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Witness Bahrain honored with Audience Award at STIFF

Dear friends,

What a weekend.

Witness Bahrain premiered at the Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival to two sold-out audiences.

–Charles Mudede of The Stranger (Seattle’s preeminent alternative weekly newspaper called it “one of the best documentaries I have seen this year” and said the film is “fearless, insightful, and has a big heart for those who are in this long but beautiful struggle.” (Full review below.)

–Before both screenings, we hosted a photo exhibit of Bahraini child prisoners, courtesy of Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain. And, a lively discussion/Q&A was held after both screenings with Witness Bahrain Co-Producer Nada Alwadi, Director/Producer Jen Marlowe and donkeysaddle projects Project Manager Amer Shurrab.

–Mike McCormick interviewed Nada Alwadi and Jen Marlowe about the film and the freedom struggle in Bahrain on KEXP’s Mind Over Matter. (Link to interview here.)

Hedgebrook hosted a Tweet Chat about the film, and about Bahrain with Nada and Jen. You can read the transcript here.

–And, to top it all off–Witness Bahrain received the Audience Award at STIFF.

It is tremendously exciting that Witness Bahrain was recognized with this award right out the gate.  But, the credit for this award goes to the audience. We are so moved by how many of you came out, supported, and showed enthusiasm for this film and, most importantly, for the struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights in Bahrain.

We hope that many many more of you will have the opportunity to see the film in the months to come. If you want to help organize a community screening, please contact Amer Shurrab. And, you can support the film’s ability to screen world-wide by clicking here.

In solidarity, and with gratitude,
Jen Marlowe, Director/Producer, Witness Bahrain
Amer Shurrab, Project Manager, donkeysaddle projects

Twitter: @donkeysaddleorg
Blog: View from the donkey’s saddle

Photo 1: Review of Witness Bahrain in The Stranger
Photo 2: Amer, Jen and Nada after the premiere at STIFF



Filed under Bahrain, Human Rights

Amer Shurrab joining the “Saddle!”

Dear friends,

It is with great excitement that I welcome Amer Shurrab as the new Project Manager for donkeysaddle projects.

Amer’s first official day was Monday–and he has already jumped in with both feet, taking on the many-pronged responsibility of maximizing our projects’ impact and reach.

Amer brings to this work expertise from his recently completed MA degree in International Policy Studies and his MBA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.  He brings his passion when he speaks publicly about the devastation his family experienced (two of his brothers were killed during the 2008/9 attack on Gaza, and four of his cousins during the 2014 Gaza war) and about the ongoing violations caused by occupation and siege.

Most importantly, Amer brings to donkeysaddle projects his deep commitment to human rights, to social justice, and to the principles of equality and human dignity. These principles are at the core of why we do our work, how we do our work, and the world that donkeysaddle projects is trying to build.

Will you join me in welcoming Amer to donkeysaddle projects by making an online $10 monthly donation in his honor, or, a one-time $25 donation? (Or, to send a check, click here.)

Your gift will enable Amer to start his work knowing that his vision of a world where everyone’s dignity and everyone’s rights are accorded equal importance is a vision that we all share.

Welcome aboard the saddle, Amer!  

With excitement,

Jen Marlowe
Photo: Jen Marlowe & Amer Shurrab on a ferry heading to Whidbey Island, WA to show a film and speak about Gaza in July, 2014.


Filed under Gaza, Human Rights