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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


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3 years ago today: Popular uprising in Bahrain

Today marks the 3-year anniversary of the popular uprising in Bahrain, led by pro-democracy and human rights activists in the small Gulf Island Nation.

The uprising was brutally suppressed by the Saudi and U.S. backed Bahraini monarchy, a reality I became all-too-personally acquainted with during my 3 weeks in Bahrain during the summer of 2012, embedded with the activists who continued to find ways to nonviolently call for democracy and human rights.

To mark the three-year anniversary of uprising, I am re-posting here some of what I wrote during and about my time in Bahrain:

Women Join Bahrain’s Uprising

The Progressive, November, 2012

Terror and Teargas on the Streets of Bahrain
Tomdispatch.com, September 18, 2012

Bahrain Imprisons Human Rights Leader
The Progressive, August 17, 2012

Stitching Up Our Injured Children
Witness Bahrain, July 13, 2012

The Last Tweets Before Prison: Interview with Nabeel Rajab
Witness Bahrain, July 10th, 2012

Ali’s Unused Camera
Witness Bahrain, July 7, 2012

I join my voice with the Bahraini people in their call for self-determination, and I wish them continued Sumoud (or, endurance) in their pursuit of it.

In solidarity,

Jen Marlowe


The father of Ali Jawad al-Sheikh, sitting at the grave of his 14-year old son, killed by riot police in Bahrain.


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