World of Women Film Fair Middle East to open at VOX Cinemas, Dubai on March 5th – 8th
The first of its kind, World of Women’s Film Fair Middle East will open in Dubai on March 5th – 8th – International Women’s Day, at VOX cinemas Mall of the Emirates to celebrate women in the film and arts.
WOW Film Fair Middle East will highlight the diversity of independent filmmaking by women as well as various types of storytelling by directors across the globe. Established by the Women in Film & Television NSW, the Middle East event is curated by Straight Street Media; a UAE based global media company, established by leading Australian TV news Anchor and Author, Hermoine Macura and VOX Cinemas.
“This years Film Fair will focus on human rights as well as how women are changing the face of society across the world. Featuring films from the United States to Tunisia and the UAE, this year’s event will focus on important issues to women and men worldwide such as human trafficking and women challenging stereotypes through sport. WOW builds communication and dialogue, while also offering a unique platform for the community to get together and discuss hot topics that effect our society.” Says Macura.
As the first ever International Women’s Film Fair in the Arab world, WOW Middle East aims to share information and highlight the growing number of films made about women and by women. This year’s Fair will also include guest speakers and workshops by prominent thought leaders such as Her Excellency, Afra Al Basti Director General of the Dubai Foundation for Women and Children and the UK’s Founder of the Conscious Muslim Club on March 5th , after the screenings.
Al Basti praised the Fair’s role in raising awareness about human trafficking saying: “There are still a large number of people who are not aware that slavery still exists in the modern form of human trafficking, and initiatives such as this fair can play an important role by changing this to help provide a better future for the victims of human trafficking and in preventing this crime”.
WOW Film Fair will feature an array of drama, fiction, non-fiction, features and shorts as well as special Awards ceremony that will recognize 5 leading women nominated for their excellence in various fields. Supported by the Australian government and the Council for Arab Australian Relations, the Fair aims to build bridges and create a platform for women and men to raise awareness and build bridges.
International Women’s Day began in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay and the right to vote. A little over 100 years later, International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world as a day to advance women across all sectors as well as defend their right to equality and freedom – this fair celebrates women and advances the cause through the medium of film and communicating issues that are important to women in this region.
Tickets will be available for sale online at voxcinemas.com and at VOX ticket boxes across Dubai from Feb 16th.
The WOW Film Fair Middle East debuts on March 5th – 8th, 2015 at VOX cinemas. For more information: www.wowmiddleeast.com
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