Arab & Israeli Women in Film & TV Unite for ‘Stand Up 4 Her’
Women Creating Change (WCC), which is fiscally sponsored by Women’s Voices Now and in partnership with Women In Film, Alliance of Women Directors, New Filmmakers LA, Film Fatales, and Women In Media, is launching its 2nd annual charity event, Stand Up 4 Her, being held on November 17th in Santa Monica, California.
The evening hosted by Reem Edan and Gal Macadar, is set to feature powerful performances by renowned female comedians, poets, storytellers, artists, performers, and musicians from Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Morocco, Palestine, and Israel, who will bridge cultural divides by celebrating diversity on stage. In addition to the performances, WCC will present a special artwork sale and exhibition, authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from Chef Oshri Vaknin and hosted cocktail reception sponsored by Stella Artois and Dulce Vida. All proceeds from the evening will benefit WCC programs for female filmmakers.
“Women Creating Change was founded by female filmmakers and artists from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), who seek to inspire change and bridge cultural divides,” – stated WCC Founder, Lee Broda. “I am excited to help celebrate these talented female storytellers at this year’s event, Stand Up 4 Her, as we continue to strive to create a space for peaceful co-existence and honest, substantive dialogue around today’s issues.”
The glamorous and star-studded Stand Up 4 Her evening will feature comedians Crystal Marie Denha, Melissa Shoshahi, Noam Shuster, Nina Kharoufeh, Natalie Marciano, Zain Shami, and Mona Shaikh, with featured poets Shelly Skandrani, Salma El- Wardany, and Lee Broda, and storyteller Ayser Salman. There will also be an exhibit showing the original artwork of Fadia Afashe (Syria), Pooneh Rafsha (Iran), Tasneem Rahman (Pakistan), and Ilanit Maghen (Israel), curated by Lauren Annette Schoth.
Attending guests will be treated to a special musical performance by Inbar Starr and beats from DJ Karina Kay during the dessert reception hosted by The Baklava Factory and Mamilla Restaurant.
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Women Creating Change (WCC) is an organization that envisions an empowered and diverse female community rooted in creative collaborative dialogue with the mission to advance and unite women in Film and TV from the Middle East and North Africa. www.womencreatingchange.com.