International Women’s Day

UN Women hosted the 6th Edition of Women's Film Week, exhibiting empowering rural and urban activists lives through cinematography

The variety of inspirational cinematic documentaries and films shown throughout the week at the Rainbow Art Theatre, allowed the public to acknowledged women's and mens innovation, resilience, and courage embodied within films.

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Amman, Jordan.

 

Held under the esteemed Patronage and at the presence of Her Royal High ness Princess Basma Bint Talal, the Women’s Film Week Launch event commenced with a variety of opening remarks from official representatives. The front row and the audience listened to the opening remarks speeches included; opening remarks from; Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Country Representative; Ghada Saba, Artistic Director; Elizabeth Vibert, Canadian film producer and .Mr Elie Nimri, Lebanese film producer.
Held under the esteemed Patronage and at the presence of Her Royal High ness Princess Basma Bint Talal, the Women’s Film Week Launch event commenced with a variety of opening remarks from official representatives. The front row and the audience listened to the opening remarks speeches included; opening remarks from; Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Country Representative; Ghada Saba, Artistic Director; Elizabeth Vibert, Canadian film producer and .Mr Elie Nimri, Lebanese film producer. Photo Credits: Plaza Events

Held under the esteemed patronage and at the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Basma Bint Talal; UN Women Jordan in cooperation with the Royal Film Commission (RFC) and Metropolis Women Network hosted the Sixth edition of Women's Film Week for International Women's Day 2018.

Women's Film Week unfurled with a premiere of the selected films donated from Embassies across the continent including, Brazil, Jordan, France, USA, Canada, and Lebanon. The hand chosen films displayed unique and thematic qualities were screened on the 14th March Launch, to Her Royal Patronage, producers, and official representatives; enabling them to cherish the beauty of the cinematography, evoking scenes and overarching messages.

Her Royal High ness Princess Basma Bint Talal greets social activist Mrs. Haitha Al-Bashir during the event, Mrs. Haitha Al-Bashir documentary ‘A Woman’s Struggle’ produced by Mr. Elie Nimri will play within the public showings of the Women’s Film Week from the 15th-18th March.
Her Royal High ness Princess Basma Bint Talal greets social activist
Mrs. Haitha Al-Bashir during the event, Mrs. Haitha Al-Bashir
documentary ‘A Woman’s Struggle’ produced by Mr. Elie Nimri
will play within the public showings of the Women’s Film Week
from the 15th-18th March.  Photo Credits: Plaza Events

“We cannot live without the seventh art, which raise to us, at all time, cases, issues and stories that we might have heard or did not hear of but always capture us on the giant screens and take us to the distant horizons of laughter, tears, playing, love, adoring and open our eyes to important issues that are not only a hypothesis, but also open for study, reflection and therapy.” Ghada Saba, Artistic Director of the Film Week.

The showcased films ran parallel to the theme for International Women’s Day; “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.” As such, the event aimed to highlight powerful stories on women’s empowerment and participation in the social and economic spheres, including men and boys’ role in addressing inequalities and become agents of change.

The variety of inspirational cinematic documentaries and films shown throughout the week at the Rainbow Art Theatre, allowing the public to acknowledged women's and mens innovation, resilience, and courage embodied within the thematic films in this edition of Women's Film Week.

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women), in partnership with the Royal Film Commission, launched the 6th edition of the Women Film Week to mark International Women’s Day under the global theme. UN Women have worked closely with various Embassies to attain films from across the Globe adhering to the theme, the American Embassy provided ‘CodeGirl’ for the screening, in which Cultural Affairs Attache Ali Lejlic presents the screening.
UN Women have worked closely with various Embassies to attain
films from across the Globe adhering to the theme, the American
Embassy provided ‘CodeGirl’ for the screening, in which Cultural
Affairs Attache Ali Lejlic presents the screening.
Photo Credits: UN Women, Lauren Rooney.

Documentaries crafted by exceptional producers including; Jordanian producer Mr. Elie Nimri encapsulating the life of two activists including Mrs. Haifa Al-Bashir; Elizabeth Vibert's documentation on the resilience of South African women in 'Thinking Garden'; and Lesley Chilcott's compelling chronicle of young women in the contemporary 'technovation' in 'Codegirl.' Additionally showcasing powerful biographical accounts of innovative leaders including Arunachalam Muruganantham's life in 'Pad Man,' and the accounts of Brazilian homeless and refugees in 'Era O Hotel.'

“Cinema speaks a universal language understood by all. In showcasing powerful stories of ‘everyday’ women and men, Women’s Film Week brings strong messages of solidarity” said Mr. Ziad Sheikh, UN Women Jordan Country Representative.

The screenings included Question and Answer sessions with Director/Producer Mr.Elie Nimri, Producer Elizabeth Vibert, and Football Player Yasmeen Shabsough. The dialogue sessions enabled the audience to engage with the producers on the film's themes and issues.

Further to the Launch and the Public screenings three of the films were also screened within Za’atari and Azraq UN Women Oases, enabling the enjoyment of the residents of the camp including; ‘A Woman’s Struggle,’ ‘With Myself, I Started,’ and ‘The Thinking Garden.’

View the synopsis and screenings from this year's Women’s Film Week, 6th Edition 2018 here:

Women’s Film Week, 6th Edition 2018 Brochure