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The 14th Vail Film Festival celebrates Women Filmmakers. All films must be written, directed and/or produced by women. The festival takes place March 30 - April 2 in sunny Vail, CO.
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Friday, March 31 • 9:15pm - 11:00pm
Docs Grp 2: Our Iraq & Burqa Boxers + Q&A

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Our Iraq
OUR IRAQ dismantles caricatures of Iraqis and Muslims in the United States: an Iraqi-American sculptor rebuilds what extremists have destroyed, Muslims pray at a Catholic church in Minneapolis, refugees own a St. Paul neighborhood grocery, and a public school administrator becomes the first Muslim woman to win an election in Minnesota. The short documentary was written and directed by Iraqi refugees in Minnesota as part of a collaborative art lab called Iraqi Voices.

2017/USA/19m/World Premiere
Directors: Amel Al Sammarraie, Jamal Ali
Writers: Amel Al Sammarraie, Ali Alshammaa, Abdullah Flalija, Mohammed Raif, Nathan Fisher
Starring: Jamal Ali, Jessica Belt Saem Eldahr, Northern Monday Films, Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project

Burqa Boxers

In a culture that values beauty, delicacy, refinement and submission as the prized traits to the ultimate feminine career fulfillment, marriage, young Muslim women in Kiddirpur, Kolkata challenge stereotypes, learning boxing with Razia Shabnam one of the first Indian women to become a boxing coach and an international referee. Burqa boxers is the story of Ajmira Khatoon, Taslima Khatoon and Parveen Sajda as the pursue their dreams while negotiating poverty and tradition.

85m/India, France, USA/2016/U.S. Premiere

Director: Alka Raghuram

Writer: Alka Raghuram

Producers: Farid Rezkallah, 24 Images; Alka Raghuram, Junoon Pictures; Deann Borshay Liem, Mu Films; Premalatha Durham

Starring: Razia Shabnam, Ajmira Khatoon, Taslima Khatoon, Parveen Sajda



Friday March 31, 2017 9:15pm - 11:00pm
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