Film Week focuses On ‘Dreams Of Working Women’

By Laila Azzeh
Jordan Times, Amman.


Women’s Film Week opened on Sunday, offering a lens into the world of women, their agony and aspirations in patriarchal societies — a characteristic that no country is free of as depicted by the screenings.

From the US, Italy, Spain and Denmark to Morocco, Turkey and Palestine, the nine films and documentaries, two of which will be screened daily at 6pm and 8pm at the Rainbow Theatre, offer narratives that depict stories of girls and women from different walks of life.

“This year, our films are dedicated to… the dreams of working women that balance their professional, social and family life [like] a circus’ balancing act,” said Ghada Saba, the event’s artistic director.

Speaking at the opening of the third edition of the week, organised by UN Women and the Royal Film Commission, she added that films not only entertain people, but “tell complex or common stories, describe dramas and comical situations”.

“Freedom of expression and the culture of positive change always prevail,” said Saba, a Beijing+20 Gender Equality Champion.

HRH Princess Basma, UN Women goodwill ambassador, attended the opening of the week, which marked International Women’s Day.

Breaking the “silence” of violence against women will be focus of the films screened during the week, according to organisers.

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