About the Film:
Ilka Datig, Head of Instruction and Outreach at the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College will lead a discussion after the film. Iman Abid, is the Organizer for the Genesee Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (ACLU of NY), will also be on the panel.
More: This seminal film tells the story of two women with opposing political views fighting for their different versions of a democratic future for Tunisia, the country that sparked the Arab Spring. Over the course of Tunisia's critical post-revolution years, we follow journalist Emna Ben Jemaa, who envisions a country governed by free speech and without the corruption of the former regime.
In contrast, Jawhara Ettis of the Islamist party Ennahda works towards a Tunisia guided by Islamic principles. On a public level, both women must navigate how females are treated in their society, while in their own homes they must make difficult choices to balance their public political roles with marriage and motherhood. Both know the stakes are high. The ever-present threat of Islamic extremists means their fragile political process could break down and all they've worked for could be lost
More about the panelists:
Iman Abid was born and raised in Rochester, NY. As the daughter of an immigrant parent and Muslim American she understands first hand the injustices that the communities have faced and continue to face. She is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Youth, a Co-Leader of the Islamic Center of Rochester's Civic Engagement Committee, a write for the international blog MuslimGirl, a platform honored by Forbes for its achievements and has worked with community members across the country on a number of issues. She was chosen as a Women to Watch by the Democrat and Chronicle and was also chosen as a 2016 City Newspaper "Rochester 10" for her efforts as an activist around the community.