The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF), the Beirut International Women Film Festival (BIWFF, Lebanon), and Women’s Voices Now (WVN, Los Angeles) share a tradition of mentoring young women on their debut films, which are premiered at our festivals. In March 2022, FeFF will present a selection of short films directed by female youth produced by BIWFF and WVN.
WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL
Girls for Change is a series of short films produced by the Beirut Film Society and Beirut International Women Film Festival. It takes its name from an initiative created and developed by the Beirut Film Society to train Lebanese and Syrian girls between 13 and 18 years of age who are living in the most vulnerable areas of Lebanon.
Girls for Change 2022 is dedicated to the survivors of the Beirut explosion on August 4, 2020. Produced in partnership with UNESCO (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), UNFPA (UN Population Fund), and UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime), these films depict the impact of the blast on the lives of the young filmmakers, and their hopes for a better Lebanon. For more information: beirutwomenfilmfestival.com, beirutfilmsociety.org
Sam Lahoud – Founder/Chair, Beirut Film Society &
Founder/Director, Beirut International Women Film Festival
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WOMEN’S VOICES NOW (WVN)
Women’s Voices Now uses film to drive positive social change that advances girls’ and women’s rights globally. Girls’ Voices Now, produced under the auspices of WVN and executive produced by Heidi Basch-Harod, serves to drive positive social change that advances girls’ and women’s rights globally through cinema.
Heidi Basch-Harod is the Executive Director of Women's Voices Now (WVN), a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that uses film to drive positive social change that advances girls' and women's rights globally, and the founding editor of WVN’s digital publication, The WVoice. Heidi is a producer of the award-winning documentary Honor Diaries, and also of the acclaimed short film In Search of America, Inshallah. In 2021 she became an Emmy Award winning producer for the series, Girls' Voices Now with Here TV. Heidi is a scholar of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in women's movements of the region. She is a published author, both online and in print. Heidi lives in Los Angeles, CA, with her family. For more information: www.womensvoicesnow.org