Sep 1, 2015 12:05 AM ET

Archived: Censored Women’s Film Festival in D.C. — First-Ever Showing Of Films By And For Women Whose Voices Have Been Censored

iCrowdNewswire - Sep 1, 2015


WASHINGTON D.C. – SEPTEMBER 19 & 20, 2015   The first-ever “Censored Women’s Film Festival” is coming to Washington D.C. Films dealing with controversial topics such as honor-based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), and child marriage are often cast aside in the name of political correctness. The Censored Women’s Film Festival changes that.

WHEN: November 19-20, 2015
WHERE: George Washington University
HOSTED BY: The Global Women’s Institute


“When women speak up, in some parts of the world, they get silenced and their films get censored,” said Paula Kweskin, writer/producer of the award-winning (and sometimes censored) documentary Honor Diaries. “On November 19-20 at George Washington University, women will be heard and our films will be seen.”


  • Academy Award nominated Persepolis, a coming-of-age story of an outspoken young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution
  • The Cruel Cut, a film about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • The Price of Honor, about two teenage sisters from Texas who were killed by their own family, in a so-called “honor killing”
  • Honor Diaries, featuring women from Muslim-majority countries, speaking out against honor killings, child marriage, FGM and censorship
  • India’s Daughter, a film banned in India about the gang rape of a young girl

A crowdfunding effort is underway to increase the size of this film festival, matching funds have been secured, thus doubling the impact of all donations at:

Paula Kweskin added, “As women, as filmmakers, we are standing up for free speech and women’s rights by screening our films, and making women’s voices heard, at the first-ever Censored Women’s Film Festival.”



Contact Information:

Jennifer Packer

Joseph Bornstein

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