With the support of Conversations About Cinema, we have been able to document a number of the panel discussions that have taken place during the 2015 WOW film festival.
Fadhili Maghiya (Watch Africa Film Festival), Dr Rachel Langford (Cardiff University) and Sandra Skinner (Hay Timbuktu) discuss issues raised by Abderrahmane Sissako's film Timbuktu and the nuances and complexity of the socio-political situation in Mali.
WOW Festival Director David Gillam is joined by guests Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (School of Oriental and African Studies, Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (St Andrews University) and Ehsan Khoshbakht (Iranian Film Critic, Curator ad Architect) who discuss the Iranian classics Hamoun by Dariush Mehrjui and Under the Skin of the City by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad.
FOOD & FILM SCREENING AT OASIS CARDIFF
The WOW Women’s Film Club and Oasis are teaming up for their first film event in Splott!
Thursday 3rd December, 6pm
Oasis Cardiff, 69b Splott Road, Cardiff, CF24 2BW
Tickets include screening followed by food
£5 / £1 concession
We know all too well the plight of refugees in recent months. Tragic stories in the media of people – from children to elders – losing their lives trying to escape horrors at home. There has been an outpouring of support across Europe. And a strong message to our governments to do more.
But what does it mean for us here in Cardiff, a city where refugees and asylum seekers are already part of our community? What connections can we make with communities on our doorstep?
This pop-up film event is a chance for Cardiff communities and asylum seeker and refugee communities to meet – share food, watch a film and get to know each other more.
The event is a mixed family screening – men, women and children all welcome!
A Laotian family are forced to leave their village to make way for a new dam. The film follows the story of young Ahlo, who has always been blamed for the family’s misfortunes. Determined to prove he’s not cursed, he decides to win their respect in a truly remarkable way. A touching and uplifting film for all the family!
“If you aren't moved by the "The Rocket" your heart is defective” Film.com
Winner Best Actor, Best Drama and Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival
Conducted entirely in sign language with no subtitles, voice over explanation, or music, this is filmmaking stripped to the bone that like Becket or Peter Brook reveals the universal language of social control. When new student Sergey arrives in a crumbling state boarding school for deaf adolescents in Kiev he is quickly inducted into a world run by violent bullies.
A lucid portrait of the impact of foreign jihadis on life in Timbuktu, as they hypocritically enforce sharia law – no music, no football, no smoking, suitable dress. Beautifully filmed against the backdrop of sandy streets, stark desert landscapes and the sparkling river, this weaves together the stories of the residents as they adjust to living with oppression as best they can.
A mother’s lot is not a happy one in a society where men make all the decisions and women have to suffer the consequences. After her gruelling daily grind in the Tehran textile factory Tuba comes home to an invalid husband; a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly; a teenage son, who's been getting into trouble due to his radical politics; and an older son who wants to fix all her problems by going to work in Japan.
This launched Kiarostami onto the world stage, heralded the arrival of Iranian neo-realism, and set the prototype for Iranian "kid quest" movies. Nominally the story of a young boy who must return his friend's notebook he took by mistake, lest his friend be punished by expulsion from school.