Filmmakers and activists gather for the second-annual summit featuring films by and for women whose voices have been censored
WHEN: December 12, 2016
WHERE: Sputnik Kino, Höfe am Südstern, Hasenheide 54, 10967 Berlin, Germany
HOSTED BY: Honor Diaries
“We received over 60 submissions from all over the world, and I was struck that film is being used to disrupt and challenge tyranny. These films provide an uncanny and intimate look into women’s lives and struggles. They are a celebration of empowerment,” said Paula Kweskin, founder of the Censored Women’s Film Festival and writer/producer of the award-winning (and previously censored) documentary Honor Diaries.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
· Fiona Carr Head of Communications, Girls Not Brides
· Hassan Fazili, Afghani filmmaker seeking asylum in Serbia; received death threats from Taliban for his work
· Rahmat Haidari, exiled Afghani filmmaker seeking asylum; fled Kabul after receiving death threats regarding his work
· Leyla Hussein, British-Somali anti-FGM activist
· 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 Afghani women’s rights activist
· Jasvinder Sanghera CBE survivor of forced marriage; founder of UK charity Karma Nirvana, author, featured in Honor Diaries and Forced Marriage Cops
· Düzen Tekkal Yezidi journalist & author, director of Háwar
· Sonita (Iran/Germany): An Afghan-born teenager who – facing the threat of being sold into child marriage by her family – escapes to Iran. There, she is determined to control her destiny through music, and pursue her dream of becoming a rap star.
· 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 often fight for their right to read and write their poems.
· Dukhtar (Pakistan): A mother and her ten-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader – and a deadly hunt for them begins.
· 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.
· A Pinch of Skin (India): This film juxtaposes female genital mutilation as a part of traditional Indian culture with the small voice of those considering it to be sexual politics.