Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival

8 Nov

Amnesty International’s Victorian Women’s Rights team presents the first Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival on the 26-27th of November at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova. Amnesty’s Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival is part of the internationally celebrated ‘16 Days of Activism‘, a global call to action for an end to violence against women.

The event will showcase a number of highly acclaimed and important films exploring issues around gender-based violence and discrimination and celebrating female empowerment and the women who have stood up against significant political and social barriers.

Speakers include: Karen Toohey, Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Kathleen Maltzahn, author of Trafficked and founder of Project Respect and Ming Yu, Demand Dignity International Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International, with more to come.

Tickets: $17.50 adult/$14.50 conc./festival packages available
Starts: Saturday November 26 2011 1:00 PM 
Finishes: Sunday November 27 2011 8:00 PM
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Twitter: @SVAWFilmFest

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Below is an invitation that you can save and email to your friends, or print out.


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Films that will be showing:

Cairo 678

Directed by Mohamed Diab, ‘Dubai International Film Festival’, this film explores the issue of sexual harassment in Egypt and the difficulties faced by women who stand up against it and the system that enables it.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Directed by Virginia Reticker, ‘Winner Best Documentary Tribeca Film Festival’ and featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2011, Leymah Gbowee and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, this film follows the remarkable story of the brave Liberian women who succeeded in bringing peace to their war-torn country by coming together in a non-violent peace movement that brought war-lords and the military to their knees.

Pink Saris

Directed by Kim Longinotto, ‘BAFTA 2011 Nomination’, this film follows Sampat Pal Devi, the leader of the ‘Pink Gang’ who brings her own brand of justice to the streets of Uttar Pradesh, India, combating violence against women.

The Price of Sex

Directed by Mimi Chakarova, ‘Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking Human Rights Watch’, this is a documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.

My Tehran for Sale

Directed by Granaz Moussavi. ‘Best Feature Film, Fort Collins TriMedia Festival 2010’ and recently spotlighted after the film’s lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, was sentenced to 90 lashes in Iran and imprisonment for her role in the film, My Tehran for Sale touches on issues surrounding women in Iran and the repression of artistic expression.


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