Women to Women- Ta’a Marboutah is a one year project that aims to empower, train, and build capacity of women filmmakers in the MENA region toward creating more gender sensitive, responsive and aware media. The process included round table discussions with senior artists in the region, online circulation for consultations to a wide base network of stakeholders and partners, research of previous works, a draft guideline/manifesto, as well as focused training for a group of early and mid-career women filmmakers from Lebanon and Jordan. Karama 2018 will host a Women to Women mini conference with the participation of prominent female workers in the audiovisual field. The mini conference action will work toward finalizing and ratifying the project’s manifesto.

Photo of the first roundtable Oct. 2019
  1. Art has no gender and no sex- it is a question of justice and authentic representation
  2. Seeking a gender balance in the working teams and regarding decision making posts
  3. The women’s right to be judged on a merit basis, and her right to reach jobs and posts
  4. Seeking female equality with regards to salaries and bonuses- these tenants must exist in the legal contacts
  5. The burden of responsibility also falls on the working women in AV for enhancing the representations, images and narratives of women in their work.
  6. The freedom of the woman/Artist to choose the content, style and narrative they see fit, and a respect for this freedom of choice
  7. Seeking methods and forms of networking and solidarity of workers in the AV industry, with a focus on including men
  8. The right of the female artist to experience her artistic adventure, regardless of the consequences?
  9. Maintaining the safety and security of characters in documentary films, and standing against financial insentivization that puts them in danger.
  10. Working towards including mental health professionals and case workers when working on social documentaries that have a traumatic nature, in hopes of tending to open wounds instead of exasperating them.
  11. Searching for, and at times creating, new audiences, in hopes of cultivating awareness and networks (universities, schools, film clubs)
  12. challenging and breaking through taboos and self-censorship, along with external chains and limitations
  13. Activating the authority of urban civil movements as opposed to religious, tribal and political authorities.
  1. Aiming for representations of women that are agential and actively participating in the narrative.
  2. Consolidating and representing the role of modern and progressive women on screen.
  3. Breaking the stereotypical image of the women and focus on her humanity and nuances, regardless of the connotation – whilst avoiding the turning of the concept on itself and creating new types of stereotyping and censorship
  4. Cultivating a positive and affirmative culture towards the freedom of women in their bodies, and the freedom to reveal their bodies.
  5. Working with the frameworks of culture, gender and cultural heritage as one, in order to interrogate them and work with them in a constructive manner.
  6. Representing the role of women and men within frameworks of civil mobilization and polemic social issues
  7. Refusal of visual and ageist stereotyping in artistic representation.
  8. Working on research that is aware and sensitive of the role of women in media; TV and film- especially with her role as an actress.
  9. Working towards positive and life affirmative representations, breaking the mold of victimhood and passiveness.
  10. Moving away from stereotyping – and stereotyping within stereotyping
  11. Focusing on artistic, creative and technical aspects of the projects, and not solely relying on good content.
  12. Bad products are the demise of the humanity of characters and narratives, and works to reinforce stereotyping.
A project by: Ma3mal612 Think Factory in Amman in collaboration with UMAM Research and Development, Beirut. Funded by SouthMed WiA, co-funded by the European Union under the Med Film regional program.