My friend Salim Mansur is part of a group of friends who are hosting/sponsoring a showing of a documentary, Honor Diaries, on Friday, May 29th at the Wolf Performance Hall, 6:30 - 8:30pm. He has written to me,
The showing of this documentary about the status of women in the Arab-Muslim world -- the misogyny, the persecution and abuse of women -- has brought the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and other Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) related Islamist organizations to mount their offensive to stop public showing of this documentary....They succeeded in forcing the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois to withdraw the screening of the documentary. At Brandeis University these organizations forced the university administration to dis-invite Ayaan Hirsi Ali and withdraw the presentation of an honorary degree that had already been publicly announced. ...It will be shown at the Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.The date and time are: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Please come out and see this documentary, and support the struggle against honour-killings, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and women sold into slavery, as we now witness the horror of kidnapping of young girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram and their being sold into slavery.At least one of the women in the documentary, Raheel Raza, will be among us. ... Raheel has very bravely agreed to engage in a Q & A following the showing of the documentary with the audience members.It cannot be emphasized how important this documentary is in bringing to the North American public the awful reality of gender exclusion and gender oppression in the Arab-Muslim world, and equally important to screen it in public despite the opposition and the equally awful silence of the mainstream media on the subject and the effort mounted to prevent public screening of "Honor Diaries."
Quite frankly, I would love to hear the feedback about this film from all the people in Regina who gave Salim such a hard time while he was there a few years ago.