November 2- December 17: ENDURING POWER: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story– Photography Exhibit and Film Series–

2.5x3.5 50dpi WomanWTattoo Hamideh Zolfaghari photoTHANK YOU TO ALL who attended the 12/4/15 First Friday reception and films. We had an enthusiastic turnout. People appreciated seeing the exhibit, the films, and hearing Tata Monfared speak about the exhibit. Join us on Human Rights Day, Thursday, December 10, for the final film in our series, And see the exhibit too! Details below…

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Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story

–A Photography Exhibit and Film Series —

November 2 – December 17, 2015

AT:  Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.

Extended Exhibit HOURS: M-F noon – 4p.m. Sundays, 2-4PM or by appointment, 831-423-1626

Sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Senses Cultural

We invite you to See the ENDURING POWER Photography Exhibit and Watch the Films…

The  ENDURING POWER exhibit, curated by Sina Araghi, images represent a wide range of experiences, aspirations, fears and realities of Middle Eastern and Iranian women from Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Iran and Kuwait.  A collection of work from several female photographers of Middle Eastern backgrounds, Enduring Power shows an intimate and unique perspective of an otherwise private world to the American audience.

These women are empowering themselves – against all obstacles.  They are not weak or afraid.  They are powerful and energized.… Let their stories be heard.”— Sina Araghi, curator.

 

Enduring Power FILM SERIES:  In honor of the 5th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, recognizing women’s critical role in peacebuilding, and International Human Rights Day, the ENDURING POWER FILM SERIES profiles courageous women in these regions, breaking barriers, and working for justice and peace in the midst of war.

*Thursday, December 10:  Trials of Spring  Feature- length Film about the strength of Egyptian women. When Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice. Shown in honor of International Human Rights Day, December 10.

*Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PMINTO THE SEA film. Setting: Baluchistan, IRAN. Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton is joined by two pioneering Iranian sports women who use surfing as a tool for empowerment, self-expression, and bridging barriers.

*FIRST FRIDAY- Enduring Power Exhibit Reception & Film Screenings:  EnduringPower.FirstFriday flier:  Friday, December 4, 6:00 – 9:00PM at RCNV, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz.  Two showings at 6:00 & 8:00PM of several short films: The TRIALS of SPRING Nine courageous women fighting for peace in a state of war in Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia and Syria.  At 7:00PM, Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, California, will speak about the exhibit. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Senses Cultural, Sacramento,  CA, and the Resource Center for Nonviolence are collaborating on Senses Cultural’s traveling photography exhibition, Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story. Co-sponsors (list in Formation): WILPF Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz United Nations Association

See Overview of ENDURING POWER Exhibit and Film Series

Enduring Power FILM SERIES at RCNV: *  Tuesday, December 1, 7:30PM: INTO THE SEA: PDF- Into the Sea flyer  – setting: Baluchistan, IRAN. Irish champion surfer Easkey Britton is joined by two pioneering Iranian sports women who use surfing as a tool for empowerment, self-expression, and bridging barriers. * Friday, December 4See First Friday info below or PDF: FLIER EnduringPower.FirstFriday .   *Thursday, December 10, 7:30PM:  PDF- DEC. 10 Trials of Spring flyer feature length film about the strength of Egyptian women. When Hend Nafea travels from her village to Cairo to add her voice to the thousands of Egyptians demanding an end to 60 years of military rule, she is arrested, beaten, and tortured by security forces and later punished and imprisoned by her family for daring to speak out. Unbreakable, she sets out in a search for freedom and social justice. Shown in honor of International Human Rights Day.

First Friday Exhibit Reception & Film Screenings, December 4:   FLIER EnduringPower.FirstFriday 

Please join us for the DECEMBER 4 FIRST FRIDAY EXHIBIT RECEPTION & FILM SCREENINGS, 6-9p.m. –  See the Enduring Power exhibit; Two showings of several short films at 6:00 and 8:00PM: View The Trials of Spring profiles amazing and courageous women. The TRIALS of SPRING: Three years. Six short films. Nine women fighting for peace in a state of war in Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain, Libya, Tunisia and Syria. These films tell the story of women on the front lines of the Arab Uprisings in their countries.  See DETAILS about The TRIALS of SPRING short Films.

7:00PM: Hear Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, speak about the exhibit.

Light refreshments will be served. 

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“Peering behind the veil and headscarves to reveal real individuals is a delicate but necessary boundary to push. These photographs speak of the greater issues of identity and resilience, and the strength of women within these regions. Their sense of identity has not been erased by culture or governments…  These women are empowering themselves – against all obstacles – through their own will. A clear defiance and a sense of individuality is present. They are not weak or afraid. They are powerful and energized. They command your attention and your interest. Let their stories be heard.” — Sina Araghi, curator of Enduring Power

Enduring Power: the Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman’s Story Photography Exhibit  includes photographers Laura Boushnak, Haga Sobeea, Razan Alzayani, Hamideh Zolfaghari, Boushra Y. Almutawakel, and Sara Sasani.

See photographer biographies/photos: Enduring Power ARTIST BIOS

Co-sponsors: WILPF Santa Cruz, United Nations Association, Palestine-Israel Action Committee

 

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See interview with Anita Heckman about the partnership between Senses Cultural and RCNV:  http://sensescultural.org/2015/07/02/a-new-collaboration-with-rcnv/

AnitaHeckman, Tata Monfared, director of Senses Cultural, and Peter Klotz-Chamberlin at RCNV in February, 2015

Anita Heckman, Tata Monfared, Founder and CEO of Senses Cultural, Sacramento, and Peter Klotz-Chamberlin at RCNV in February, 2015

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