The growing tide of testimonies on social media from women who have experienced sexual assault was the spark for a documentary film that three female students of Egypt’s Misr International University produced as their graduation project.
The film is titled “Amena,” which in Arabic conveys a sense of being safe and can also be a woman’s name. The documentary gained fame among university students before it was premiered with other graduation projects in the university’s Department of Mass Communication.
The students’ first hurdle was in getting their project approved. University administrators had told students to steer clear of the taboo trinity of politics, gender and religion.
“We told university officials that we would not be involved in harassment as an act as much as focusing on the positive support that young women find these days from community institutions to support their access to safety,” said Mariam Solika, one of the filmmakers.