Film Screening & Discussion: Witness Bahrain

Thu, April 21, 2016 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present:

Witness Bahrain by Jen Marlowe

Documentary | USA | 2014 | 58 min | Arabic and English with English subtitles

For trailer, click here.

Screening followed by discussion with Director

Suggested Contribution: $10 General Admission | $5 Students & Seniors

Doors open at 6:30 pm

Witness Bahrain is an award-winning documentary film that takes an in-depth look inside the Gulf Kingdom of Bahrain two years after the the pro-democracy uprisings. Inspired by the Arab Spring revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Bahrainis took to the streets demanding political and economic reforms. Initially, the monarchy tried to accommodate some of the protesters' demands; however, events soon turned to brutal oppression resulting in the killing and injuring thousands of demonstrators and the detention of tens of thousands of political activists. The government demolished Pearl Roundabout, the symbolic home of the uprising, and enlisted a full-scale Saudi invasion to violently clamp down on the revolution. While Bahrain may not feature in the headlines today, the uprising continues with protestors still taking to the streets despite the brutal government crackdown.

Witness Bahrain emerged from an initiative of the same name, when, on the first anniversary of Bahrain’s ongoing revolution, a group of international solidarity activists entered the country to monitor and report on human rights abuses and suppression of Bahrain's pro-democracy activists.

About the Filmmaker:

Jen Marlowe is an author, documentary filmmaker and human rights and social justice activist. She is the founder of donkeysaddle projects, which uses film, writing, theatre and other artistic platforms to amplify the resilience and courage of the marginalized and oppressed. She also serves as the part-time Communications Associate for Just Vision, which uses media to support the grassroots efforts of Palestinians and Israelis working to end the occupation. Her film, One Family in Gaza (2011), profiled a family’s experience during and after the 2009 assault on the Gaza Strip and received the Audience Award at the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival in 2013. She is author of I Am Troy Davis, a book about Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis, who was executed in 2011 despite a world-wide outcry over his strong case of innocence. Marlowe is aslo co-author of The Hour of Sunlight (Nation Books, 2011), which recounts the story of Sami Al Jundi, a Palestinian man from the Old City of Jerusalem who spent ten years in Israeli prison for his resistance to the occupation as a youth and who has spent the last two decades of his life promoting nonviolence and peaceful reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. The Hour of Sunlight won the London-based Middle East Monitor’s 2012 Palestine Book Award for the best English language book about Palestine.

Nabeel Rajab is a Bahraini human rights activist and the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR). He is known for his pioneering use of social networking as an important element in human rights campaigning which has brought him into conflict with the authorities. Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Reporters Without Borders have described him as being targeted by Bahraini authorities for his human rights activities.Rajab started his human rights activity during the 1990s uprising in Bahrain before going on to become involved in campaigning on behalf of migrant workers in GCC countries. He subsequently became a leading campaigner against civil and human rights abuses in Bahrain that include torture and deaths in official custody. He has led numerous protests during the Bahraini uprising and has had many confrontations with the Bahraini authorities including spending two years in prison.


3rd i New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is curated by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media artists of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rd i NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

We thank Alwan for the Arts for hosting our monthly screenings series and to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor.


Alwan for the Arts Film Programming is made possible in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Last updated: 2016-04-12 23:46:45

Witness Bahrain, 2014
Witness Bahrain, 2014

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