Dangerous Minds pal Alan Stuart writes:
We here at One Long House have been working hard on a new non-profit venture, Women’s Voices Now, over the summer. In their first effort for women’s rights, the team at Women’s Voices Now (with the help of us) created Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: a short film festival, which has received hundreds of film submissions from over 50 countries—the best of which highlight and comment on the lives of Muslim women in stories that might otherwise go unheard.
If there are any filmmakers out there, which there almost certainly are, you have until November 24 to submit to the festival (one week!), for a chance to win part of the $35k being awarded.
For non-filmmakers, there are scores of films to love, hate, donate, laugh at, comment on, share, and rate.
So far my fave follows the first and only female bus driver in Tehran, in a simple documentary that sheds light on something most of us would have no idea of. If you don’t dig that one, there are films ranging in topic from slavery, dancing, smoking in the bathroom, and racism in French class, that might just tickle your fancy.
Below,” It is Written” by Mostafa Heravi (2006) “A woman in chador passionately dances to ancient Persian music. In Iran women are not allowed to dance in public. “It is Written” shows us how it would look like if a woman was allowed to dance. Heravi emphasizes the fate of womankind and the inescapable results of freedom of action.”