Celebrating Women Filmmakers on International Women's Day

7 March 2011

7 March 2011 

This year marks the centenary of International Women's Day. In celebration, the Pathways of Women's Empowerment Research Consortium (Pathways), IDS and Screen South are hosting a discussion event alongside the launch of Real World's latest film Khul.

Khul examines the contested Islamic legal right of the same name, which allows Egyptian women to unilaterally end a marriage in exchange for forgoing their financial rights.

'Is legal reform enough to address the problems that women suffer from in Egypt? I don't think so. I think we need to do more. We really need to address public opinion and how it is constructed; our social norms and how people think about marriage; men and women's roles and their relations within marriage. We need to have a dialogue, a societal dialogue.' Mulki Al-Sharmani, Pathways Research Team Leader speaking on the Real World film, Khul.

Khul, by filmmaker Lucy Bennett, will be launched on 10 March at the Birds Eye View Film Festival in London. The seventh Birds Eye View Film Festival, like the first, will open on International Women's Day. This year the festival is celebrating a century of women filmmakers - women who challenge us, inspire us and expand our vision - from Lois Weber to Lucy Walker.

Khul is the third documentary short film to be produced in the pioneering Real World Scheme - a unique collaboration between Pathways and the UK Film Council/Screen South. The Scheme supports the talent, skills and innovation of the region's new and existing filmmaking talent, to influence the next generation of documentary filmmakers and give them access to new research that can help bring about positive social change.

A panel discussion will follow the film and ask: Why is film an important tool for academics and activists? How does it add to their work? What challenges do translating research into film present - both to the academics involved and the filmmaker? Does a good ‘development' film look different from a good broadcast film? If it is a different genre - are its intended audiences different?

The Panel Discussion and Film Launch will take place on Thursday 10 March 2011 at 18.30 at Shortwave, Bermondsey Square, London. Admission is £6 (£5 conc.). If you wish to attend please contact the Shortwave box office. For more information see the Pathways' Facebook page.