Egyptian-American columnist and activist Mona Eltahawy has been writing about Islam, and womens issues for many years. She was covering the demonstrations in Cairos Tahrir Square last year when she was detained, beaten and sexually assaulted by Egyptian security forces. Eltahawy authored a controversial essay entitled Why Do They Hate Us? about violence against women in Arab countries. She sat down with Odyssey Networks last week to discuss the Arab Spring, political Islam and the need for Arab society to continue with a revolution of the mind on gender issues.
This is a short documentary that aims to explore the gamut of emotions that both women and men go through after abortions in America, and how the current political atmosphere affects them. The objective of this film is not to put a moral label on abortion, “right” or “wrong”, but open a dialogue. We intend to focus on the experiences, the reasons behind people's silence on the personal aspects of the subject, and explore how people integrate the experience into their lives. Our film focuses particularly on the director trying to reconcile the complex and intense emotions following her abortion, as well as the idea that it's impossible to understand how you would react in that situation until you find yourself in it.