'I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced' to screen at the USA's Human Rights Film Festival

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Apr 2016

The film won the Muhr Award for Best Fiction Feature at the Dubai International Film Festival 2014

I am Nojoom
(Photo: still from 'I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced')

The award winning 'I Am Nojoom, Age 10 and Divorced' by the Yemeni director Khadija Al-Salami has been selected to screen in the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, an event which runs between 15 April and 22 April at Colorado, USA. 

The film tells the story of a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who asks a judge in Sanaa to grant her a divorce from a horrible marriage, after she was married off to prevent a public scandal after the rape of her sister.

The film is the first feature film for Yemeni director Khadija al-Salami where she tells the story of Yemen’s most famous child divorcee. But it’s also a retelling of the Paris-based filmmaker’s own life story. 

I Am Nojoom won the Muhr Award for Best Fiction Feature from Dubai International Film Festival 2014, where it had its premiere. 

ACT Human Rights Film Festival at Colorado State University is the city and state’s first-ever weeklong film festival dedicated to human rights documentary and narrative fiction cinema. It showcases 18 films that cover a spectrum of human rights issues, from hunger, homelessness and women’s rights to the fight for democracy, GLBTQ rights in Africa and art as resistance and cultural resilience.

The majority of films selected for the first ACT film festival have been produced within the last two years and are not available in wide release.

According to the organisers, the film festival is born out of expertise in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University in the area of media and visual culture. ACT, the name of the film festival, is generated from the words awaken, connect, and transform – the three main objectives of the festival. 

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