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The “Stories of Transformation” Film Festival provides a forum to celebrate our Skyline College community’s rich cultural diversity as well as our district’s diverse student enrollment and discuss important issues of diversity, equity and inclusion that promote a shared humanity. 

The event is designed to foster an open and inclusive campus by sharing films that spotlight the strength and spirit of diverse groups and individuals from the around the world who have experienced their own transformative journeys. We will use art as springboard for exploring social justice issues in a safe space that encourages honest discourse.

We are excited to share stories that reflect the ideas of discovery, innovation, and change that are integral to stories of transformation. 

Stories of Transformation is funded through the generosity of the San Mateo Community College District EEOC Diversity Project Grant. 

2021 Film Festival - Vital Voices

April 29th - 5:00 p.m.

Transformative Stories of Middle Eastern Women

View the Stories of Transformation Panel Discussion Recording→ 


We Are Not Princesses*                           The Judge 

We Are Not Princesses is a documentary film                            The Judge offers a unique portrait of Judge      about the incredible strength and spirit of four                         Kholoud—her brave journey as a lawyer, her    Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut as they                    tireless fight for justice for women, and presents  come together to tell their stories of love, loss, pain,               an unfolding vérité legal drama, with rare              and hope through the ancient Greek play, Antigone.                insight into both Islamic law and gendered justice. This film focuses on the resilient, intelligent, articulate           In the process, this offers an unvarnished look at  Syrian women picking up the pieces of their lives.                    life for women and Shari’a.                    

Co-Directed by Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzam                       Directed by Erica Cohn

Co-Produced and Edited by Sara Maamouri                               Co-Produced and Edited by Sara Maamouri

About the Film                                                                                About the Film

Watch Trailer                                                                                   Watch Trailer

LibGuide                                                                                            LibGuide

*Film available on Kanopy                                                          Discussion Guide  



5:00 p.m. - Welcome

  • Danni Redding Lapuz | Dean, Social Science/Creative Arts
  • Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza | Vice President Instruction

5:10 p.m. - Film Screening - The Judge

6:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion including

  • Co-Producer | Editor of both films, Sara Maamouri
  • Student and Community voices from the Muslim diaspora
  • Faculty Moderator and filmmaker Tamara Perkins

7:30 p.m. - Film Screening - We Are Not Princesses

9:00 p.m. - “Meet the Filmmaker” Reception

9:30 p.m. - Event Close


Sara Maamouri, Co-Producer and Editor, and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker and editor

Tamara Perkins, MFA, Faculty Moderator, and award-winning filmmaker

Kathy Zarur, PhD, Associate Professor Art History, Skyline College and curator

Mahsa Tavakkoli, Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP) Instructor


Umaima Ejaz, Skyline Student and Editor-in-Chief, Skyline View

Hajer Mkawer, CSM Student and President of CSM Muslim Student Association


LibGuide- The Judge

LibGuide - We Are Not Princesses

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