Diverse Muslim Voices Screening of Solar Mamas

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January 30, 2013
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Video Description

Solar Mamas

Rafea is 30 years old with four children and a husband who is eager to take a third wife. She is a Bedouin woman living in a small Jordanian village close to the desert. With encouragement from the country's Ministry of Environment, she leaves her village for the first time to go to the Barefoot College in India to train to become a solar-energy engineer.

56min 46sec



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    Claire Naber Matalqa


    In 2006 Claire was hired as Project Manager to set up Jordan’s first graduate film school, RSICA (The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts), in collaboration with the USC School of Cinematic Arts in California. The MFA in Cinematic Arts was the first of its kind in the Middle East, and has since graduated four classes of men and women from across the MENA region, who are currently working in the film and media industry. Claire’s MFA background in Creative Writing and work within the field of film education inspired a passion for screenwriting and producing. Claire’s first feature script Yasmeen went on to win the Grand Prize for Development at the Dubai International Film Festival’s film market in 2009, and was also shortlisted for the final round of entry to the Rawi/Sundance Middle East Screenwriter’s Lab in Jordan in 2010. She is currently working on the development of an original television series for the Middle East as a writer and producer, as well as writing a second feature script. She’s also in post-production on Strangely in Love, a film she co-produced with her husband Writer/Director Amin Matalqa, starring Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

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