Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights – November 14-18, 2017

We shined a spotlight on the issues of women’s empowerment and human rights by hosting a series of events, including film, dance, discussion, and workshops. Two of these events are described below.


The Tent Village is a collaborative film created by Nilima Abrams and four teenagers in India. The film was a wonderful “accident” that arose out of a Fulbright project and has been screened nationally on PBS and at festivals throughout the US and abroad. The Tent Village is about roadside tent-dwellers who pick through recycling or sell garbage to survive. The Indian collaborators’ unique perspective, slowly revealed throughout the film, is that they are from the “Tent Village.” The Tent Village was screened at the Loft Film Festival on Tuesday, November 13, 2017. The trailer is available at https://vimeo.com/143208687


On Nov. 17, 2017, Dipti Mehta performed her one-woman play, Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. It raised awareness and broke down the social stigma that has surrounded sex workers. Mehta, who received her Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona in 2006, works in New York City doing medical research. She is also an internationally known actress, playwright, and voice personality who has received numerous prestigious awards.