Saturday 23 March, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
At last Aberystwyth has it's own comicon convention!
Everyone is welcome!
This has been a dream of Mencap Ceredigion's members for many years. Please come and support it and help Abercon grow.
This is a partnership event between WOW Film Festival and Mencap Ceredigion. Suitable for everyone and all ages!
Ticket offer: £13 for a group of 4 (each film)
A moving tale full of memorable images interspersed with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour. Living in a yurt amid the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook seem to be the last people still living the traditional way.
A serenely intimate portrait of three generations of Japanese diving women, their mothers and grandmothers whose delicate bodies transform underwater into those of sea hunters. The ama-san’s way of life dates back 2,000 years and their mysterious rituals seemingly come from such a faraway and dreamlike past.
Shamanism meets drug running in Guerra’s amazing follow up to Embrace of the Serpent and Wind Journeys (WOW 2010), which tells the true story of the origins of the Colombian drug trade as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family.
In this mysterious thriller, Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) expands upon a Murakami Haruki short story to create a psychologically engrossing, moral tale about modern Korean youth, wounded love, class conflict and male envy.
A smart, vibrant take on the huge changes taking place in China as dodgy, get-rich-quick developments flatten neighbourhoods and break down the traditional bonds of families and communities.
With a tone that recalls Apocalypse Now this presents a breathtaking journey through the Amazon from a native perspective that captures the extraordinary landscapes with a haunting sense of wonder. The last surviving member of his tribe, native shaman Karamakate leads the two interlocking stories of European travellers in search of a rare healing plant.
Football, feminism and revolution are the subjects of this extraordinary documentary, shot over the course of five years following the Arab Spring. The Libyan women's football team is made up of a diverse group - the captain is a petro-physicist, the family of one of the players is displaced and the goalkeeper is training to become a doctor.
Tuesday 26 March, The Riverfront, Newport & Aberystwyth Arts Centre
With years of experience in narrative, commercial and documentary production Flore joined the core team at Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI), an internationally recognised research centre for documentary, in 2010. She is managing their various training initiatives and industry events, including the Edinburgh Pitch, and oversees the production of the flagship filmmaking program Bridging the Gap.
She is a tutor for creative documentary workshops, run by the Institute in collaboration with the British Council. These workshops have taken her to Libya, Palestine and Morocco, where she has exec-produced short documentaries directed by local filmmaking teams.
Flore has produced mid-length documentaries for UK broadcasters (BBC, STV) as well as short documentaries distributed in festivals internationally. FREEDOM FIELDS is her first feature documentary.
This year’s ‘Global-Rural’ theme encompasses many films that depict the impact of globalization on rural societies, as well as the rise of ‘rural cosmopolitanism’.
Sunday 24 March, 5pm
Global Rural: Encountering the Global Countryside
Professor Michael Woods explores the impact of the globalization of rural societies and the responses of rural communities to these changes.
Dr Francesca Fois will introduce the Sardinia case study and En Route film.
6.15pm En Route film
What does it feel like to trek overland across Africa, risk the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean and then find oneself stuck in limbo in the Sardinian countryside? This is the dilemma En Route explores with two groups of young African men who find life in Europe rather different from what they’d expected, focusing on the everyday life, the travel stories, the desires and aspirations of young migrants.
+ Q&A with the directors Gaetano Crivano and Margherita Pisano
Hatidze climbs a Macedonian hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks. Back at her homestead she tends to her handmade hives. But when a nomadic family move in and break Honeyland’s basic rule, the last female wild beekeeper in Europe must save the bees and restore natural balance.
“This amazing documentary, a multiple prize-winner at Sundance 2019, makes for the most primal of environmental allegories.” TORONTO STAR
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene lives with her husband and four rambunctious sons in a chaotic and ramshackle house that is full of love and laughter.
Subversive, gorgeously shot and truly unusual, this is a finely-executed mash-up of Tarantino, spaghetti Western and Indonesian folk tale complete with poison berries, machete-wielding women, rape, murder, revenge and headless ghosts.
Fantasy, humour and a kid’s eye view of the world combine in this, the first ever anime to premiere at Cannes Film Festival. After the birth of his baby sister, young Kun discovers a magical portal and time travels to meet relatives from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager.
Saturday 23rd March, 5.30pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Dr Francesca Fois will give a talk on “Shamanism in Brazil” before the film, The Dead and the Others.
Francesca Fois is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Salford – Manchester from February 2018. Francesca’s doctoral research undertaken at Newcastle University explored alternative spaces such as intentional spiritual communities drawing upon ethnographic research. Since 2012, Francesca has been collaborating with Terra Mirim, a shamanic community located in Bahia, Brazil, and has organised a series of public events about sustainable communal living and shamanism in the UK and Italy with members of the community (https://www.xamam.org/t-en). Francesca has been supporting Terra Mirim environmental activism and their recent mobilisation against the construction of a landfill in a protected area of the Atlantic Forest in the Metropolitan Region of Salvador (Bahia).
Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest directors of world cinema, set this groundbreaking social satire about the changing roles of women in Indian society in his native city, bustling Calcutta.
Set among the indigenous tribal community of Pedra Branca, this is an atmospheric, visually poetic portrait of a young man resisting his destiny as a shaman.