Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story: Gender, Politics and the Nation

At first glance, the film “Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story” seems to provide another viewpoint about women. However, its underlined notions of politics, patriarchy, gender and the nation are what make this film stand out. Placed in Egypt, the film tells primarily the story of Hebba, a “modern” and “liberated” TV show hostess who has a very successful career. Her popular show deals with a number of political issues, ranging from corruption to religious extremism. Karim, Hebba’s … [Read more...]

A Special Announcement from MMW & WVN

We are very excited to announce that Muslimah Media Watch is a proud sponsor of the Women's Voices Now film festival! We've been profiling submissions to the film festival all week; you can see all submissions at the WVN website. The short film festival will be held in Los Angeles on March 17-19, 2011. Currently, WVN is attempting to raise money to bring all the filmmakers to the festival: you can learn more and donate here. Your donations can help bring the filmmakers to Los Angeles, as … [Read more...]

Women’s Voices Now: I Accept I Accept I Accept

Today's film "captures the true essence of the protagonist’s feelings getting into an arrange marriage." It was submitted by Sanaa Iftikar in Pakistan. What do you think, readers? You can watch the rest of the submissions at the Women's Voices Now website. … [Read more...]

Women’s Voices Now: Nour

"Nour" is a real-life interview with, Eman, a woman who is living with HIV/AIDS told through a fictional reenactment. What do you think, readers? Check out the rest of the submissions at the Women’s Voices Now website. … [Read more...]

Women’s Voices Now: Saturday Mothers of Turkey

"Saturday Mothers of Turkey" is a short documentary that highlights women in Turkey who are protesting the disappearance of Kurdish detainees. What do you think, readers? Check out the rest of the submissions at the Women’s Voices Now website. … [Read more...]

Women’s Voices Now: Sunglasses

The late submission deadline for the Women's Voices Now "Women's Voices from the Muslim World" film festival closed last week. We thought it would be a great time to highlight some of the films submitted--we'll be featuring a new film every day this week. This one, titled "Sunglasses," was submitted by Mustafa Kia in Afghanistan: What do you think, readers? Check out the rest of the submissions at the Women's Voices Now website. … [Read more...]

A Far-Reaching Film Fest

In January of this year, philanthropist Leslie Sacks, human rights lawyer Catinca Tabacaru and a team of extraordinary women came together to create Women's Voices Now, an organization based in New York whose aim is to “empower women and give voice to the struggle for civil, economic, and political rights.” This group of women has wasted no time in carrying out their mission. Already hosting what is being called the “first-ever international showcase of short films about Islam and … [Read more...]


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