Do you care about women’s rights in the Arab world? Are you at the same time fed up with Orientalist representations of women as victims of a monolithically oppressive Arab patriarchy? Then Feriel Ben Mahmoud’s Feminists Insha’allah! is the film for you.
This groundbreaking documentary recounts Arab feminism’s largely ignored century-old history in all its complexity, from public unveilings by feminist pioneers up through to social media campaigns by activists of the Arab Spring. Covering distinct legal, social and cultural realities in countries as diverse as Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, Ben Mahmoud charts the advances and setbacks of women’s rights in the region. Featuring invaluable archival footage and exclusive interviews, Feminists Insha’allah is a must-see.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Professor Nadje Al-Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS) and Dr Marle Hammond (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)
Feriel Ben Mahmoudis a Franco-Tunisian specialising in books, documentaries and television programmes on women’s rights in the Arab world. Previous films include: Tunisia: Year Zero, Children of the Moon and Tunisia: A History of Women.
Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London. Her main research interests revolve around gender theory; feminist activism; women and gender in the Middle East; transnational migration and diaspora moblization; war, conflict and reconstruction’ art & cultural studies and food. Her most recent book (co-edited with Deborah al-Najjar) entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press) won the 2014 Arab-American book prize for non-fiction.