Refea: Solar Mamas

Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim

USA / Denmark / England, 2012.

The film was also one of the most popular among the public, taking 6th place among the Top 20 films nominated for the Audience Award. It participated in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary and was one of the features in the ‘Why Poverty?’ program.

Rafea: Solar Mamas directed by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim won the Oxfam Novib Award at IDFA last November. The film was also one of the most popular among the public, taking 6th place among the Top 20 films nominated for the Audience Award. It participated in the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary and was one of the features in the ‘Why Poverty?’ program.

This is the story of Rafea, a Bedouin woman who lives in a small village in Jordan. She is the mother of four children, unable to read or write, and the second wife of a husband on whom she depends financially. But she has been given a once in a lifetime opportunity and she takes it immediately. When one of the two women from her community withdraws from going to the Barefoot College in India, Rafea volunteers to replace her. She packs her things and leaves the next day.

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