Kick-off Event: Women’s Voices From the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival and Panel Discussion

The One County Reads One Country (OCROC) project launched on Sunday, 8/12 with a short film festival, Women’s Voices from the Muslim World, created by the nonprofit organization Women’s Voices Now.  The films, most of them by young Afghan women, powerfully depicted aspects of life for women in Afghanistan. Following the films, a panel of university scholars  moderated by Catinca Tabacaru and Suzie Abdou provided a springboard for an interactive, lively and informative discussion.

 Jan O’Rourke, Assistant Director of the Beaufort County Library

This program is part of the One County Reads One Country project made possible by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded to the Beaufort County Library and administered by the State Library of South Carolina.

The following distinguished panelists discussed the role of women in “A Half Value Life,” “Sunglasses,” and “Beyond Belief.” View these  films and others that were discussed at the short film festival.

Suzie Abdou, Director of Global Programs for Women’s Voices Now, introduces the scope of the film festival.

Dr. Stephen Sheehi is Associate Professor of Arabic and Arab Culture and the Director of the Arabic Program at the University of South Carolina. He discusses “Half Value Life” and the complexities of women in Afghanistan.

Dr. Helen Delfeld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the College of Charleston. She discusses the role of social class in the film “Beyond Belief.”

You can view all of these films on the Women’s Voices Now website.