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TAF Film Screening of "The Poetess" & "Brotherhood"The PoetessThis is the story of a Saudi woman who grabs the opportunity to speak against religious extremism and stands up for a peaceful Islam. This is Hissa's story.Film Story:Hissa Hilal is the voice from behind the veil: Her weapon is her word. Hissa is a self-taught writer and she says what she thinks. She decides to take part in the "Million's Poet" show, an Abu-Dhabi based Multi-Million Dollar TV show. It is the Arab world's biggest poetry competition, and it is dominated by men. Hissa works herself up, becoming the first woman in the finals. In her poems she criticizes the patriarchal Arab society and she attacks one of the most notorious Saudi clerics for his extremist fatwas, live, in front of 75 million viewers.We’ll never see Hissa's face. Like the majority of Saudi women, Hissa is covered from head to toe. She is not allowed to drive a car. She doesn’t own a passport. And she requires consent from her husband for any sort of activity.Coming out of nowhere, the housewife Hissa is suddenly breaking news in the biggest Western and Arab media.How did she gain the knowledge and the courage to step on stage and risk her life?This is Hissa's story.Directed by:Stefanie BrockhausAndreas WolffProduced by:Andreas WolffBrotherhoodDirected by: Meryam JoobeurMohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son returns home to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young wife in tow. Every moment in Meryam Joobeur’s wrenching drama is infused with the emotional complexities of a family reunion, and the consequences of past wounds and misunderstanding.
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