The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, in conjunction with Empower Women Media and Women’s Voices Now, will present the WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM Film Festival highlighting short films addressing women’s rights through the lens of Iranian and Farsi-speaking women filmmakers to support pluralism and democracy.
The WOMEN LIFE FREEDOM Film Festival panel discussions are aimed to raise awareness of the human rights issues faced by women in Iran and other parts of the world. The panelists will include Iranian filmmakers, advocates, and experts in the Iranian diaspora who will shine a light on the Iran Freedom Movement, focusing on human rights and democratic change.
The event will take place on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, adjacent to the West Hollywood Library. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and opening remarks will take place at 6 p.m., the film screening will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is required at http://go.weho.org/hrss.
The eruption of nationwide protests in the Islamic Republic of Iran began on September 17, 2022 in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Mahsa, from the Kurdish minority, was detained by law enforcement for allegedly failing to adhere to hijab (headscarf) rules and died three days later while in custody. The main slogan of protesters is a call for women’s equality and a stance against religious fundamentalism: “Woman, Life, Freedom.”
The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.
For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss.