Men in Hollywood (and around the world) can’t abuse or silence these women
HOLLYWOOD – In Hollywood and around the world, certain men have bullied, abused and even raped women – and then tried to shut them up.
The Censored Women’s Film Festival is where women in film will finally have their say.
“These women in film refuse to be bullied, abused or shut up,” said Paula Kweskin, founder of the Censored Women’s Film Festival and writer/producer of the award-winning (and previously censored) documentary Honor Diaries. “At the Censored Women’s Film Festival – November 14-16 in Los Angeles – we gather some of the world’s most courageous female filmmakers to present their films and lead a much-needed conversation about women’s rights.”
WHEN: November 14-16. 2017
WHERE: University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California
HOSTED BY: Honor Diaries, USC School of Cinematic Arts
“The world is finally having an honest conversation about the treatment of women,” said Michelle Fiordaliso, a featured director. “As a filmmaker, I believe the Censored Women’s Film Festival is providing us an important opportunity to give a voice to abused and silenced women.”
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
- Heidi Basch-Harod– director, Women’s Voices Now
- Reda El Danbouki – Egyptian human rights attorney; first to bring anti-FGM case in Egypt
- Michelle Fiordaliso – filmmaker and writer
- Neena Nejad – Iranian-American filmmaker
- Paula Kweskin –Festival founder, human rights attorney, writer/producer of Honor Diaries
- Raheel Raza – Pakistani-Canadian Muslim women’s rights activist, featured in Honor Diaries
- Fatima Sabri – Afghaniwomen’s rights activist
- Ariel Sobol – filmmaker, USC alumna
- Háwar(Germany/Iraq): A Yazidi woman in Germany travels for the first time to her homeland in northern Iraq where ISIS terrorists commit inconceivable atrocities.
- The Broken Destiny of Poetry(Afghanistan): Female poets in Afghanistan fight for their right to read and write their poems.
- The Streets Are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi (USA):Two Pakistani women paved the way for American actress/writer Fawzia Mirza to perform her one-woman show across Pakistan.
- Forced Marriage Cops(UK): This film investigates the cases of forced marriage in the UK with unprecedented access to the Manchester Police Force.
- Honor Diaries(USA): Women speaking out against honor killings, child marriage, FGM and censorship.
- Driving with Selvi (UK): Former child bride Selvi escapes her child marriage to become South India’s first female taxi driver.
- Faithkeepers (USA): In the birthplace of Christianity, Christians and other minorities are being persecuted, driven and wiped out, and their places of worship are being destroyed.
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