Last semester, some students had the opportunity to study the work of Yemenite filmmaker Khadija Al-Salami – who has produced numerous documentaries focusing on women’s conditions in Yemen. Upon the request of Prof. Anne-Marie Picard, the Library had purchased several of her movies, and had the opportunity to meet her.
Women’s rights and conditions in the Middle East is a very difficult, sensitive subject. Freedom of speech has always been threatened by totalitarian governments, but it has been particularly brought up by the media the past few months (Charlie Hebdo attacks, Raif Badawi’s arrest…etc.).
In light of all this, we are delighted to cordially invite all members of the AUP community to join us on April 2nd for an evening with Khadija Al-Salami. Her documentary “Killing her is a ticket to Paradise“will be screened, followed by a discussion based on a “Questions & Answers” basis, lead by Professors Nathalie Debroise and Anne-Marie Picard. More details on the poster above or at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khadija Al-Salami, herself forced into marriage at age 11, has founded a NGO in 2010 – myfuture-yemen.org – acting in favor of Yemenite girls’ education. We have organized a fundraiser to support this cause, with bake sales during the month of March in the Library. “STOP Child Brides” silicon bracelets will also be for sale on April 2nd, and a raffle is being organized. If you’d like to donate to this NGO and support Al-Salami’s work, we suggest that you contact them directly here, or get in touch with Jorge Sosa.
We hope to see you there!!