Human Rights Student Film Series: "Bahrain - Shouting in the Dark"

Firday, October 26, 2012
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Weil Town Hall (Belfer Building, ground floor)

Screening and Discussion of:
"Bahrain - Shouting in the Dark"

with guest speakers:

Hadyah M. Fathalla, Matar Ebrahim Matar and Nada Alwadi

moderated by:

Charlie Clements
Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy


About the guest speakers: 

Matar Ebrahim Matar - Matar Ebrahim Matar is a former member of parliament representing Al Wefaq, the opposition party in Bahrain. Along with 17 other opposition MPs, he resigned in protest against government crackdowns on demonstrators in early 2011. Following his resignation from Parliament, Matar was detained for three months and prosecuted for taking part in "unlawful" anti-government protests. Matar was eventually acquitted, and no government officials have yet been held accountable for his ill-treatment in prison. Matar supports a gradual transition to democracy in Bahrain with a clear road map facilitated by regional and international actors.

Nada Alwadi - Nada Alwadi is a Bahraini journalist, writer and researcher. She has been working in print media since 2003 covering politics and human rights issues in Bahrain and the Middle East. She holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on women's political empowerment in the media. She was a Humphrey/Fulbright fellow at the school of journalism in the University of Maryland. Alwadi covered the recent crackdown in Bahrain for several international media outlets including USA Today.
In 2011, she was one of the recipients for the first James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Alwadi co-founded the Bahraini Press Association with other prominent Bahraini journalists last year. This Association focuses on defending local and international journalists who have been attacked or targeted by the Bahraini authorities.

Hadyah M. Fathalla is a second year MPA candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School, concentrating on International Global Affairs with a specific interest in international security and counter terrorism. She served as the US Embassy’s senior political specialist in her native Bahrain before pursuing an MA in War Studies from King’s College in London in 2006. Fathalla’s research focused on profiling sunni jihadists and Al Qaeda operatives in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where she conducted fieldwork research and case studies in the Capital Riyadh. Since 2009 she has served as a leading security expert in Bahrain, advising a number of government agencies on topics including religious extremism, terrorism and insurgency, among other national and regional security threats and challenges. Fathalla has contributed to a number of international security conferences including the Counter-Terrorism International Conference organized by Victoria Police and Monash University in Australia and the Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security in 2007.

About the documentary:

Shouting in the Dark was written, directed and shot undercover in Bahrain by Al Jazeera journalist and filmmaker May Ying Welsh. It takes us through the Bahraini uprising (2011–present). The film was first aired on 4 August 2011, featuring footage recorded during protests and police crackdowns, interviews with activists and physicians as well as footage aired by Bahraini TV.

In four days, the documentary received almost 200,000 views on YouTube. Among various awards won, the latest is the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for international television, and was described by Mrs. Ethel Kennedy as "a heartbreaking and jaw dropping work demanding attention".

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