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Basira Presents: Two Short Films
‘Ana Ahlam’ and ‘Shokran Toni’ - Followed by Q+A Session
With Sudanese director Nahid Toubia

Date: Friday, 30th October 2015.
Time: Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start and running to 9pm
Venue: The Mosaic Rooms, 226 Cromwell Road, London, SW5 0SW.
Tickets: £8 on the door or book in advance via Billetto.

‘Ana Ahlam’ and ‘Shokran Toni’Produced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, ‘Ana Ahlam’ explores gender-based violence as experienced by Palestinian refugee women living in Lebanon. It asks whether or not there is hope for female survivors of domestic abuse.

‘Shokran Toni’ reflects on a special friendship formed between the American novelist Toni Morrison and a group of Sudanese women. When Morrison published an open letter in response to a YouTube video showing a Sudanese woman being lashed for an unknown moral crime, director Nahid Toubia responded by creating this film.

Guest speaker Dr Nahid Toubia is a Sudanese surgeon and women’s health rights activist who specialises in the research into female genital mutilation (FGM). She is the co-founder and director of ‘Research, Action and Information Network for Bodily Integrity of Women’ (RAINBO).

Basira recently participated in the 59th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women from the 8-20 March 2015 in New York.

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Basira is a non-profit human rights organisation that promotes womens’ rights in the Arab world, as well as mutual understanding between Arabs and the Western world. “Basira Presents” is a film screening series that promotes films which explore key issues in our work, while delving deeper into the topics with follow-up panel discussions.

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The Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR
020 7372 6611

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A short documentary film produced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). It explores gender-based violence as experienced by a Palestinian refugee woman living in Lebanon. It asks whether or not there is hope for female survivors of domestic abuse.