Rafea in the village. From the film "Solar Mamas".
KPCC and Community Cinema presented a screening of Solar Mamas, a documentary by Mona Eldaief and Jehane Noujaim. KPCC's Shirley Jahad moderateed a post-film discussion about the unique potential women in developing countries have to improve their poor, rural communities in a sustainable manner. Guests included Meagan Carnahan Fallone (Senior Advisor, Barefoot College) and Claire Naber Matalqa (screenwriter/producer; Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts project manager).
Solar Mamas follows Rafea, a young Bedouin mother of four, who leaves her impoverished Jordanian village for India’s Barefoot College. There, she and women from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso, and Colombia train to be solar engineers and, ultimately, agents of change in their home communities.
Rafea is Jordan’s first woman, ever, to attend such a program. She embarks with dreams of acquiring skills that will empower her to return home to support her family and village. Her journey is not without struggles, especially one that threatens her Barefoot College training and the attainment of a better life.