Women, Life, Freedom Los Angeles, November 28, 2023 6:00-9:00 p.m.




Women, Life, Freedom Los Angeles



The City of West Hollywood, Women’s Voices Now (WVN), and Empower Women Media (EWM) are proud to co-host the Women, Life, Freedom Film Festival, highlighting short films by Iranians and Farsi speakers to support pluralism and democracy, through the lens of women filmmakers. The event is scheduled to take place on November 28, 2023, in West Hollywood at City Hall.

This film festival will include short films, expert speakers, panels, practical tools and networking. The short films represent a collective effort to support the freedom movement underway for women’s rights and democratic change.

Government, business, academic, media, NGO, and faith leaders are invited. The event is free for registered guests.

Special thanks to Lisa Daftari (Foreign Desk), Manel Mslami (EU International Advisor For Minorities) and Shervin Abachi (malbachi.com) for their support to help make the event a success.


Loureen Ayooub
Multimedia Journalist, Spectrum News
Shirin Taber
Executive Director, Empower Women Media
Lisa Daftari
Editor in Chief, The Foreign Desk
Soraya Deen
Founder, Muslim Women Speakers
Erica Kasraie
Persian Coordinator, Empower Women Media


Dilpak Megeed (Iraq)

Grand Prize Winner

Strength Despite Everything
In this observational documentary, Eman Abdullah, a Yazidi survivor of kidnapping by ISIS, fights to empower women and bring justice to her community.
$3,000 Prize

Azadeh Nikzadeh (Iran)

First Runner-Up

‘Unity’ is a poignant call for all supporters of democratic change in Iran to unite and work together, despite our differences.

Paula Kweskin (USA)

Second Runner-Up

Samira’s Camera
A young filmmaker uprooted from her home by the Taliban travels the streets of Kabul capturing stories most are too frightened to tell.

For questions, contact shirin@empowerwomen.media

November 28, 2023

6:00-9:00 p.m.

625 N. San Vincent Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069



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