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Unveiled views by Sotorra Clua, Alba

In Unveiled Views, five remarkable women talk about the lives and rights of women in islamic countries. Director Alba Sotorra Clua's film begins with Alba, a Bosnian woman who tracks down land mines for a living. Then Sotorra Clua introduces us to Iranian director Rakhshan Bani Etemad, the Turkish human rights activist Eren Keskin, the Afghan poet Moshgan Saadat and finally the Pakistani dancer Nahid Siddique. Each of these women has been confronted with difficult challenges, but have all found an escape from male-dominated society through different forms of art.

Social background
Though the status of women differs from one Islamic society to the next, each of the women in the film is confronted with oppressive restrictions. Afghan women were not allowed to leave the house during Taliban rule, and female Turkish activists lives are threatened even in contemporary Turkey. When director Sotorra Clua filmed a group of Iranian girls giggling and having fun, the girls were subsequently arrested and jailed for six hours. The documentary demonstrates that while some progress has been made in the area of women's rights, there is still much work to be done.

About the filmmaker
Alba Sotorra Clua is a Spanish filmmaker. She studied film, video production and audiovisual communication. She has travelled to Asia, Africa and South America for her projects. Unveiled Views won the prize for best documentary at the REC Film Festival in Barcelona in 2008.

Director
Sotorra Clua, Alba
Copyright Holder
Java Films SARL
Duration
52 min.
Year of release
2008
Language
Bosnian, Turkish, Farsi, Udu
Country of production
206

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