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FILM: SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS THE POETESS

10 Jun 2018 | 2.00pm - 3.41pm

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The first female finalist to compete in Million’s Poet – an Arabic-language equivalent of the Idol TV franchise – stirs up controversy as she stands for a progressive Islam.

The television show, which attracts over 70 million viewers per episode across the Arab world, is a spoken poetry competition on a flashy The Voice-like stage. A proud burqa-clad Saudi woman, Hissa Hilal started writing poetry at a young age. Her family disapproved, but after marrying (a poet), she had the freedom to develop her craft. Nevertheless, it was no small step for Hilal to take part in Million’s Poet. It wasn’t just that she was a women competing against men, and appearing in public – it was her headline- making words too, in particular her poem critical of fatwas. We get to know this brave and ‘faceless’ poet as she talks about family, Bedouin poetic tradition, and the history of the veil.

Director: Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Producer:
Andreas Wolff
World Sales:
CAT & Docs
Country: Germany
Language: Arabic; with English subtitles


** Please be advised that the short film, Daughter of the Sun will be screening before The Poetess.

Event Information

LocationCasula Powerhouse
Arts Centre
Theatre

Duration90 min

Ages15+

CostAdult: $17.50
Concession: $15


Phone02 9824 1121

Emailreception@casulapowerhouse.com

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