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Intersections in Islamic Feminism and Queer Theory- Screenings & Discussion

Intersections in Islamic Feminism and Queer Theory- Screenings & Discussion

Date(s) - 04/10/2021
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Mills College Ethnic Studies

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Intersections in Islamic Feminism and Queer Theory, and Ethnic Studies present…

Join us for a screening of Short Shorts, Barzakh, and excerpts from the forthcoming short, Dress UP, followed by an open conversation with Syrian-American writer and director Karina Dandashi, and Palestinian-Bahraini producer, Aya Hamdan. This event will be moderated by Intersections in Islamic Feminism and Queer Theory course convener, Professor Samar Habib, who will facilitate a spontaneous Q&A with the audience.

Karina Adriana Dandashi is a Syrian-American writer, director, and actress living in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked under independent film companies such as A24 and Stay Gold Features. Her films aim to explore nuances in identity through the intersection of family, religion, and culture in Arab-American and Muslim communities. Her debut short film, SHORT SHORTS, is a coming of age about an American Muslim teenage girl who uses clothes to inform identity between two cultures. Her second short, BARZAKH, uses the Sci-Fi genre to reflect upon the sociopolitical divide in the United States and the treatment of Muslims, refugees, and undocumented immigrants. Her latest short now in post-production, DRESS UP, centers around an Arab-American Muslim woman who brings home her girlfriend for her sister’s wedding weekend. Karina is the 2021 Silver Sun Diverse Voices Filmmaker Fellow at the Jacob Burns Film Center.

Aya Hamdan is a Palestinian-Bahraini producer and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She leverages her business background, the power of story and her commitment to diversity in the media to highlight underrepresented voices. She co-produced DUNYA’S DAY, which won the short film Jury Award for International Fiction at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. An excerpt of her short documentary, BALADNA screened at the 2019 DOC NYC film festival. Aya founded 10 MILS Productions through which she collaborates with Arab writers and directors to produce short films by and about diverse voices from her communities.

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