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FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION
PRIVATE REVOLUTIONS - YOUNG, FEMALE, EGYPTIAN
MONDAY, OCT 29 2018, 07:30 PM
The documentary Private Revolutions - Young, Female, Egyptian by Alexandra Schneider gives insight into the lives of four Egyptian women and their struggle for a better society. Regardless of their various social backgrounds, they are sovereign, eloquent and determined.
Street activist Sharbat was kicked out with her kids by her own husband due to her political engagement. Fatema is an active Muslim Sister and mother of three boys at the same time. Amani struggles on a daily basis to keep her own radio station and a publishing company running to fight for more women rights. And May, who is a member of the Nubian minority, starts a development project in the south of Egypt, a region known for its conservativism.
The Arab spring and its aftermath has shaped these women significantly and continues to do so, since their fight for justice and for gender equality entail incessant collisions with a patriarchal and autocratic world. Nevertheless, they persist, and their courage, sensitivity, and perseverance are precisely what the movie wants to show.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with film director Alexandra Schneider where she will discuss what we can learn from protagonists for whom an autocratic regime and the danger of being silenced present a daily threat. How do those committed to a more democratic and just society persevere in light of current developments in Egypt? In addition, Schneider will share thoughts on her experience working with a wholly female crew in an Arab country, and, on a more general note, being a female documentary filmmaker.