Human Rights Day Screening
In a remote village in Northern Pakistan, a cellphone video emerged depicting a group of women clapping and singing, and men dancing. Rumors start to swirl that the young women were put to death by their local Jirga (a traditional quasi-legal council) for the shame brought to their families. Frustrated by stalled official investigations, journalist Haseeb Khawaja dives into the story to determine the true fate of the young people involved. Brishkay Ahmed’s gripping film is a remarkable and harrowing journey into this violent collision of cultures, technology, and tradition.
The Good Fight
5 MINUTES | 2016 | IN FOCUS: CANADA | CANADIAN PREMIERE | FILMMAKER(S): CHRISANN HESSING
Ryhana Dawood is a certified blackbelt and the founder of MARTIAL SMARTS, a non-profit organization that encourages confidence and empowerment for women through free self-defense workshops in the Greater Toronto Area. As a devout Muslim, she combines elements of Islam in Martial Arts, and challenges the common perception of Muslim women in combative sports.