Iraqi Playwrights Visit Bell Multicultural High School

Last week a group of five female Iraqi Playwrights visited Bell Multicultural High School for a conversation about writing, tolerance, and living in a discriminatory society. Alaa Najem Abdullah, Azhar Ali Hussein, Hawar Sharif, Hayat Haidar Mohammed Ali, and Kholod Jabbar Obeid Mary Al-Amiri all share impressive credentials — including experience acting, directing, writing plays and stories, teaching, and translating from Kurdish to Arabic. Yet, as women in a male-dominated society, they have all faced adversity in their native country. The conversation centered around what it is like to be a woman pursuing a creative career in Iraq and how these five incredible women overcame their own personal roadblocks to become as successful as they are today.

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