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Um Hashem's Story

Posted on April 18, 2017 in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Both travel and films can make a difference in the world. This capacity is demonstrated brilliantly in this short film, which takes us to a small village in Cairo, into the home of 52-year-old Um Hashem. She and her daughter share their story—one in which the pressure to marry young and secure financial stability is at odds with the individual desire for education and choice. Filmmaker Oliver Wilkins offers this film as part of a series of short films for and about women. I appreciate this series very much. What of ourselves can we see in others? What choices do we take for granted in our own lives, and in the lives of those close to us?

Produced by Oliver Wilkins

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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