Sunday, March 9, 2014

Screening of ‘Rafea: Solar Mama’ at Boise State Featured Peggy Goldwyn

RafeaThe Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University teamed up with the Family of Woman Film Festival and presented an early viewing of “Rafea: Solar Mama.” The film, shown on March 5, in the Special Events Center.
The story is about a Bedouin woman named Rafea who lives with her 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 women from around the world are trained in six months to be solar engineers. If she succeeds, she will be the first female solar engineer in Jordan and will be able to electrify her village, train more engineers and provide for her daughters. But first she will need to find support and be able to change the longstanding traditions of her Bedouin community.
Peggy Goldwyn, a longtime filmmaker, screenwriter and humanitarian who was vice president of the Samuel Goldwyn Company for 20 years, is the founder of the Family of Woman Film Festival, and will be on hand to open the event. Meagan Carnahan Fallone of the Barefoot College will introduced the film lead a discussion afterward.
FamilyWoman300x150The Family of Woman Film Festival was launched in 2007 by Friends of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) board member Peggy Elliott Goldwyn in Sun Valley in order to bring attention to the work of UNFPA. It has since grown to include six films and many other events over a six-day period. This year’s festival is March 4-10.
For more information on the film, visit; for more information on the Family of Woman Film Festival, visit

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