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Rafea: Solar Mama

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Cleveland International Film Festival

By Eddie Fleisher

[Editor's note: Once again, EcoWatch is thrilled to be a media sponsor of the world-renowned Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF). As always, we are promoting the films in CIFF's It's Easy Being Green sidebar sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. We will showcase all 10 eco-films this week and continue to promote them during the festival, April 3 - 14. Each film does an incredible job illustrating our most daunting environmental issues and providing solutions to ensure the well-being of future generations. I encourage you to see these films at CIFF, or at your local film festival or theatre. Documentaries are a great way to educate and motivate people to action.]

Thirty-two-year-old Rafea raises her daughters in an extremely poor Bedouin community in Jordan. Her unemployed husband isn't much help as he spends most of his time with his first wife. Needless to say, things could be better. As luck would have it, Rafea is given a chance to travel to Barefoot College in India to participate in a program that trains illiterate women to become solar engineers. If successful, she'll be able to provide electricity for her village and earn a living training others. Her conservative husband doesn't share her enthusiasm for attending, often going out of his way to sabotage her efforts. Despite this opposition and the challenges presented by her illiteracy, she completes the program and gains an abundance of hope and confidence along the way. But will that positivity and optimism rub off at home? Can Rafea motivate her neighbors to get involved? RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA shines a spotlight on one woman's incredible determination to change her world.

This film is showing at the CIFF at Tower City Cinemas, 230 W Huron Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44113 on:

Wednesday, April 10 at 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 a.m.
Friday, April 12 at 7:20 p.m.

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