Original Source: http://www.thedailyq.org , 24 February, 2011
Four juniors from Northwestern University in Qatar’s journalism program have been invited as panelists to represent their films, which will be screened at the “Women’s Voices from the Muslim World” film festival in Los Angeles late March.
According to the festival’s website, its mission is to “empower women and give voice to the struggle for civil, economic and political rights.”
The film festival is hosted by “Women’s Voices Now,” an American organization founded in January 2010. This festival, in particular, focuses on stories from women living in Muslim-majority countries. The organization’s purpose is to educate a worldwide audience on issues faced by women. It also wants to “bring gender equality to local communities.”
“Breast Cancer in Qatar – Overcoming Cultural Boundaries,” by Zainab Sultan and Thouria Mahmoud, “Women in a Refugee Camp in Pakistan” by Shereena Qazi and “The Unveiled” by Ola Diab have been shortlisted, along with 95 others, for screening at the festival.
A total of 200 submissions were received from 40 countries as stated on the organization’s website.
“We are honored that our students would be selected. NU-Q is only two and a half years old but our students are already getting some recognition so I think it’s great for them and great for all of us,” said Richard Roth, dean of the journalism program at NU-Q.
Sultan and Mahmoud’s film on breast cancer was also selected for the Al Jazeera Documentary Festival in 2010. Even though initially a class project, it was developed by the students during their own time.
“I do expect that as we go along, students here will be recognized internationally for the work they do,” said Roth.