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Stop Violence Against Women Film Festival

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Show your support for victims of gender-based violence by seeing one of the five feature films of the Stop Violence Against Women film festival. Carlton's gorgeous Cinema Nova is hosting the festival, which runs over the weekend of November 26 to 27.

A still shot from Cairo 678.

Each film showcases the struggles of women around the world, from countries as far off as Egypt and India. One of the films that is to be shown, My Tehran for Sale, was recently in the news for the Iranian lead actress being sentenced to 90 lashes for her role in the film.

Films to be shown at the festival:

Cairo 678
Cairo 678 confronts sexual harassment in Egypt, as three women of different classes band together to combat the assault they've suffered. Despite the sexual violence they encounter daily and a culture which condones it, they refuse to accept their fate as victimes. Brush up on your Arabic before you see it, or follow along with English subtitles.
Cairo 678 shows on Saturday November 26 at 1pm.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell
A documentary telling the true story of women uniting to bring peace to Liberia, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is spliced with interviews and contemporary footage. Whilst their country was gripped with civil war, these Liberian women formed a human barrier and refused to move until peace negotiations were undertaken.
Following the single session at 3pm on Saturday November 26 is a half hour question-and-answer session addressing the issues raised by the film.

Pink Saris
Set in contemporary India, Pink Saris is a documentary following women who strive against the culture of oppression against women in their country. The pink-clad vigilantes fight for the rights of those who have been married off into abusive families at a young age.
Pink Saris is showing at 1pm on Sunday November 27.

The Price of Sex
The Price of Sex addresses the taboo topic of sex trafficking, particularly that of vulnerable Eastern European women. Laden with interviews from the victims, traffickers and their clients; The Price of Sex is an emotionally harrowing but insightful film.
It is being shown at 3pm on Sunday November 27.

My Tehran for Sale
Propelled into a high profile due to the forementioned lashing of its lead actress, My Tehran for Sale tells the story of a woman struggling with her right to artistic expression in modern day Iran. Her work as an actress must be practised covertly, under the threat of wrath from authorities. In an ironic case of life imitating art, the lead actress suffered for the same transgressions her character did.
The final film shown in the festival, it airs at 5pm on Sunday November 27.

Trailers and more information for each of the films can be viewed at the festival's website here.

Tickets can be purchased from Cinema Nova's box office, or from their website here. Each session costs $17, or $13.50 concession.

The first ever of what looks to be an annual event, the Stop Violence Against Women film festival is a part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign. The international campaign seeks to raise awareness of violence against women as a human rights violation, and support organisations which deal with gender-based violence on a local level.
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Why? To show support for this often ignored issue.
When: 26 to 27 November 2011
Where: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton.
Cost: $17/$13.50 concession
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