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Ten Years On: Women’s Filmmaking in the Aftermath of the Uprisings

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00pm CT

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Join the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the Ten Years On Project for an online panel discussion with prominent Arab women filmmakers who have documented the aftermath of the 2011 Arab Uprisings, in the region capturing both pivotal moments and everyday life in Yemen, Libya, and Saudi Arabia.

Panelists include Naziha Arebi, Sara Ishaq, Safa al-Ahmad, and Katty Alhayek.

This is a signature event of the project Ten Years On: Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World, of which 3CT is a partner.

Naziha Arebi is a Libyan-British director, producer, writer, and artist who was born in 1984 to an English mother and Libyan father and was raised in Hastings. She is well-recognized for directing and producing award-winning Freedom Fields, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and other movie projects.f Her photography and writing has also been published in multiple newspapers and magazines. Naziha’s films have been shown at multiple more film festivals, including Arab Film Festival USA, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, and the Tripoli Film Festival. Her writings and photography have also been published in multiple magazines and newspapers. She also works with many organizations such as UN Women and BBC Media Action.

Sara Ishaq is a Yemeni-Scottish film director. Ishaq directed and produced the critically acclaimed film Karama Has No Walls (2012). The short film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) and BAFTA Scotland New Talents award. In 2013, her award-winning feature film The Mulberry House, which deals with her relationship with her family against the backdrop of the 2011 Yemeni uprising, premiered at IDFA.

Safa al-Ahmad is a Saudi Arabian journalist and filmmaker. She has directed documentaries for PBS and the BBC focusing on uprisings in the Middle East. On November 19, 2019, she was awarded the Wallenberg Medal at the University of Michigan. She was the joint winner of the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Journalism and was a finalist for the 2014 Sony Impact Award.

Dr. Katty Alhayek (organizer and moderator) is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (USA) and an incoming Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University (Canada). Alhayek’s research centers around themes of marginality, media, audiences, gender, intersectionality, and displacement in a transnational context. Alhayek completed her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a graduate certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies. Her publications include articles in the International Journal of CommunicationFeminist Media StudiesGender, Technology and DevelopmentSyria Studies; and Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies.

Ten Years On: Mass Protests and Uprisings in the Arab World is organized by the Arab Studies Institute, Princeton’s Arab Barometer, and George Mason’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and co-sponsored by Georgetown University (Center for Contemporary Arab Studies), American University of Beirut (Asfari Institute), Arab Council for the Social Sciences, Brown University (Center for Middle East Studies), UC Santa Barbara (Center for Middle East Studies), Harvard University (Center for Middle East Studies), University of Exeter (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies), Birzeit University (Department of Political Science), University of Chicago (Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory), Stanford University (Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University), AUC Affiliates, Georgetown University (Qatar) Center For International And Regional Studies (CIRS), The Global Academy (MESA Affiliated), Institute of Palestine Studies.