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A Film Series on Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World

Harvard Law School’s Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, with support from the Harvard Human Rights Program, is pleased to announce its first film series, “Women, Rights, and Activism in the Muslim World.” Throughout the Spring semester, we will showcase films that highlight women’s struggles, conflicts, and triumphs across the region. The films cover a broad range of themes, including political and social activism, marriage, divorce, education, and sports.

Each screening will be followed by a discussion led by a guest who is either the filmmaker or an expert in the relevant theme. All screenings will start at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be provided for attendees.

Our first event is a screening of “Horma” (“Sanctity”), on Thursday, February 16, at 5:00pm, Wasserstein 1023 (Harvard Law School campus), featuring Saudi director and actress Ahd Kamel. The film was shot in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and stars Kamel as Areej, a pregnant young Saudi widow, who battles social customs to protect her unborn child. Ahd, a Saudi actor and filmmaker, studied film direction and acting in New York City. “The Shoemaker,” her directorial debut, won multiple awards from festivals worldwide. She won the Golden Gate Award for Best Actress in San Francisco for her role in “Razn.” Ahd was recently a jury member for the Emirates film competition in Abu Dhabi.

After the film, Kamel will join us via videoconference for commentary and Q&A. In addition, we welcome Pascal Menoret, author of Joyriding in Riyadh and Professor of Modern Middle East Studies at Brandeis University, who joins us as discussant. Kristen Stilt, Professor of Law and Director of ILSP: LSC, and Salma Waheedi, ILSP: LSC Visiting Fellow will moderate.

If you plan to attend this first event, we ask your cooperation in sending us your RSVP. 

Upcoming screenings in the series are:

Speed Sisters” – Date, venue TBD
What Tomorrow Brings” – March 9, 5:00 pm,  Wasserstein 1023
A Separation” – March 23, 5:00 pm, Wasserstein 1023
Private Revolutions: Young, Female, Egyptian” – April 13, 5:00 pm, Pound 101