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Library Events & Outreach, 2020-2021

Film Festival: Stories of Tranformation

Stories of Transformation annual film festival beginning Spring 2021. This film festival is sponsored by SMCCD EEOC Diversity Project grant. The theme for this year’s Stories of Transformation film festival is “Vital Voices - Transformative Stories of Middle Eastern Women” and it will take place virtually on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 5:00 – 9:30 pm.

On ZOOM (using the OVEE Streaming Platform)

available following the event on Panopto


Sponsored by the San Mateo Community College District EEOC Diversity Project Grant


We Are Not Princesses is a documentary film 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.  

About the Film       

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The Judge offers a unique portrait of Judge Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her tireless fight for justice for women, and presents an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. In the process, this offers an unvarnished look at life for women and Shari’a. 

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



Tamara Perkins is an award-winning filmmaker and changemaker focused on documentaries that inspire transformative change through dialogue, healing and advocacy. Pulling from her work in restorative justice as a grief support facilitator, speaker and nonprofit director, she founded Apple of Discord Productions in 2006. Connecting media, activism and healing, she developed programs such as the Wisdom Project and San Quentin Media Project, which trained at-risk youth and incarcerated men in filmmaking as a tool for transformation.

Tamara’s film Life After Life (2018) began in her yoga class inside San Quentin State Prison when the men asked her to tell their story and continues to be a catalyst for learning and advocacy nationally. As a crime survivor and justice impacted family member, this film is both especially meaningful and provides an often-overlooked proximity to storytelling. Her upcoming films, Clarissa’s Battle and Rebound, were each similarly inspired by a personal connection to the subject matter.

We would like to invite you and your students to our film festival and encourage you to offer your students extra credit for attending the festival. If you would like to discuss how you could incorporate the film festival experience within the context of your course or if you would like to offer extra credit, or have any questions about the festival, please let us know. The contact information of the Stories of Transformation film festival committee members is given below. We look forward to hearing from you.

“Stories of Transformation” Film Festival Committee

Tamara Perkins – Filmmaker & Skyline College Film Instructor (

Chris Burwell-Woo – Skyline College Program Services Coordinator, SS/CA Division (

Clair Yeo-Sugajski – Skyline College International Student Club Advisor (

Pia Walawalkar – Skyline College Outreach & Equity Librarian (