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 well as get you tickets to the festival, keepsake bracelets, and VIP passes!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 women,” Women’s Voices Now has creatively crafted Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival in attempt to create an online platform “where underrepresented women can be heard by an international audience, women can communicate with each other, and the dialogue on women’s rights can be elevated by a multitude of views from diverse national, economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.”

The festival will showcase the top selection of digital short films submitted in an online competition through the Women’s Voices Now website. The short films feature women from different faiths and backgrounds living in Muslim-majority countries, as well as Muslim women living as minorities in other countries. The competition is open to filmmakers of all genders and backgrounds and will remain open for submissions until November 24th.

Luckily for millions of savvy web goers, there is already a great collection of films that are sure to move you to laughter or tears, with one of my personal favorites already in submission: 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim by Anida Yoeu Ali.

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