Women's group sets screenings, awards

TheWIFTS to fete Shohreh Aghdashloo, Nancy Kwan

The Women's International Film & Television Showcase and TheWIFTS International Visionary Awards -- now in their second year -- will celebrate next week the talent and accomplishments of women in the film and TV industry worldwide with special screenings and award ceremonies.

On Nov. 30, TheWIFTS Foundation will open with Brian Jamieson's "To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen's Journey," a compelling story of a woman's journey, honoring actress Nancy Kwan on receiving the Lifetime Tribute Award.

On Dec. 3, TheWIFTS will screen "The Stoning of Soraya M." to honor TheWIFTS Humanitarian Award recipient Shohreh Aghdashloo for her outstanding contribution to the women's rights movement. Directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, written by Betsy Nowrasteh and starring Aghdashloo, the pic is based on the true story of a village's persecution of an innocent woman that becomes both an act of witness and a parable about mob rule. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Aghdashloo and others involved in the making of the movie.

Other films participating in the lineup are "We are Half of Iran's Population," from Iran; "Tapestries of Hope," from the USA; "Native Dancer," from Kazakhstan; "Sidewalk Sisters" and "The Shore," from Turkey; "When Clouds Clear," from Ecuador; "Madri" and "The Man Who Loves," from Italy; and "Orgasm," from the U.K.

TheWIFTS International Visionary Awards will also bestow individual honors: Elizabeth Grant -- Lifetime Achievement Award; Nancy Kwan -- Lifetime Tribute Award; Irshad Manji -- the Visionary Award; Tegla Loroupe -- Dove Award; Shohreh Aghdashloo -- Humanitarian Award; Betty Makoni -- Humanitarian Award; Mary McGuckian -- Career Achievement Award, Nancy Carter -- the Elizabeth Grant Entrepreneur Award; Christina Jennings -- Television Pioneer Award; Judy Irola -- Cinematographer Award; Magda Rod, Gaea Environment Award; Ruth Carter -- Costume Design Award; Georgia Jeffries -- Screenwriter Award. 

L.A. Times columnist Patt Morrison will head the jury for TheWIFTS, which will bestow trophies for best film, best director and best actress as well as a diversity award and a jury award. All films will be screened at the New Beverly Cinema located at 7165 West Beverly Boulevard in L.A.