MOT hosts Out of Silence: Readings from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Monday, March 8, 2010


On March 8th and in celebration of International Women’s Day, Hollywood organizations are sponsoring at the MOT a theatrically staged program of powerful essays and poems written by emerging Afghan women writers, who often face estrangement, beatings, and even death for creatively expressing themselves through the written word. Featuring Jennifer Beals, Conchata Ferrell, Marcia Wallace, Jodi Long, Summer Bishil, Nichell Nichols, Bahar Sommekh, Nadia Bjorlin and Teal Sherer. Novelist Masha Hamilton started the Afghan Women's Writing Project (AWWP) in 2009, in response to the plight of Afghan women and the repressive conditions that silence their voices and their stories. AWWP has more than 50 women journalists, novelists, poets, memoirists and screenwriters mentoring and teaching Afghan women writers through secure, internet‐based classrooms. Sponsoring organizations for this event include the Museum of Tolerance, the Producers Guild of America Women in Film – International Committee, Steakhaus Productions, AWWP, and the Women’s Committees of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild and the Writers Guild of America, West.






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