Out of Silence: Los Angeles

Out of Silence: Readings from the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
March 8, 2010


On March 8, 2010, the first ever dramatic readings of selected essays and poems written by emerging Afghan women writers occurred in Los Angeles, California.

Hosted by the Simon Wiesenthal Center: Museum of Tolerance, and sponsored by the women’s committees of many Hollywood unions, guilds, and entertainment organizations (AFTRA, PGA, SAG, WGAw, WIF) in celebration of International Women’s Day, a group of celebrity actresses gathered on stage to give voice to those who have been silenced for too long.

Featured readers included: Nancy Travis, Conchata Ferrell, Marcia Wallace, Jodi Long, Summer Bishil, Nichelle Nichols, Bahar Soomekh, Nadia Bjorlin, and Teal Sherer.

(Click here to download a PDF of the event’s program.)

(Click here to view event and performance credits.)

With many thanks to director of photography and editor Stephen Brooks, we have assembled a collection of 24 video clips of the readings, as well as a compelling 37-minute documentary that includes several of the readings as well as behind the scenes footage and Masha Hamilton’s closing remarks. These are on the Los Angeles video clips page.