Women’s Film Institute is proud to partner with the 19th United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF), October 20-30, 2016. Founded in 1998 by Stanford educator and film critic Jasmina Bojic, UNAFF uses the power of documentary film to create a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, issues, and solutions. UNAFF was conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Over the years UNAFF has screened some of the most influential documentaries, including seven that won Academy Awards and 30 were nominated. WFI is co-presenting these compelling documentaries this year:
Nefertiti’s Daughters – Female graffiti artists in Egypt use their street art to participate in and lead revolution. Nefertiti’s Daughters is a story of women, art and revolution. Told by prominent Egyptian artists, this documentary witnesses the critical role revolutionary street art played during the Egyptian uprisings. Focused on the role of women artists in the struggle for social and political change, Nefertiti’s Daughters spotlights how the iconic graffiti of Queen Nefertiti places her on the front lines in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and freedoms in Egypt today. Directors: Mark Nickolas, Racha Najdi. Date/Time: Sunday, 10/27, 4:40 PM (SESSION 23). Watch Trailer
Where We Stand – The story of a controversial group of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s rights in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Where We Stand follows Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home mom turned vocal advocate for Ordain Women as she navigates the repercussions of her unpopular activism against her church in her predominantly Mormon suburb. Where We Stand is also the coming of age story of Ordain Women as an organization itself—from a humble website to an internationally recognized activist group. The film is not just for Mormons. It is not just for feminists. It is for anyone who has questioned what it means to believe and to belong. Director/Producer: Kristine Stolakis. Date/time: Saturday, 10/29, 1:00 PM (SESSION 19) Watch Trailer
Children Deported: Farida – Nine-year-old Farida was deported to Afghanistan in February of 2015, after almost four years in Norway. A country she has never been to before, with a language and a culture that is foreign to her. She misses her friends, her school and the safety of the small town Dokka. The short documentary emphasizes the human consequences of the Norwegian asylum policy. Despite strong ties to the country, several children have been deported from Norway over the past few years. In this portrait, Farida gets to tell her story for the first time. We follow her new life in an unknown Kabul, where she talks about her longing for Norway and the future that so abruptly was taken away from her. Director: Ragnhild Sørheim. Date/time: SUNDAY 10/30, 1:00 PM (SESSION 22) Watch Trailer
The Computers – In the United States, women are vastly underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields, holding under 25% of STEM jobs and a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees. Contributing to the problem is that we do not teach our history, including that the pioneers of programming included six brilliant young women.This is the inspiring story lost for almost 70 years about the founding of technologies we cannot live without—by six incredible women everyone should know! Directors/Producers: Kathy Kleiman, Jon Palfreman, Kate McMahon. Date/Time: Sunday, 10/30, 3:10 PM (SESSION 23) Watch Trailer
Feminism Inshallah: A History of Arab Feminism – The struggle for Muslim women’s emancipation is often portrayed stereotypically as a showdown between Western and Islamic values, but Arab feminism has existed for more than a century. This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely unknown story, from its taboo-shattering birth in Egypt by feminist pioneers up through viral Internet campaigns by today’s tech-savvy young activists during the Arab Spring. Director: Feriel Ben Mahmoud. Date/Time: Sunday, 10/30, 3:40 PM (SESSION 23) Watch Trailer
Here is the full list here.