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Co-Presenting DRY, a Film by Stephanie Linus

Anthology Film Archives

March 23, 2019

The Indonesian Film Forum (IFF) in New York collaborated with renowned Nigerian filmmaker Stephanie Linus and New York-based filmmaker and educator Jane Lawalata (NYFA) to co-present a screening of the award-winning film “DRY” at the Anthology Film Archive. The event took place on March 23, 2019, as part of the International Women’s Day movement. The film sheds light on sensitive topics such as child brides, women’s health, and the lack of education and medical access for women in remote areas.

“DRY” is a thought-provoking film that tackles the themes of vesicovaginal fistula and underage marriage among young women. The story revolves around Halima (Zubaida Ibrahim Fagge), a thirteen-year-old girl whose impoverished and uneducated parents arrange her marriage to Sani (Tijjani Faraga), a sixty-year-old man who consistently rapes her. After giving birth at such a young age, Halima suffers from vesicovaginal fistula (VVF), a devastating condition that leaves her ostracized by her husband and society. In her desperate situation, Halima encounters Zara (Stephanie Okereke), a medical doctor who herself endured a traumatic childhood. Zara becomes determined to assist Halima and save other young women facing similar circumstances.

Written and directed by Stephanie Linus, “DRY” serves as a powerful platform to raise awareness about the societal issues faced by women in certain parts of the world. Linus skillfully captures the struggles and triumphs of the characters, showcasing their resilience and determination in the face of adversity. The film’s narrative underscores the urgent need for addressing the pressing issues of child marriage, women’s health, and the lack of education and medical facilities for women in remote areas.

Jane Lawalata and Stephanie Linus collaborated not only as producers but also as the editor and co-producer of “DRY” respectively. Their combined expertise and vision brought the film to life, enabling it to resonate with audiences around the world. Lawalata’s involvement as a New York-based filmmaker and educator further strengthens the connection between the Indonesian Film Forum and the international film community.

The screening of “DRY” at the Anthology Film Archive, in collaboration with Stephanie Linus, Jane Lawalata, and the Indonesian Film Forum New York, is a significant step toward fostering dialogue and creating awareness about the challenges faced by women globally. By showcasing this powerful film, the event aimed to inspire change, encourage discussions, and mobilize action to empower women and improve their circumstances.

The Indonesian Film Forum New York continues to play a vital role in promoting Indonesian cinema and collaborating with international filmmakers to shed light on important social issues. Through such initiatives, the forum aims to enrich cultural exchange, foster understanding, and drive positive change.

In conclusion, the co-presentation of “DRY” by the Indonesian Film Forum New York, Stephanie Linus, and Jane Lawalata at the Anthology Film Archive exemplifies the power of cinema to address crucial social issues. By exploring the themes of child marriage, women’s health, and limited access to education and medical facilities, the film seeks to initiate conversations and drive positive change in the lives of women facing similar challenges. The collaboration between these talented filmmakers highlights the importance of global partnerships in raising awareness and advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment.