RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA
el Documental del mes March 2014

RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA

Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief

2012 76 min.

VO en English and Arabic

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Technical specs

    • Direction: Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief
    • Photography: Mona Eldaief
    • Production: Mette Heide, Alexandra Johnes, Karim Amer
    • Executive Production: Don Edkins, Nick Fraser, Mette Hoffman Meyer, Badr Jafar, Mike Lerner, Regina Kulik Scully, Lekha Singh
    • Edition: Jenny Golden, Jean Tsien, Esteban Uyarra
    • Music: Jonas Colstrup
    • Sound: Peter Albrechtsen
    • Suitable for all audiences

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Sinopsi

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border.

She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate mothers and grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters.
Even when she returns as the first female solar engineer in the country, her real challenge will have just begun.
Will she find support for her new venture? Will she be able to inspire the other women in the village to join her and change their lives?  And most importantly, will she be able to re-wire the traditional minds of some of the members of her Bedouin community that stand in her way?

Rafea is a Bedouin woman who lives with her four daughters in one of Jordan’s poorest desert villages on the Iraqi border. She is given a chance to travel to India to attend the Barefoot College, where illiterate mothers and grandmothers from around the world are trained in 6 months to be solar engineers. If Rafea succeeds, she will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers, and provide for her daughters.Even when she returns as the first female solar engineer in the country, her real challenge will have just begun. Will she find support for her new venture? Will she be able to inspire the other women in the village to join her and change their lives?  And most importantly, will she be able to re-wire the traditional minds of some of the members of her Bedouin community that stand in her way?

About direction (Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief)

Mona Eldaief was born in Cairo, Egypt and after graduating from NYU she started her career at MTV News Unfiltered. Her documentary credits include Control Room with co-director Jehane Noujaim, A Wedding in Ramallah and Her Name is Zelda. Jehane Noujaim was raised in Cairo, Egypt where she began her career as a photographer. Following her studies at Harvard, Jehane went on to produce and direct Startup.com and Control Room.

Awards & Festivals

  • DOC NYC - Audience Award and Jury Special Award. USA, 2012
  • IDFA. Global Justice Oxfam Award. Netherlands, 2012.
  • WIFF - Best Film. Canada, 2012.
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest - Official Selection. United Kingdom, 2013.