NGO launches 9th annual women's film festival
Published Sunday 20/10/2013 (updated) 28/11/2013 11:56
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Cultural NGO Shashat is launching its 9th annual women's film festival in the West Bank and Gaza Strip this week.
The festival will take place from October 20 until December 20 in six refugee camps and 20 cities in collaboration with seven universities and 22 organizations in the West Bank and Gaza, a statement said.
This year's festival is part of a "Remnants" project consisting of 10 films by 14 young female filmmakers and one hundred screenings and discussions.
The Gaza opening will take place on Oct. 24 and the Ramallah opening on Oct. 27 in a festival which aims to bridge "geographic and political boundaries through its shared cinematic vision."
Shashat produced three new films from the West Bank and four from Gaza dealing with "cultural, social and environmental remnants which are hold-overs and left-overs which contaminate and slowly poison our social, cultural and environmental landscape," the NGO said.
"This edition of Shashat's Women's Film Festival is a cry by young women filmmakers of NO! enough to destroying ourselves…enough to hiding our head in the sand. They are forcing us see and hear what burden we are bequeathing the younger generation," Alia Arasoughly, Director General of Shashat, said.
The young female filmmakers focus on themes such as the "stereotyping of women, gossip which restricts the options of women, visual and verbal harassment which rapes women," together with the marginalization of elderly and handicapped women and the destruction of young people's potential through unemployment.
"This is a success not only for women's cinema but for the whole film-making community in Palestine, for it is the longest running film festival in Palestine and the longest running women's film festival in the Arab World," Shashat Board President and filmmaker Ghada Terawi said.