Ola Eliwat


  • Geographic Location: Middle East and North Africa
  • Age: 30


movie poster for Blossoms of Silence

Monday, April 18, 2011 12:47 PM

Each year, approximately 5,000 men and women worldwide die as a result of "honor killings," when someone is murdered by a family or clan member for allegedly bringing dishonor to the family. The overwhelming majority of victims are women.

In Jordan, murder is punishable by death, but in the case of honor killings, a court frequently commutes or reduces sentences, particularly if the victim's family urges leniency. Between 15 and 20 women are murdered each year in Jordan as honor killings. The Jordanian parliament has refused to reform the penal code to ensure harsher penalties for honor killings or honor crimes.

FEKRA (meaning "idea") is a group of Jordanian youth who have banded together to create short films about social issues. Blossoms of Silence is FEKRA's second film.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:20 PM

We should always take time to reflect and think about what was and what will be. It's crucial that we revisit our memories because they have made us who we are today. And even though we eventually have to let go of everything--the bitter and the sweet--we must recognize that there are some things that are worth remembering.

"The Autumn Visitor" is a personal reflection on the future. It is an invitation for everyone to learn to let go and move on, while still cherishing those dear memories.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009 2:51 PM

Remember the tale of the little girl selling matches on the street who ended up dying of cold? Unfortunately, her story is not uncommon; many children around the world are being crushed by the curse of child labor. Because they are often too young or too weak to be heard, it is our responsibility as adults to speak up for them and shed the light on this problem.

Friday, January 16, 2009 12:00 AM

This is a short story about a young woman and the ordinary life that she led, only to discover at the end that she was living another extraordinary life inside her mind. Something many women can relate to, with the dreams, ambitions and hopes that we have.

Friday, January 16, 2009 12:00 AM

I've always been a girl who kept to herself. I rarely shared my secrets with anyone, to the point that even some of my closest friends never knew what was going on inside of me. Yet, they would all confide in me and make me their own "well." Later on I would discover how hard it was to always be the confidant and never the one confiding; people began to think my feelings were non-existent. I realized how some things could or could not come to pass based on my discretion and how neglected and left out I felt. Hence I wrote "The Well," my own way of encouraging people, especially women, to speak out and express what is happening inside our minds and our hearts. I had to start with myself.

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