Specially curated for Western Sydney high school girls, Arab Shorts is a selection of films (with education programs) from the Arab Film Festival Australia.
Facilitating cross-cultural conversation, each film is selected for relevance, significance and resonance to young women. Focusing on family, intergenerational and intercultural relationships, social responsibility, racism, customs and traditions, conflict, survival and stories of migration, students will reflect and share their own experiences and values.
Arab Shorts will enable female students of Arab and non-Arab backgrounds to engage with contemporary Arab experiences and give them alternative perspectives often not represented on mainstream television, news, or in Hollywood films.
Highlighting local voices, Arab Shorts will include films created by emerging Arab-Australian filmmakers.
Reaching 600 young women, each 90 minute screening and workshop includes a discussion led by a female artistic director or cultural producer representing the Arab Film Festival Australia. Schools to engage in the 2018 program have a high proportion of first and second generation Arabic speaking students, as well as a high number of recent refugees from Iraq and Syria.
Arab Shorts is run by Information & Cultural Exchange (I.C.E)
A Gift of just…
$25 gives 3 girls access to screening and workshop at their school
$150 covers expert speaker costs for an in school session
$2,000 produces the education kit for the 2018 program
Project Funding Goal = $5,500