The Poetess

Screenings

March 09, 2018
8:45 PM /
London
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Stefanie Brockhaus and Rothna Begum, Women's Rights Division Researcher, HRW *This film is subtitled in English. BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A.
QA Session with the Filmmaker
March 10, 2018
8:30 PM /
London
Screening followed by discussion with filmmaker Stefanie Brockhaus and Rothna Begum, Women's Rights Division Researcher, HRW *This film is subtitled in English. BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A.
QA Session with the Filmmaker
April 24, 2018
6:30 PM /
Toronto
Screening followed by discussion with Nisha Varia, Advocacy Director, Women's Rights division, Human Rights Watch
QA Session with the Filmmaker

"When you isolate women, you isolate the soul of the whole society." – Hissa Hilal, film subject, The Poetess

Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal made headlines around the world as the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition, “Million’s Poet.” The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism, and to urge for a more peaceful Islam.

Filmmaker(s): 
Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff
Year: 
2017
90m
Language(s): 
Arabic
Genre: 
Documentary