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Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival

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Women’s Rights Team
Saturday November 26 2011 2:00 AM - Sunday November 27 2011 9:00 AM
380 Lygon St, Cinema Nova, Carlton, VIC, 3053
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Amnesty International’s Victorian Women’s Rights team presents the first Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival on the 26-27th of November at Melbourne’s Cinema Nova.

The event will showcase a number of highly acclaimed and important films exploring issues around gender-based violence and discrimination and celebrating female empowerment and the women who have stood up against significant political and social barriers.

“Violence against women is a human rights issue that continues to occur every day, often behind closed doors, in our city and around the world. Events that raise awareness are so important because they start people talking, which leads to action, and hopefully, to change,” said Kelly Hinton, Executive Director of Project Respect, and festival panelist.

The festival will feature Australian produced and directed, My Tehran for Sale, recently spotlighted after the sentencing of the film’s lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, to 90 lashes and imprisonment for her appearance in the film which criticises the Iranian government. Marzieh has since been released, but her case is emblematic of the repression faced by Iranian filmmakers.

The festival will also screen Pray The Devil Back to Hell, featuring two 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee. The film follows the courageous women’s peace movement led by the Nobel Prize laureates that ended Liberia’s bloody civil war.

"It's never been more important to confront the persistent inequities facing women and girls around the world than at this moment and it is media that is the key to making the world change once and for all and for good. The unique ability film has to open and change the hearts of men and women alike offers a powerful tool for making permanent change," said Abigail E. Disney, producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Films feature are:

Cairo 678
Directed by Mohamed Diab, 'Dubai International Film Festival', this film explores the issue of sexual harassment in Egypt and the difficulties faced by women who stand up against it and the system that enables it.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Directed by Virginia Reticker, 'Winner Best Documentary Tribeca Film Festival' and featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winners 2011, Leymah Gbowee and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, this film follows the remarkable story of the brave Liberian women who succeeded in bringing peace to their war-torn country by coming together in a non-violent peace movement that brought war-lords and the military to their knees.

Pink Saris
Directed by Kim Longinotto, 'BAFTA 2011 Nomination', this film follows Sampat Pal Devi, the leader of the 'Pink Gang' who brings her own brand of justice to the streets of Uttar Pradesh, India, combating violence against women.

The Price of Sex
Directed by Mimi Chakarova, 'Nestor Almendros Award for Courage in Filmmaking Human Rights Watch', this is a documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.

My Tehran for Sale
Directed by Granaz Moussavi. ‘Best Feature Film, Fort Collins TriMedia Festival 2010’ and recently spotlighted after the film’s lead actress, Marzieh Vafamehr, was sentenced to 90 lashes in Iran and imprisonment for her role in the film, My Tehran for Sale touches on issues surrounding women in Iran and the repression of artistic expression.

For panel discussions on the evolving role of women in activism and the importance of ending gender-based violence and discrimination, join speakers; Karen Toohey, Acting Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission; Maree Keating, International Women’s Development Agency; Melinda Tankard-Reist, media commentator, author, and founder of Collective Shout; Kathleen Maltzahn, author of Trafficked and founder of Project Respect, Kelly Hinton, Executive Director of Project Respect; Samah Hadid, Human Rights Consultant and Campaigner and Ming Yu, women’s rights campaigner at Amnesty International

Amnesty’s Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival is part of the internationally celebrated ’16 Days of Activism’, a global call to action for an end to violence against women.

Tickets are $17.50 adult / $14.50 concession / festival packages available
For more information or to book tickets please go to, visit the website or email: [email protected]
Twitter: @SVAWFilmFest

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