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
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.
“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.
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: