Paula Kweskin is a recent ROIer (2016), human rights lawyer and filmmaker.
My documentary film Honor Diaries (2014) features 9 courageous women's rights advocates engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality and fighting back against so-called "honor" violence. While the film was well received (Chicago Int'l Film Festival; Netflix; iTunes) it was also censored and banned in other instances.
Turns out women's rights films are often censored or banned. I guess people don't always want to hear what we have to say!
This experience inspired me to create the Censored Women's Film Festival. 2015 was the first year of the festival, and it was an incredible success with 5 feature films, several short films, and global activists convening in Washington for 2 high energy, transformative days.
This year - we can do even better. I've received 40+ film submissions from Iran, Afghanistan, UK, and beyond. Activists and filmmakers can't wait to be included. We are the only film festival dedicated to providing a voice for those who have been silenced.
The only problem? I don't have a venue!
That's where you come in! Are you connected to a university, institution, or think tank which would like to host the most cutting edge film festival ever created?? Would you like to open your doors to global women's rights activists and censored, marginalized, or banned content?
We would love to partner with you.
Thank you so much in advance. Please feel free to reach out with additional questions and see the flier below!