Filmmaker Mina Keshavarz Explores Economic Status of Rural Women in Iran

Elahe Amani with Mina Keshavarz – WNN Interviews (WNN) Tehran, IRAN: While it has been said that art is the currency of the 21st century, many artists around the world are facing insurmountable challenges. Women artists, especially in Iran, must overcome cultural, social and historical obstacles in exercising their freedom of expression. They must walk a […]

Helping rape survivors feel stronger, not weaker, through video, film & news media

Helping rape survivors feel stronger, not weaker, through video, film & news media

Jessica Buchleitner – WNN Features (WNN) San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Film director, award winning producer and activist Nancy Schwartzman, who’s work has been featured on PBS television show POV – Point of View in 2013, as well as the BBC news and numerous other media networks, wasn’t sure that what happened to her […]

SXSW: 8 Women to Watch and 10 Must-See Panels

SXSW: 8 Women to Watch and 10 Must-See Panels

Courtney Subramanian – Daily Beast – Friday, 07 March 2014 (originally published 06 Mar) South by Southwest is back! From inspiring entrepreneurs to innovative execs, here are eight speakers not to miss. Plus, 10 must-see panels about leadership, princess culture, and more. South by Southwest, the major technology, film and music festival that annually descends […]

Two Arab women figure list “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013”

Two Arab women figure list “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013”

SyndiGate – Al-Bawaba – Monday, 30 December 2013 (originally published 18 Dec) Alongside notable global figures such as Iranian President Hassan Rowhani and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, two Arab women are in the list of 100 people chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as the “Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.” Saudi director Haifa al-Mansour […]

Spotlight on women [South India]

Spotlight on women [South India]

Udhav Naig – Hindu – Wednesday, 13 November 2013 (originally published 09 Nov) Despite a web of problems in our society, Tamil cinema has been obsessed with the issue of corruption. But yesteryear actor and director, Sri Priya says that the recent spate of violence against women, was instrumental in her choosing to remake a […]

Woman filmmaker in Iran sentenced to 18 months in prison

Woman filmmaker in Iran sentenced to 18 months in prison

WNN Breaking (WNN) Tehran, IRAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: In a contrasting Iranian political climate of acceptance and censure 29-year-old democracy green movement supporter and media personality Ms. Pegah Ahangarani, who is also an actress, documentary filmmaker and film director, has been sentenced by Iran’s conservative judiciary to 18 months in prison. Although the filmmaker has been […]

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

HBO releases searing Afghan women’s stories in ‘Love Crimes of Kabul’

Lisa A. Phillips – WNN Reviews (WNN) Kabul, AFGHANISTAN, SOUTHERN ASIA: Of the 125 prisoners in Kabul’s Badam Bagh Women’s Prison half are there for what Afghanistan’s calls ‘Moral Crimes’. In the opening scene of “Love Crimes of Kabul,” a documentary premiering on HBO this Monday night, July 11, director Tanaz Eshaghian asks two prison […]