1h 10m | Documentary | 12 October 2012 (USA)
“Every time 22-year-old journalist Heba Afify heads out to cover the historical events shaping her country’s future, her mother is compelled to remind her, “I know you are a journalist, but you’re still a girl!” Defying cultural norms and family expectations, Heba takes to the streets to report on an Egypt in turmoil, using tweets, texts, and Facebook posts. Her coming of age, political awakening and the disillusionment that follows, mirrors that of a nation seeking the freedom to shape its own destiny, dignity, and democracy.
Release: “Words of Witness” world premiere was with the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany on February 12, 2012. The documentary had its North American premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival, June 17, 2012. The film was also part of the 2012 Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Writer / Director: Mai Iskander
Lead: Heba Afify
Music: Barbra Cohen
Associate Producer: Birthmark Films
Best of the Festival Jury Award 2012 at the One World Film Festival Documentary Awards.
Heroine Award and Best of Human Rights Issues 2012 (winner) at the Montana Cine International Film Festival Documentary Awards.
First Amendment Award 2012 (winner) at the Santa Rosa Film Festival.