HER WAR | WOMEN Vs. ISIS
Documentary | Monday 28th March 19.30-21.00
Belmont Filmhouse Meeting Room, Belmont Street
In the Syrian town of Serekaniye, the people live under constant threat from the unimaginable atrocities of ISIS. The revealing documentary Her War: Women vs. ISIS places us directly in the belly of this region, and explores the surprising and significant number of women who are leading the battle against the infamous terrorist organization.
The warriors depicted in the film have joined the exclusively female wing of the only armed anti-ISIS force in the area – the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit, otherwise known as YPJ. They are drawn by a need to protect their families, their homeland, and their way of life. An additional incentive comes in the form of a mandate set forth by the enemy which states that any man killed by a woman will go to Hell.
The recent employment of women in military forces is in answer to the expanding conquests and body counts inflicted by ISIS. It also defies long-held traditional beliefs on women’s societal placement in that region. As a result, as one male militant observes in the film they are crafting a “revolution within a revolution.”
LUNCH TIME DOCUMENTARIES
Tuesday 29th March | 12.30-13.30
Screen Seventeen (Downstairs), Seventeen, Belmont Street
Angela Davis on Palestine, G4S and the Prison Industrial Complex
War on Want, the School of Law at SOAS and the Russell Tribunal on Palestine hosted Angela Davis for a discussion on Justice for Palestine and the Stop G4S campaign. This film of the event is a unique opportunity to hear eminent feminist scholar-activist Angela Davis discussing Palestine and the struggle for liberty in a world of growing militarisation, privatised repression and the proliferation of prisons.
Wednesday 30th March | 12.30-13.30
Awra Amba: Utopia in Ethiopia
Men of quality do not fear equality. A message about equality from Awra Amba, the amazing egalitarian village in Northern Ethiopia, where men and women enjoy equality at home and at work.
Thursday 31st March | 12.30-13.30
An inspiring film about one woman’s attempt to light up her world.
Rafea is an uneducated Bedouin mother from the Jordanian desert. She gets the chance to go to the Barefoot College, where middle-aged women from poor communities train to become solar engineers, and bring power to their communities. The college brings together women from all over the world. But learning about electrical components without being able to read, write or understand English is the easy part. Rafea is forced to risk everything, including losing her children, if she wants to complete the course.
Friday 1st April | 12.30-13.30
We – Arundhati Roy
We is a fast-paced documentary that covers the world politics of power, war, corporations, deception and exploitation.
It visualizes the words of Arundhati Roy, specifically her famous Come September speech, where she spoke on such things as the war on terror, corporate globalization, justice and the growing civil unrest.
It’s witty, moving, alarming and quite a lesson in modern history.
We is almost in the style of a continuous music video. The music used sets the pace and serves as wonderful background for the words of Ms. Roy and images of humanity in the world we live all in today.