Rafea: Solar Mama

Monday, February 24 at 7:00pm at the YWCA Tucson, 525 Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85745

Free Admission


Post Screening discussion with Mark Frederickson, Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at UA. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer, the recipient of three Senior Fulbright Scholar Awards, and an ORS Scholar with Edinburgh University, UK Dr. Frederickson has taught and practiced Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design in a range of cultural, environmental, and professional contexts in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He is also the founder and Director the Tejido Group, an international and interdisciplinary community outreach design and planning program.

Part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council with additional funding provided by Ventana Charitable Foundation, The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding, University of Arizona School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona. Click here to view the films and schedule.


Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. When she is selected for an intriguing programme called the Barefoot College in India, Rafea doesn’t need to think twice, and travels to join 30 illiterate women from different countries to train to become solar engineers over the course of six months. Rafea immediately understands that she has a unique opportunity to give her children a better future and to provide the whole village with solar power. A tumultuous struggle with her husband threatens to put an end to her dreams, yet Rafea remains determined. Will she be able to empower the other women in the village to join her in the struggle to rewire the traditions of the Bedouin community that stand in their way? (Dir. by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, 2012, Denmark/US/England, 75 mins., Not Rated)


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