Sunday | 15.09.19

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49% Festival

Women are the disruptors of their societies and the agents of social change. While women are 49% of the population they are only:
• 32% of national parliamentarians worldwide
• 4.8% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies
• less than 30% of researchers worldwide
• 24% of protagonists in Hollywood films
• 24% of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news
We believe that women must tell their stories in order for the status quo to change. The festival will feature powerful and engaging stories about women, their struggles, and successes. Activists and filmmakers from all over the world will be invited to Jerusalem to share their films and campaigns. For many, it will be their first trip to Jerusalem and an opportunity to witness and participate in the city’s diverse and tolerant cultural landscape. 
The 49% Film Festival hopes to create a sustainable community. It is the flagship program of a new organization (The 49%) whose mission is to develop, advance, and promote women’s stories through film and media. We want to advance global women's rights by creating culture shifts through sharing women's stories and voices. Our goal is to have at least one festival per year in diverse communities. The Jerusalem festival is our inaugural event.

This event was made possible through the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation’s Grassroots Events program.


Following the screening, a conversation with director Rana Abu Fraiha

In Her Footsteps

Dir.: Rana Abu Fraiha
| 70 minutes

My mother's last wish was to be buried as a Muslim in Omer, our Jewish hometown, where she lived for 20 years. I accompany my mother on her last journey that forces the entire family to deal with dilemmas and loss.

Prior to the screening, opening remarks by director Rachel Elitzur (in Heb.). Following the screening, panel with director Sharine A. Mohamed and Alexandra Gordon, managing director of Matter Unlimited, NY

The Youngest + His Cucumber + The Cruel Cut

68 minutes

The Youngest Leah is ready for love, but her mother seems unwilling to let her go | His Cucumber An Egyptian woman shares her story about a man who sexually harasses her while at the market | The Cruel Cut Leyla Hussein, a victim of female genital mutilation, is running a wide campaign to end this phenomenon in the UK 

Following the screening, panel discussion with Paula Kweskin Weiss, human rights lawyer, filmmaker, founder of 49% Festival, Raheel Raza, Pakistani-Canadian women’s rights activist, Fainy Sukenik, Haredi feminist activist


Dir.: Afia Nathaniel
| 93 minutes

In the mountains of Pakistan, a mother and her 10-year-old daughter flee their home on the eve of the girl’s marriage to a tribal leader. The vistas of Pakistan’s mountains are the backdrop for this family drama, which boasts elements of the melodrama and the thriller. 

Preview Screening

Following the screening, a conversation (in Heb.) with director Michal Aviad. Moderated by director Netalie Braun

Working Woman

Dir.: Michal Aviad
| 93 minutes

Orna, an ambitious young mother, aspires to succeed at her new job without paying the price that her boss demands. When her world is finally shattered, she must pull herself together to fight, in her own way, for her job and a sense of self-worth.