Censored Women’s Film Festival 2016 at The George Washington University

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This article was provided by Honor Diaries.

Standing in global solidarity with silenced women
Spotlighting gender apartheid with a selection of banned independent films and speakers

July 4th, 2016, Washington, D.C. – For the second time, the Censored Women’s Film Festival 2016 at the Global Women’s Institute at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., is bringing together the voices of silenced activists and banned international films to expose global, everyday violence against women.

Independent and international films featured at the festival challenge irrational ideologies, such as forced child marriages, sexual abuse, female genital mutilation (FGM), and honor killings, causing many films to be banned in several countries and subjected to harsh censorship campaigns on American college campuses.

“At the root of this censorship is power, politics and patriarchy,” says Raheel Raza, long-time Muslim women’s rights activist featured in Honor Diaries. “There is an organized movement to silence and suppress our voices in order to keep us subjugated. We won’t stand for it any longer.”

Festival organizer and human rights attorney Paula Kweskin produced Honor Diaries, a documentary that explores women’s subjugation and gender apartheid. It has been viewed by more than two million people; featured at the United Nations, Capitol Hill and the UK’s House of Commons; and praised for bringing issues of honor violence and gender apartheid to the forefront. Despite winning numerous awards, the film has been subjected to censorship campaigns and canceled on college campuses for exposing women’s struggles in honor-based societies.

“This film festival is a show of solidarity to all women around the world who are silenced, victimized and shut out of the public debate,” Kweskin says. “As filmmakers, we are proud to have the forum to show our previously censored materials. But more than that, our ultimate goal is to give voice to the voiceless.”

Presenting this forbidden content and giving a voice to speakers who have been silenced gives the public an opportunity to take a stand and join in solidarity with women across the world.

Organizers welcome a diverse audience of students, lawmakers, activists, and academia, as well as an equally diverse selection of films. To submit a film to the festival, please visit FilmFreeway. Regular deadline to submit is July 14th, 2016. Late submissions accepted until August 7th, 2016.

For more information about the festival, contact Dana Wilsey at dana@honordiaries.com.