Films

Little Time to Rest: 'Daughters' of Nomads

By 
Pamela Nice

Watching “Daughters of Anatolia,” a film documenting the nomadic lifestyle of goat herders in contemporary Turkey, makes one aware of the value of ethnographic filmography over its drier, academic prose cousin. Describing the migratory path from the Mediterranean Sea to the Taurus Mountains cannot compare with seeing the breath-taking beauty of mountains in bloom as goats scramble over them.

A Day of Dignity: Karama with the Blood of Innocents

By 
Bobby Gulshan


Karama Has No walls
Directed by Sara Ishaq
Cinema Guild, 2013

The heartbreaking film “Karama Has No Walls” recounts the 2011 protests in Yemen’s capital against the autocratic rule of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The film relies on extremely powerful first-hand video taken by protestors, primarily by two young cameramen, Khaled Rajeh and Nasr al-Namir, at protests referred to as “The day of Karama” or day of dignity.

‘The Iranian Trilogy’ Broken Promise: The Incarcerated Innocents of Iran

By 
Lynne Rogers
 
Youth Behind Bars: The Iranian Trilogy
 
It’s Always Late for Freedom
Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei
Cinema Guild, 2007
 
The Last Days of Winter
Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei
Cinema Guild, 2011
 
Starless Dreams 
Directed by Mehrdad Oskouei 
Cinema Guild, 2016
 
In his trilogy, “Youth Behind Bars,” Iranian filmmaker, Mehrdad Oskouei exposes the lost innocence of juveniles inc

Rapping for Hope: Hip Hop and Arranged Marriages

By 
Bobby Gulshan
“Sonita” tells the story of a young Afghani girl living in Tehran. From the outset of the film, Sonita is beset with the problems of an immigrant, having no status, insufficient identification and too little money. In the case of this young aspiring rapper, this may also include a dream too big for her world. 
In a scene early in the film, the teacher asks Sonita and the other immigrant Afghan girls who attend her class to make imaginary passports, which involves choosing their parents and place of origin. Sonita’s “passport” says her name is “Sonita Jackson,” and when asked by the teacher why she chose that, Sonita replies that she wants her imaginary parents to be Michael Jackson and Rihanna.
 
 
Sonita
Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Women Make Movies, 2015
 
“Sonita” tells the story of a young Afghani girl living in Tehran. From the outset of the film, Sonita is beset with the problems of an immigrant, having no status, insufficient identification and too little money.

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