Showing posts with label Mai Iskander. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mai Iskander. Show all posts

Thursday, July 19, 2012

'Words of Witness' Film Tour: A Documentary Project in Brooklyn, NY by Mai Iskander

Words of Witness is a feature-length documentary that follows Heba, a 22 year-old journalist, as she navigates Egypt’s Revolution. Every time Heba heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Defying cultural and gender norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts, and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity and democracy. Described as “RAW AND FASCINATING” by the Wall Street Journal, the film was shot on site in Egypt as the historical events surrounding the revolution unfolded.

Here is the trailer for this film followed by more info about it as well as on ways to get involved if you wish.

Words of Witness premiered with much acclaim at the Berlinale Film Festival earlier this year and had its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June.  The film was also shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in late June in New York.  ROCK THE VOTE has teamed up with Words of Witness to co-host the film at both festivals.

The filmmakers need your help in sharing Heba's story and the larger story of Egypt’s revolution. Their  film tour is extremely timely, being released on the heels of the "year of the protester," as the Occupy movement continues to grow in the US and the 2012 presidential election cycle gears up. They plan to screen the film nationwide to over 50 colleges and communities followed by lively discussions bringing together non-profit organizations and diverse audiences.

As an educational supplement to the film, they plan to develop an action-oriented modular lesson to distribute to high school and college teachers, and organizations across the US. Our goal is to teach others about the Egyptian revolution and spark dialogue about the very definition of what makes a democratic society.

Your pledge makes you an active participant, allowing the filmmakers to share the film with audiences across the country and develop our modular lesson plan to reach even further. Check out their amazing pledge rewards and don’t hesitate to get in touch with them.

For more information about the film please visit the website:

Executive Producers of Words of Witness: TIFFANY SCHAUER & STEVEN COHEN

'Garbage Dreams' Screens at Stanford University

The documentary Garbage Dreams screened on July 18 at Stanford as part of the Division of International, Comparative and Area Studies' INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SUMMER 2012: FEAST TO FAMINE: Global Politics of Food and Water.  The event included a post-screening discussion led by Prof. Lisa Blaydes (Department of Political Science, Stanford).

Garbage Dreams (2009; directed by Mai Iskander) follows three teenage boys born into the trash trade and growing up in the world's largest garbage village, on the outskirts of Cairo. It is the home to 60,000 Zaballeen, Arabic for "garbage people." Far ahead of any modern "Green" initiatives, the Zaballeen survive by recycling 80 percent of the garbage they collect. When their community is suddenly faced with the globalization of its trade, each of the teenage boys is forced to make choices that will impact his future and the survival of his community. 

Here is the trailer for the movie followed by the film's credits and awards:

Director, Producer & Cinematographer
Mai Iskander

Executive Producer
Tiffany Schauer

Co-Executive Producer
Claudia Miller


Awards World Premiere, SXSW
International Premiere, IDFA
Nominee for Director Guild of America for Best Director
Al Gore Reel Current Award, Nashville Film Festival
IDA Humanitas Award, Inter'l Doc. Association
Special Jury Prize, Dubai Film Festival
Best Documentary, Hollywood Film Festival
Best Documentary, Bermuda Inter'l Film Festival
Best Documentary, Landlocked Film Festival
Best Documentary, Vail Film Festival
Best Documentary, Lone Star Film Festival
World Cinema Best Director, Phoenix Film Festival
World Cinema Audience Award, Phoenix Film Fest.
Best Editing, Woodstock Film Festival
Best Green, Connecticut Film Festival
Silver Screen Award, Nevada Film Festival
Special Jury Award, Montana CINE Inter'l Film Fes.
Golden Palm Award, Mexico Inter'l Film Festival
Human Spirit Award, Ojai-Ventura Film Festival
Best Cinematography (2nd place), Rhode Island Inter'l Film Festival
Best Documentary, Sebastopol Film Festival
Youth Prize, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival
Special Mention, Squardi Altrove Film Festival
Best Documentary, Ashland Independent
Best International Film, Santa Cruz Film Festival
Student Council Provincial Award, Cinemambiente
First Prize, Feature Length Film, Eco Films Rodos
Best Green, Dokufest Kosovo Film Festival
Starring Adham, Nabil, Osama & Laila
Directed By Mai Iskander
Produced By Mai Iskander

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"GARBAGE DREAMS is a moving story of young men searching for a ways to eke out a living for their families and facing tough choices as they try to do the right thing for the planet." - AL GORE

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