Rhowan is WOW's marketing officer. As a Japanese language graduate (SOAS), unsurprisingly she is a massive fan of Kore-eda Hirokazu, Beat Takeshi and all things Ghibli.
This is an extraordinary raw, first person account of the last war in Gaza. As the war begins Mohamed Jabaly picks up his camera and joins an ambulance crew. Watching the horror unfold as the crew speeds to the aftermath of each attack gives him a unique perspective on the heroism of the crew and the suffering of ordinary Palestinians.
Narrated by Danny Glover, this is an extraordinary documentary about the black power movement in 1960’s and 70’s America. The film uses previously unseen footage and modern day commentary to explore the African American liberation movement at a key point in US history. With rare news footage, speeches, and interviews with key figures - including Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton - this is an exceptionally powerful film - about black struggle half a century ago...in turn providing key insights into why that struggle continues today.
Butetown History & Arts Centre
Friday 3rd June, 7.00pm
Bute Street, Butetown, CF10 5LF
TICKETS £5.50 / £3.50
(no cards, cash on the night please)
Free tickets to asylum seekers
Ticket includes light Caribbean buffet after the film.
PLEASE NOTE, space at Butetown History & Arts is limited, so to avoid disappointment, BOOK IN ADVANCE to guarantee tickets.
This is an evening screening, open to women and men.
Here is the 2016 festival trailer, which was made with young people in Cardigan as part of a film education project with Winding Snake and Small World Theatre.
We'll be showcasing more of the young people's work online and at an event at Small World Theatre in April.
We were absolutely thrilled to be in the company of Patricio Guzmán for our opening event at Chapter. The great Chilean director spoke at length about his influences and filmmaking process, giving us a fascinating insight into a lifetime's work. Thanks are due to all who supported the events. Don't miss the masterful The Pearl Button at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Taliesin Arts Centre and Theatr Clwyd next week.
We had a thoroughly enjoyable time with director Gareth Bryn, writer and producer Ed Talfan and cast Mark Lewis-Jones and Annes Elwy who joined us after WOW's screening of Yr Ymadawiad/The Passing at Chapter on the festival's opening night. The team were in a relaxed mood, enjoying the warm and friendly atmosphere on their home turf in Cardiff. It was brilliant also to see one of Wales's most respected and experienced actors, Mark Lewis-Jones, alongside Annes Elwy, one of Wales's up and coming young stars.
Although WOW is a film festival, we often work with charities and organisations who share an interest in the places and themes depicted in the films we show. This year we're proud to be working with the Glan Clwyd-Hossana Link in north Wales alongside our screening of Ethiopian film Lamb at Theatr Clwyd on Tuesday 15 March.
Chair of the group Catriona Chalmers, tells us about the work they do with their partner hospital in Ethiopia:
"We are a group of healthcare professionals and other staff, based at Glan Clwyd and Abergele Hospitals and surrounding GP practices in North Wales. Ten years ago we formed a link with a partner hospital in Hossana in the South of Ethiopia, and now also have a link with Primary Care (health centre) services in the area. Hossana Hospital serves over 1 million people spread over a wide area. It is staffed by a small number of busy, dedicated doctors, nurses and health officers.
As Charles Newland says in his recent Q&A at the Borderlines Romani Cinema day in Hereford, it's a rare thing to see films about Roma communities on our cinema screens. WOW Film Festival is offering two further opportunities to see the Slovakian film Gypsy at Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Chapter Arts Centre in March. Further info.
Ed Talfan is Creative Director at Cardiff based production company Severn Screen. Ed is also producer/writer on Yr Ymadawiad (The Passing), and also co-creator, producer and writer on S4C/BBC drama series Y Gwyll/Hinterland.
Yr Ymadawiad (The Passing) is Gareth Bryn’s debut feature. Following his 2006 Welsh BAFTA win Gareth has received a further 7 Welsh BAFTA nominations for work on 35 Diwrnod (2014), Hinterland (2013-16), Pen Talar (2010), and Prix Europa nominated Y Pris (2008). Gareth is an experienced VFX artist and editor and says, “as a director, being across the edit and the VFX is hugely liberating.”
The masterclass will focus on five areas:
CASTING & WORKING WITH ACTORS
THE WORLD OF THE FILM -
BUILDING A SEQUENCE
SCORING THE FILM
Using examples from the film as well as their work on Hinterland.
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Thursday 10 March 2016, 6.00pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Friday 11 March 2016, 4.15pm
Undoubtedly the most important director in Chilean cinematic history, Patricio Guzman, is among the greatest documentary makers in the world. Widely regarded as one of the towering achievements in the history of documentary film, his epic The Battle of Chile (1973) captured Chile’s catastrophic revolutionary upheaval at the end of Allende’s government and the trauma of Pinochet’s coup. In recent years he has mastered a meditative, essayistic mode of non-fiction filmmaking seen in Nostalgia for the Light and its companion piece The Pearl Button. Where he uses stunning images to explore the significance of water as a way to plumb the depths of Chilean history and culture. Sometimes described as Chile’s answer to Ken Loach, Guzman’s lyrical work takes you on a wonderful journey through the heritage of a nation that also reveals the poetic potential of nonfiction cinema.
“A country without documentary films is like a family without a photo album” Patricio Guzman
"His work speaks to the past and present, the living and the dead with equal resolve... Grows in magnitude and importance with each passing day.” Little White Lies
“Guzman is hands down the most important director in Chilean cinematic history” Indiewire
“Guzman’s unique gift lies in his ability to weave together multiple modes of documentary: the picturesque, the political and the poetic.” Indiewire
“A film of wonder and dread… The Pearl Button is a contemplative stunner.” Sight & Sound
Chapter Arts Centre, Friday 11 March 2016, 2pm
In Spanish with English translation
Chapter Arts Centre
Cardiff CF5 1RZ
029 2030 4400
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Ceredigion, SY23 3DE
01970 62 32 32
Taliesin Arts Centre
01792 29 54 91
Small World Theatre
Bath House Road, Cardigan
Ceredigion SA43 1JY
The F-Rating highlights films that can answer yes to one of the following questions:
1. Does it have a female director?
2. Is it written by a woman?
In contrast to Hollywood, where there has been much controversy lately concerning the status, treatment, and representation of women, world cinema has a high proportion of female directors.
50% of WOW’s festival programme has the “F-Rated” stamp of approval!
Here's what 'Buzz Magazine' has to say about the initiative:
"Undeniably the most exciting element of this year's WOW Film Festival is its keen focus on works from female film-makers. With the introduction of an F-rating', you'll be able to easily pick out the films that have either been written or directed by a woman, or simply feature a strong female presence in the narrative. The fact that the festival aims to acknowledge and celebrate the work of women in world cinema is just one of the many unique elements that distinguish it from any other of its kind. It is proof of the festival's commitment to recognising diverse and alternative cinema, which is so often ignored by the mainstream. Put simply, the WOW Film Festival is an unmissable event."
An endearing story of love, loss and forgiveness set against the backdrop of the magnificent Icelandic landscape. On neighbouring farms in a remote valley two warring brothers tend to their prized sheep.
This is the delicately observed, beautifully realized story of Hana who follows an old Albanian tradition and becomes a sworn virgin to escape from an arranged marriage.
Set against the rain forest and volcanic slopes of the Pacific Island paradise of Vanuatu, this Romeo & Juliet tale is performed by an extraordinary cast from the Yakel tribe, who give a sprightly rendition of their own true story.
What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world? Based on her bestselling book, Naomi Klein argues that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our ecocidal economic system into something much better.
Shot in long takes in striking black and white, this beguiling fable subtly explores the changing face of Tibet. Leaving the solitude of the high Himalayas behind, Tharlo, a simple shepherd has to go into town to get his ID photo taken.
Life is tough for Romani teenager Adam when his father is murdered and his menacing uncle Zigo marries his grieving mother without delay. But this Hamlet-inspired storyline is subtly different from Shakespeare’s plot.
With its superbly understated script, brilliant ensemble cast of professional and nonprofessional actors, and a naturalist approach that reveals the characters in all their complexity, this is a rich portrait of contemporary India.