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Voice of the Valley
by Leila Jarman

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Voice of the Valley tells the incredible and awe inspiring story of two Muslim Jordanian women. Asma, 26, and Munira, 25 are radio revolutionaries. Despite the government’s refusal to issue them a license, and with no formal journalistic training, they produce and broadcast a groundbreaking social and political radio program called “Voice of the Valley.” The film takes a closer look at the professional lives of Asma and Munira and exposes the many issues that negatively affect the inhabitants of the Jordan Valley, a severely neglected agricultural region. By doing so, the film seeks to melt away the common Western misconception of Middle Eastern Muslim women as a voiceless and inactive minority in a male-dominated society. Furthermore, it aims to foster an attitude of respect for women in the Middle East who make risky efforts to promote gender equality and social change.

This film strives to highlight the detrimental problems facing the men, women and children living in the Jordan Valley; problems which have not been addressed by governmental officials in Amman.  By exposing these issues, the film is a voice for the voiceless. Finally, this film aims to bridge the ever-widening gap between the Middle East and the West at a time when it is needed most.

Please check out our website at: www.voiceofthevalleydoc.com


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts