In the Morning by Danielle Lurie|USA

A film about the incredible sense of shame regarding rape and the resolution sought through honor killing

A film about the incredible sense of shame regarding rape and the resolution sought through honor killing

Please watch a film that earned an Honorable Mention Award during Women’s Voices Now (WVN)’s film festival during 2011:

(2005) When a young Turkish girl is raped, the responsibility of restoring her family’s lost honor is left in the hands of her younger brother – a thirteen-year-old boy. IN THE MORNING premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, screened at the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival, and has won nine film festivals including ‘Best Narrative Short’ at the Oscar qualifying Nashville Film Festival. IN THE MORNING screened before members of the U.S. Congress, and later screened before members of UNIFEM (United Nations Development Fund for Women). – See more at:


Diary of a Mad Arabian Woman|Tamadher al Fahal, Bahrain

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Tamadher explains, “I was motivated to write this zine because I believe Muslim women are facing many issues in their everyday lives, from many parties. We experience the pressure of being an independent individual with a successful career, yet maintaining the principles of Islam and respecting the religion we believe in. On the other hand, there is the pressure of other cultures and the world as a whole that cast a generally wrong impression and—sometimes false images—about Muslim women. Trying to prove the opposite in both directions is challenging—but not impossible.” You can see her zine here. It is a heart-felt and passionate collage and sketch-book, a good glimpse into the minds of many frustrated women.

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Elvira Bojadzic, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Elvira Bojadzic

Elvira Bojadzic co-founded Islamic Arts Magazine as an international platform for traditional and contemporary Islamic arts. She and her husband created the first online issue in 2009, after struggling to find such a magazine. Their website has become a platform for artists whose work is featured in their online gallery. They are now working on Islamic art e-Books. The first three e-Books will cover the history and architecture of Istanbul Mosques. Discover more:

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Roshanak Bahramlou, Iran | Afghanistan

In 2003, during a one year mission in Afghanistan under NGO “Aina” Roshanak Bahramlou, an Iranian photographer, started to document the private and daily life of women, in a country where they had gone through social annihilation. Inspired by traditional techniques used by local photographers to incorporate color into black and white film, the only film available in Afghanistan, she creates images of women in Afghanistan in different way. As she shares the similar culture and language with them, she felt that they are more open to her than any other foreigners. These women lived or were born during the Taliban’s rules. Discover more:

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Lalla Essaydi, Morocco

“In my art, I wish to present myself through multiple lenses — as artist, as Moroccan, as traditionalist, as Liberal, as Muslim.  In short, I invite viewers to resist stereotypes.”–Lalla Essaydi. You can discover more on her website.

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