India Premiere of 'Salaam Dunk' - Mumbai Screening
Salaam Dunk is the winner of the Gold Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival 2011; the Grand Jury Award, Florida Film Festival 2012; and the Grand Jury Award, Nashville Film Festival 2012.
Join us for the India premiere (Mumbai screening) of Salaam Dunk with Ryan Bubalo, founder and coach, women's basketball team American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) and Sana Ghazi, Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Mumbai.
About Salaam Dunk
Salaam Dunk is a documentary about a women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS). These women come from all over Iraq to study at AUIS and many cannot even tell family that they attend an American university. Through traditional interviews and private confessional video diaries, Salaam Dunk follows the ethnically diverse AUIS women's basketball team as they discover what it means to be athletes. From the joy of their first win to the pain of losing the coach who started their team, the film gives a glimpse into an Iraq we don't see. Salaam Dunk is directed by David Fine.
Ryan Bubalo founded and coached the women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) while serving as an English instructor at AUIS. He has also taught English at the University of Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Creative Writing and then gained his Master of Fine Art degree from Mississippi.
Sana Ghazi is a Research Fellow at Observer Research Foundation in Mumbai and is working on an analysis on the nuclear issue in Iran. She has previously served as an Adjunct professor at Utica College, New York and is interested in the analysis of social issues with gender and development lens and democratization, among other topics.
This programme is part of our Women of Asia series, which promotes the collaboration and leadership of accomplished women through a range of informative and network building forums that facilitate the sharing of best practices, critical issues and personal experiences. Other programmes under this series include a roundtable on women and leadership with Hong Kong's Secretary for Development Carrie Lam, and the India premiere of the 2012 Oscar-winning film Saving Face. Our series of International Women's Day events has included a discussion on Violence and Women: The Way Forward.
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