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Human Rights Watch Film Festival

UK Premiere: The Poetess

+ Q&A with co-director Stefanie Brockhaus

The inspiring story of a Saudi woman who seized an opportunity, live on TV, to express her views and push for peace.

Image from UK Premiere: The Poetess + Q&A with filmmakers

Germany-United Arab Emirates 2017
Dirs Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal made headlines around the world as the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest poetry competition, Million’s Poet. This is the inspiring story of a woman seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society, religious extremism and to urge for a more peaceful Islam.

BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A.


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