The World Premiere of Witness Bahrain at Seattle’s Transmedia and Independent Film Festival is just a week away, and I am so looking forward to sharing the film with you!
Here are some exciting updates about the premiere:
–The first screening sold out days after tickets went on sale, and the second screening that was added (Friday May 8, 6pm at the Lucid Lounge) is on its way to selling out as well! DON’T WAIT! BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!
—The Seattle Times AND the Seattle Weekly named Witness Bahrain as one of the highlights of the STIFF Festival!
—Nada Alwadi, Bahraini journalist and co-producer of Witness Bahrain, will be at the premiere, and joining me for the post-screening Q&A. Nada was arrested by the Bahraini regime shortly after the uprising and had to flee the country. This will be a rare opportunity to hear directly from a Bahraini about the uprising and the subsequent repression.
—Amer Shurrab, the new Project Manager at donkeysaddle projects will be at the premiere as well. I am delighted to be able to introduce Amer to donkeysaddle projects‘ Seattle community, and for you to hear a bit from him about what donkeysaddle projects has planned in the coming months.
–A moving exhibit of letters from children prisoners in Bahrain, along with their photographs, will be displayed in the lobby of the cinemas, courtesy of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain.
I’m so glad that Witness Bahrain is going to be shared with you. Nabeel Rajab, a prominent Bahraini human rights advocate who is featured in the film, was recently re-arrested by the Bahraini regime and faces an unknown amount of time back in prison. Nabeel’s arrest underscores the importance and timeliness of this film. I hope Witness Bahrain will draw some critically needed attention to the ongoing repression taking place in this small Gulf nation, home of the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet—repression that the U.S. government is tacitly supporting.
See you at the premiere!
Thurs May 7 at 8:00pm (sold out)
The Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 NE 50th St. Seattle, WA 98105
(PS–If you have tickets for the Thurs screening but would rather go Friday, or vice versa, email me ASAP. I may be able to facilitate some sort of exchange.)
Fri May 8 at 6:00pm (less than 20 tickets left)
Lucid Lounge, 5241 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
About the film:
Witness Bahrain is a piercing look into Bahrain two years after the Arab Spring, and documents a reality that is as relevant (and as under-covered) today as when filmmaker Jen Marlowe was shooting the film. The film uncovers stories of doctors arrested and tortured for treating wounded protesters, nurses caring for injured youth at underground clinics, and children who were killed or arrested by riot police. Marlowe also filmed while hiding upstairs in the home of prominent human rights defender Nabeel Rajab as the police came to take him to prison because of Tweets he sent that the regime objected to. (Rajab was just re-arrested weeks ago, again for his Tweets.)
The government of Bahrain is denying entry to all but a few journalists and human rights defenders, so Marlowe had to enter the country under false pretenses and film clandestinely, and was ultimately deported by the Bahraini regime. The result is a one-hour documentary film cut from guerrilla style footage shot with a small, hand held camera, capturing the most intimate, in-depth portrayal of the Bahraini government’s violent repression of Bahrain’s pro-democracy movement to date.
Film trailer available here: https://vimeo.com/124181698
Witness Bahrain is produced by donkeysaddle projects, and co-sponsored by the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Donkeysaddle projects is partnering with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain to promote the film.