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The Poetess (15*) + ScreenTalk

Part of: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

A still from The Poetess, Human Rights Watch

Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal made headlines around the world as the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition, “Million’s Poet.” 

"When you isolate women, you isolate the soul of the whole society." Hissa Hilal

The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism, and to urge a more peaceful Islam.

It’s so rare to have a documentary on Saudi Arabia, and to have one with a woman who covers her face explaining the history of the imposition of such discrimination is incredible. The Poetess champions the invisible and unexpected women fighting this hard battle for change.”  Rothna Begum, Researcher, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch 

This screening is followed by a discussion with filmmaker Stefanie Brockhaus.

Germany/United Arab Emirates 2017 Dirs Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff 90 min

* This film has been locally classified by Barbican Centre

This film is subtitled in English. BSL interpretation will be provided for the Q&A.

For the best views of the BSL interpreter during the panel, please select a seat in the BSL priority seating area:

A 1–4 and B1–4

To book the BSL priority seats please email [email protected] with your booking request


Barbican Cinema 2