Heiny Srour, a London-based Lebanese filmmaker who was the first Arab woman to have a film—Saat el Fahrir Dakkat (The Hour of Liberation, Lebanon, 1974)—selected for the Cannes Film Festival; Salma Baccar, a Tunisian director; and Magda Wassef, an Egyptian film historian, issued this manifesto on the plight of women and women filmmakers in Arab countries in the late 1970s. They called for support and funds for women filmmakers in the face of rampant patriarchal systems of representations in the cinema that were rampant on both the left and right.


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