Films Examine Women's Role in Egyptian Society

Friday, March 11, 2005 - 12:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2005

SCREENINGS related to April 13-17 production of The Prison of Women at Mount Holyoke's Rooke Theatre that investigates the stories of women in prison, their crimes, their dreams and their relation to society. The Prison of Women exposes many facets of Egyptian society, through the lens of women's issues. The play represents a socio-political statement about women's rights, but also provides an examination of women's stories, how they tell them, and how they relate to one another.

March 23 -- 7 pm, 101 Dwight
Short feature films, docudramas and experimentals, 7 pm, 101 Dwight

1. Visit in Autumn directed by Saad Hendawy, produced by the Higher Institute of Cinema, The Academy of Arts - Egypt

2. Ordinary Sunday directed by Saad Hendawy, produced by the Higher Institute of Cinema, The Academy of Arts - Egypt

3. The Last Scene directed by Saad Hendawy, produced by the National Center for Cinema - Egypt

4. Cutting through the Soul script by Nora Amin, directed by Faisal Shams, produced by the Egyptian TV, Cultural specialized satellite channel

5. Space Within written and directed by Nora Amin, independent production

6. The Body script by Nora Amin, directed by Ning Binbin, produced by the Fine Arts Royal College -Stockholm

March 30 -- 7 pm, Dwight 101

1. Portraits (54 minutes)
The first Egyptian documentary about Egyptian women writers, featuring Miral Altahawy, Somayya Ramadan, Sahar Tawfiq and Nora Amin. Directed by Aleyya Albialy and produced by the Cultural Fund of the Royal Netherlands embassy in Cairo.

2. Women Who Loved Cinema (58 minutes)
Part of a series on the contribution of women to arts and culture in the Arab world, and more specifically in Egypt. Produced by Misr International films, directed by Marianne Khoury, the film explores the role of the women who pioneered the movie industry in Egypt during the first half of the twentieth century, while connecting their experiences to the current situation of women in Egypt.

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