2013 Films


Courtesy of Rafea: Solar Mama

6:30 PM

Directed by: Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief

Venue: Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies

RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA (USA/Egypt, 2012, 60 min.)

A strong-willed 32-year-old Jordanian mother of four, Rafea is traveling outside of her village for the first time ever to attend Barefoot College’s solar engineering program. India’s Barefoot College provides rural, poor, and often illiterate, women from around the world the rare opportunity to receive an education that teaches them how to make their communities self-reliant and sustainable. Once there, Rafea will join women from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia in a life-changing six-month job-training program that will transform her into a solar engineer and change her life. This documentary is part of the Women and Girls Lead Initiative and the international Why Poverty film project. Directed by Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief. Produced by Mette Heide. 

Introduced by David Jhirad, Professor and Director, Energy Resources and Environment Program, and HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Professor in Environmental Policy, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. Panel discussion, moderated by David Jhirad, follows screening with Peter Fox-Penner, Principal and Chairman, The Brattle Group and Board member, The Solar Foundation and Warren Evans, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

Johns Hopkins University

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies

Kenney Auditorium

1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW

(Metro: Dupont Circle)

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