Against the oppressive environment of religious fanaticism, political turmoil, archaic traditions, and the rise of fundamentalist Islamic movements, one extraordinary Arabian woman rises up...
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Against the oppressive environment of religious fanaticism, political turmoil, archaic traditions, and the rise of fundamentalist Islamic movements, one extraordinary Arabian woman rises up in a personal, revealing, and dangerous quest to champion justice and equality for all women. WOMAN is a feature-length documentary based on the writings, lectures, and life of Nobel Prize nominee, activist Bouthaina Shaaban as she fearlessly ignites awareness while advancing the cause of rights for Arab women - from securing formal acknowledgments throughout the Arab world that women should be afforded basic human rights, to waging an international battle defending the integrity of the real Arab female, all accomplished with the firm hand of diplomacy and the power of her pen. The film journeys back to Bouthaina's beginning as a schoolgirl in a small obscure Syrian village to her evolution into a top international politician representing her country, while continuing her fight for female equality.... Written by
A masterful meditation on the new medium and on filmed storytelling itself.
I was lucky enough to catch this amazing documentary at the Damascus International Film Festival while touring the Middle East on a photographic holiday. What a stunning achievement by the filmmakers, and what a stunning, brilliant and courageous "woman" Bouthaina Shaaban is. Quite remarkable how Ziad Hamzeh, producer, writer and director, manages to interweave this biography of Ms. Shaaban's life and her teaching on Arab women's rights with gorgeous images and vistas of Old Damascus and the countryside. The hi-def photography is some of the most breathtaking I've seen. This film is a masterful meditation on the new medium and on filmed storytelling itself.
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