Women in Struggle
Palestine | 2004 | 56 minutes | Color | DVD | Arabic | Subtitled | Order No. 05885
Their painful recollections provide a fascinating personal perspective on their motives for political involvement, reveal their struggles in prison, and define the difficulties they have faced readjusting to life in Palestinian society. Though the women are now free, they continue to feel imprisoned by the current climate of the Intifada, by the “war on terror” and by the recently built “security” wall. With horrifying stories of torture suffered while in Israeli detention, the film brings to the forefront the hot-button issue of human rights abuses in prisons—and its particular implications for women prisoners. It also grapples with timely and difficult questions—what politicizes an individual? Are people born to fight, or do their circumstances force them to do so?
Presented without narration, WOMEN IN STRUGGLE does not categorize its subjects as heroes or criminals, instead letting the women’s voices stand on their own to add another layer to the complex discourse on Israel.
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- AMWA Excellence in Media Award
- Ismaelia Film Fest, Hussam Ali Award& Jury Mention
- Arab Film Festival, Germany
- Canada Palestine Film Festival
- Cinema e Donne, Florence
- Docudays, Lebanon
- Dubai Aljazeera Film Festival, Qatar
- Dubai Film Festival
- Netherlands Social Forum
- San Diego Women Film Foundation
Buthina Canaan Khoury is a Palestinian independent filmmaker who established Majd Production Company in Ramallah in 2000. The company's main objective is to produce documentaries about various crucial Palestinian issues, focusing on women's social and political problems.
Khoury received her Bachelor degree in Filmmaking and Photography from the Massachusetts College of Fine Arts in Boston. Her films include: WOMEN IN STRUGGLE (2004), MARIA'S GROTTO (2007) and TASTE THE REVOLUTION (2008). Ms Khoury had won many awards, including the silver Muhr at the Dubai Film Festival in 2007, and she is currently developing her first feature GREEN ALMOND (8/14)