“Not only did the national media play a role in seemingly victimizing the perpetrators – lamenting the loss of “promising football careers” and making excuses for the rape – but now adults involved in the case, including the Steubenville school district\’s superintendent, have been charged for attempting to cover up the story. The whole thing is a clusterfuck and Richmond\’s early release and statement are adding to the pile.” – Benjamin Cosman
1998. Seven weeks before winning the Miss World Competition, Miss Israel Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed, and raped in Milan, Italy. She was 18…
Brave Miss World follows her journey, from the rape, to her crowning and through her crusade to fight for justice and break the silence. During her travels to speak out and meet with other rape victims, her own trauma begins to resurface. Her serial rapist becomes eligible for parole, and she has to hunt down his previous victims in order to help keep him behind bars. The film explores the trauma of sexual assault through one young woman’s journey from teenage rape victim to Miss World to empowered lawyer and activist.
(Source: Brave Miss World About Page)
For more information on the documentary, visit http://www.bravemissworld.com/.
“Over the past three decades Iran has been named by human rights organizations such as Amnesty International for having one of the worst records on women’s rights in the world. Iran’s judicial system is based on Sharia law. Under Sharia laws (or under Iranian government’s particular interpretation of it), women’s testimony in court is worth half of that of man; custody rights for mothers are systematically disregarded; women cannot become judges, ambassadors or presidents; exposure of any part of women’s body other than hands and face is subject to 70 lashes or 60 days imprisonment.
These are only a few laws that target the rights and freedoms of women of Iran. Despite these, Iranian women constitute one of the most vibrant and progressive gender demographics in the Middle East. 60% of university students are women. 40% of Iranian filmmakers are women. Many of the most influential Iranian writers and poets are women. More importantly, women are on the forefront of the most powerful human rights and women’s rights advocacy campaigns in Iran. How has that happened? How have women managed to fight back in the heart of a bitterly theocratic state? Who are these women? What are their stories?
Women on the Front Line tries to answer these questions by talking to women’s rights activists who have been in the thick of struggle for gender equality in Iran.”
Writers: Sheema Kalbasi and Hossein Fazeli
Director: Hossein Fazeli
Interviewees: Mehrangiz Kar, Aida Saadat, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Noam Chomsky…
Watch the entire documentary at http://www.reelcontent.org/films/women_on_the_front_line.
Silent War was made by Human Voice Productions “with zero budget for zero profit.”
Mark Anthony Games:
“All cast and crew were volunteers and music was provided with full consent and no fee by Ronin, Cherry Suede, Matthew Fisher & Jared Newbery. This film does contain violent scenes and features language that some viewers may find offensive.”
“I have only been making films since March 2013 and it is my goal and aspiration to represent social issues in a medium which is easy to communicate. I write and make films for one reason only, I believe that being open and honest about our emotions and sharing our true selves is a vital part of healing. The world would be a far better place if we were given the room to be honest and truthful. So many souls have been contaminated by the restrictions and suppression of our denial infested society. If we all shared more we would see that we are not the only ones who suffer, so many other souls suffer in silence. Life should not be a silent war. I would be a hypocrite if I did not share my voice as part of this process (Human Voice, 2013).”
To contact Mark and Human Voice Productions, visit http://humanvoiceproductions.weebly.com/.
“Australia now has fewer women in cabinet than the government of Afghanistan.”