year, or for those who want to look back through some of the things we wrote about, we’ll be going through some of those through the rest of this week.  Yesterday, we started off with an overview of some of the news highlights that we talked about in 2011; today, we look at books, movies, and television; and tomorrow will look at some of the more ridiculous stories that cam … [Read more...]

Films by Afghan Women Tell Real Stories of Struggle, Patience, and Hope

Image from the film "Bearing the Weight"

Women in Afghanistan tend to be depicted as enigmatic objects that defy human comprehension. Media sensationalism and selective reporting bear some of the blame. But thanks to projects like an Afghanistan-based Community Supported Film workshop that trained men and women on how to tell the stories on film, Afghan women are now also using media to represent themselves.The project, named The Fruit of Our Labor produced ten short films that feature different aspects of Afghans’ daily lives. … [Read more...]