Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Minerva Productions Hopes to Break Down Middle East Misconceptions

Encouraging new works by women and dedicated to films focused on women’s issues both locally and globally, producers, Anne O’Shea and Brian Quattrini of Minerva Productions are delighted to be co-producers working alongside creative producers, Avi Goldstein (Fire Lines) and Jessica Devaney (Budrus, My Neighbourhood) and director, Amber Fares on her first feature length documentary, Speed Sisters.

Determined to break the gender stereotypes that are too often seen in Western society’s media portrayal of the Middle East, Fares offers a fresh perspective of the obstacles and pressures of daily life that threaten Arab women (and men) today in Occupied Palestinian Territories. Hoping to inspire girls and women around the world to pursue their dreams against all odds, Speed Sisters is the story of the first all-women race car driving team in the Middle East. The film captures the lives of 5 very different women, all of whom have come together with the strong objective to live each day by their own rules.

“I believe this film will truly break down perceived barriers and help to illuminate many Westerner's misconceptions regarding Palestine and its people,” O’Shea says. “It was very important for us to be a part of this project.”

Speed Sisters had its world premiere as the opening film at the Doha Film Festival earlier this month. Critics and film festival attendees alike were illuminated and captivated. The team will continue showing the film and spreading their message across the world and here in US this coming year.

Minerva Productions is best known for the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe Winning and Oscar Nominated Film, The Kids Are All Right, starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. However, the recent success of Life Partners and 2012’s Any Day Now have secured their name and work among the best in the independent film world.

Minerva’s past credits include What Maisie KnewGirl Most LikelyGoatsThe Whistleblower andAnother Happy Day.


For information about Minerva Productions and Speed Sisters please visit their websites and social media sites.

Minerva Productions, LLC

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Facebook – /minervaproductionsllc
Twitter – @minervaprod

Speed Sisters

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Facebook – /speedsistersthefilm
Twiiter - @speedsisterfilm

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