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Library Events & Outreach, 2020-2021

2021 Film Festival - Vital Voices: Transformative Stories

Vital Voices: Transformative Stories of Middle Eastern Women

April 29th - 5:00 p.m.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this year's film festival will take place virtually. To register, please click the Register now button.



The Judge


The Judge offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight foTHE JUDGEr justice for women, and her drop-in visits with clients, friends, and family. With unparalleled access to the courts, THE JUDGE presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, the film illuminates some of the universal conflicts in the domestic life of Palestine—custody of children, divorce, abuse—while offering an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a.

Directed by Erica Cohn

Co-Produced and Edited by Sara Maamouri

About the Film

Watch Trailer

Discussion Guide  

We Are Not Princesses                             


We Are Not Princesses is a documentary film WE ARE N9T PRINCESSES about the incredible strength and spirit of four Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut as they come together to tell their stories of love, loss, pain and hope through the ancient Greek play, Antigone.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Co-Directed by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam     

Co-Produced and Edited by Sara Maamouri   

About the Film   

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5:00 p.m. - Film Screening - The Judge

6:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion including

  • Co-Producer | Editor of both films, Sara Maamouri
  • Student and Community voices from the Muslim diaspora
  • Faculty Moderator and filmmaker Tamara Perkins

7:30 p.m. - Film Screening - We Are Not Princesses

9:00 p.m. - “Meet the Filmmaker” Reception



Sara Maamouri, Co-Producer and Editor, and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and editor

Tamara Perkins, MFA, Faculty Moderator, and award-winning filmmaker

Kathy Zarur, PhD, Art History Professor Skyline College and curator

Mahsa Tavakkoli, Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) Instructor



Umaima Ejaz, Skyline Student and Editor-in-Chief, Skyline View

Hajer Mkawer, CSM Student and President of CSM Muslim Student Association

Stories of Transformation Film Festival

The “Stories of Transformation” Film Festival provides a forum to celebrate our Skyline College community’s rich cultural diversity as well as our district’s diverse student enrollment and discuss important issues of diversity, equity and inclusion that promote a shared humanity. 

The annual event is designed to foster an open and inclusive campus by sharing films that spotlight the strength and spirit of diverse groups and individuals from the around the world who have experienced their own transformative journeys. We will use art as springboard for exploring social justice issues in a safe space that encourages honest discourse.

We are excited to share stories that reflect the ideas of discovery, innovation, and change that are integral to stories of transformation. 

Stories of Transformation is funded through the generosity of the San Mateo Community College District EEOC Diversity Project Grant.