Monday, June 15, 2015

No Land's Song a documentary about letting women's voices be heard again in Persian music despite the ban by the Religious State @ Human Rights Watch Fest NYC

No Land's Song  a documentary about letting women's voices be heard again in Persian music despite the ban by the Religious State

Ayat Najafi' No Land's Song had its  US premiere at the  the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater during the Human Rights Watch FIlm Festival 2015 .. Sara Najafi',  an Iranian composer wanted to make a concert featuring women soloists .This is banned by the religious run government,  The documentary traces her three year fight with all its up and downs including recruiting women outside of Iran to sing it is a remarkable story of consistency and persistence.and of building community. and  With the victory of the 1979 revolution  a religious state has been in control of Iran. They banned women soloist form singing despite centuries of participation in Persian music . Iranian composer Sara Najafi  wanted to put on a concert where women soloists would perform. She persisted in her commitment despite negative response for religious clerics and government officials .. She found a  well known french "Chanson" singer Elise Caron , the  actress and composer Jeanne Cherhar  and a]Tunisian singer  Emel Mathlouthi and french male musicians to agreed to come to Iran and do a public performance. Sara enlisted her brother then living in berlin to document the project. Art  triumphs political and religious women's voices are again heard live on stage in a public performance in Tehran  Here is the post screening Q&A

one of its featured musician, Emel Mathlouthi, made a surprise appearance and thrilled the audience the beautiful song

HRW2015 No Land's Song surprise guest Emel Mathlouthi thrills audience wiht live song at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater .. Sara Najaf..

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