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Rafea: Solar Mama


Tue 26 Feb 2013, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: Bella Union Bar, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission (concession presale +bf): $7.00
  • General Admission (presale +bf): $10.00
  • General Admission (at door): $15.00
  • General Admission (concession at door): $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: angiemuccillo

Arts in Action in partnership with Do Good Radio and the Transitions Film Festival presents a screening of Rafea: Solar Mama, a riveting film directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, about a Bedouin woman’s journey to become a solar engineer, power her village and re-wire the minds of her traditional Bedouin community. Rafea, is one of two women from Jordan chosen to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters. But can she overcome all the obstacles that stand in her way?

This film not only highlights the importance of using sustainable energy to improve conditions for the rural poor, but also argues the importance of providing education to women who are purposely selected for the program because they are the ones invested to stay and improve the conditions of their communities.

Special Guests: Post screening we’ll be presenting two special pre-recorded interviews hosted by Do Good Radio’s Tania Sernia. The first is an interview with film director Mona Eldaief who will be giving us an update on the film’s central character, Rafea, on the daily challenges she faces as Jordan’s first solar engineer. The second is an interview with Barefoot College’s inspiring Founder Bunker Roy and Senior Advisor Meagan Carnahan.

Winner of the DOC NYC Sundance NOW Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize in the Viewfinders Competition.