VIFF 2019: We Are Not Princesses

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 18:15

"Each of us has a moment of rebellion that we cannot express," says Syrian refugee Mona F. Filmed in Beirut, Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam’s We Are Not Princesses follows a group of exiled Syrian women who are emboldened to share their own tales of oppression and profound tragedy as they rehearse for a one-of-a-kind staging of Antigone, the ancient Greek play about the rebel princess who buries her treasonous brother, defying the King’s laws.

This heartfelt documentary is bolstered by poignant animated sequences that incorporate the voices of women whose families forbade them from appearing on-screen. Mona discusses her intense resolve to transport her sick child to the hospital through falling bombs. Zayna recalls her husband confining her to the house for losing her headscarf. Fedwa breaks down while describing a photo of her murdered son, whose body she could not retrieve. Israa’s rap song about escaping a siege in high heels is enthralling. Whether they’re rehearsing lines or gossiping over coffee, the subjects’ tenderness, wit, and wisdom shine through. This is a powerful and complex work that also manages to be deeply satisfying.

rabble.ca is pleased to be a community partner of this film's screening.  It will also be screening on October 4th. More information here.

SFU GoldCorp
149 W Hastings St
Vancouver
Canada
CA

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.

Comments

We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:

Do

  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.

Don't

  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.