Film: Women’s Rights and the Muslim World Take Center Stage in NYC

Women’s Voices Now, in conjunction with the Rubin Museum of Art, presents a film and dialogue event focused on women of the Muslim World.

Contact: Catinca Tabacaru

May 17, 2011—Riding high after the successful Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival, held in Hollywood, CA, Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a non-profit New York City-based arts organization, has partnered with The Rubin Museum of Art to bring the Festival films and women’s issues to the forefront.

On May 21st, The Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th Street) presents A Focus on Afghanistan, featuring a full day of screenings and two panel discussions highlighting WVN’s astounding collection of Afghan films. This collection is the largest collection of Afghan films ever presented outside of Afghanistan. The films touch upon a range of subjects from drug addiction and domestic violence to tae-kwon-do and fashion, and feature some of Afghanistan’s most inspiring and powerful women. The screenings will be held in four segments beginning at 12pm, 1pm, 3pm and 4pm. At 2:25pm, there will be a panel discussion with Rina Amiri (Political Affairs Officer in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan-UNAMA), Masha Hamilton (author and founder of the Camel Book Drive and the Afghan Women’s Writing Project), and Wazhmah Osman (filmmaker, Buried Alive: Women of Afghanistan Under the Taliban). A second panel discussion will begin at 5:25 with Anita Anastacio (Senior Technical Advisor for Education, International Rescue Committee), Vikram Parekh (Policy Officer in the United Nations Peace-building Support Office) and Sunita Viswanath (co-founder for Women for Afghan Women). Each panel will contextualize the films preceeding the discussion and with provide further insight on the on the topics addressed. TIckets for the event can be purchased at

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