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Free Film Screening: Yemeniettes

Date & Time:
October 28, 2015 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location:
Legacy Suite (Dining Centre)

Join the Arabic Language and Muslim Cultures program for a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary film Yemeniettes (in Arabic with English subtitles). Professor Mushegh Asatryan (ALMC Program) will be on hand to introduce the film and lead a discussion regarding the themes portrayed, following the film. Refreshments will be provided.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Please RSVP your attendance by sending an e-mail to: llc@ucalgary.ca, no later than October 22, 2015.

If you have any questions (or would like to attend), please e-mail llc@ucalgary.ca.

This event is brought to you by the generous funding provided through:


Synopsis from Layalina Productions

Yemeniettes follows the trials and tribulations of three Yemeni teenage girls and their start-up business in a country scarred by widespread youth unemployment and underemployment, a broken educational system and a threatening Al-Qaeda presence. Despite growing up in a conservative society where traditional gender roles are encouraged and perpetuated, Wafaa, Maha and Reem are determined to forge a better future for themselves.

The documentary shows a seldom seen side of Yemen, which most associate with terrorism and drone attacks. The teenage cast hopes to build a factory to manufacture solar panels in a country that experiences frequent power outages. This enterprising spirit lands them in a national entrepreneurship competition, and later helps them advance to the regional finals in Doha, Qatar where they compete against students from twelve other Arab countries in hopes of winning the title of Best Company of the Year.