Thursday, 26th June to Tuesday, 1st July 2008: Malaise / Uncomfortable in KL
Poogenda Proudly Present
> Short film screening tour>>
Directed by El?©onore Merlin & Anna Salzberg (France)
2007, 28 minutes
Aisyah and Ouba?Ødah, are two Malay women who are seemingly very different from each other, their common bond is that essentially they are both women and both muslim. Aisyah is a young emancipated person who enjoys the hectic lifestyle of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. Oubaidah, has single handedly raised seven children. She is a delegate of PAS, the Islamic party and living in Kelantan (*then) the only state of Malaysia steered by this political formation.
Both women provide their insights on work, sexuality and their relationships with men. We see in their answers, contradictions that echo and reflect off each other, often raising the burning questions of the challenges, battles for identity and place in a Muslim society in the midst of transition.
WHEN AND WHERE?
26 JUNE, THURSDAY, 9PM
Palate Palette restaurant and bar
21, Jalan Mesui, off Jalan Nagasari, Kuala Lumpur
(at the back of Hotel Istana, same block with NoBlackTie)
+603 2142 2148
for map and details: palatepalette.com
other short films:
An Afternoon with The Hijjabed
by Nadia Hamzah and Wan Muhammad Tamlikha
A mockumentary revolving around five different Malaysian women who vastly differ in character, but share one common trait, all of them don the ‘tudung’ Moslem veil. As they sit over tea one fine afternoon, they ponder upon thoughts and consequences of wearing the veil.
Initially classmates for a production class in Multimedia University, Cyberjaya Malaysia, Wan Muhammad Tamlikha and Nadiah Hamzah started collaborating on creative independent projects since 2004. From music videos they slowly progressed into making films. ‘An Afternoon with The Hijjabed’ is their second combined effort under on.par pictures, their unofficial filmmaking collective.
Directors’ statement: The mockumentary basically exaggerates each of the characters’ personalities, bringing them up to manic levels in order to convey certain messages across. It tries to be blatant and blunt about the truth concerning Hijjabed Moslem women, but at the end of it, the audience is left to make their own interpretation
The Noble Struggle of Amina Wadud
by Elli Safari
The Netherlands/USA/29 mins/2007
On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud shocked the Islamic world by leading a mixed-gender Friday prayer congregation in New York. THE NOBLE STRUGGLE OF AMINA WADUD is a fascinating and powerful portrait of this African-American Muslim woman who soon found herself the subject of much debate and Muslim juristic discourse. In defying 1400 years of Islamic tradition, her action caused global awareness of the struggle for women’s rights within Islam but also brought violence and death threats against her.
Filmmaker Safari follows this women’s rights activist and scholar around the world as she quietly but with utter conviction explains her analysis of Islam in the classroom, at conferences, in her home, and in the hair dresser’s shop. Wadud explains how Islam, with its promise of justice, appeals to the African American community. And she links the struggle for racial justice with the need for gender equality in Islam. Deeply engaging, this film offers rare insights into the powerful connections between Islam, women’s rights, and racial justice.
Freedom Film Festival, Malaysia
International Bunker Film Festival, Italy
Amnesty International Malaysia Special Screening
“Highly Recommended. Powerful resource for discussion on topics in religious studies, African-American studies, gender studies, human rights, and women’s studies.” – Educational Media Reviews Online
28 JUNE, SATURDAY, 10AM
14, Jalan Jelawat 8/10, Seksyen 8, PJ
“How to Make Tempeh” workshop, 10 am
Coordinate by bebe the cobra
Further info on tempeh: here
1. space and participant for tempeh workshop are limited. Please call +6013 243 7092 (poodien) for reservation.
2. Screening will start after the workshop. The workshop will end at 6 pm and probably the screening will start at 8pm
1 JULY, TUESDAY, 8.30PM
Bau Bau Cafe
Central Market Annexe,
Jalan Hang Kasturi, KL
+6012 254 4002
*will have surprised screening and happening also!
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