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.
Playful, touching and smart, with the lightest of touches this tale of a young Chinese migrant finding her feet in Buenos Aires covers a lot of ground in its brief running time. Finding a job and learning Spanish are Xiaobin’s first priorities. Both bring with them the dilemmas of human relationships.
A compelling, authentic first-hand account of the plight of refugees told from their own perspective. Camped out overlooking Melilla, the tiny Spanish port on North Africa’s Mediterranean coast, Malian refugee Abou Bakar Sidibé is given a camera to document the daily life of his fellow refugees.
This charts Syria’s devastating civil war through an intimate portrait of a group of optimistic young friends hungry for change. They take to the streets with a smile and a song, but soon they feel the full force of the government’s brutal backlash of torture, death and destruction.
Mesmerising and haunting, this intertwines several stories to examine Thailand’s legacy of political repression, all the while giving a thrilling glimpse of cinema’s myriad possibilities. A bold, unusual film that intertwines the lives of a famous political activist, a young documentary filmmaker, a pop star, and a waitress, all of whom were touched by a student massacre.
Fuelled by a high-octane central performance this is a constantly absorbing thriller about a likeable, optimistic and street-wise young man’s rise from bus conductor to big-time drug dealer. Wulu shows a rather different picture of Mali than usual, intelligently connecting Ladji’s rise and fall to the political events that led up to Mali’s 2012 coup.
A smart, hard-hitting look at the global arms trade, the vast sums of money that are made and the corruption that creates. Fascinating interviews reveal the shocking realities of Britain’s central role in this dirty trade that counts its profits in billions and its losses in human lives.
Farhadi (A Separation, The Past) continues to astonish with this beautifully modulated portrait of a man, a marriage, and a society where nothing is quite as it seems. Emad is a kind and considerate English teacher who is also performing in Death of A Salesman.
Larraín (Jackie, No) fuses history, legend and fiction to powerful effect in this bold, stunningly inventive detective thriller and ‘anti-bio’. This is a fascinating examination of how we create the story of our own lives – particularly if you’re a vain, self-publicist like the great Nobel-prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda.
Resolutely low-key, this sweet romantic tale of a modest underdog preparing for his big fight conjures up a delightful mood of bittersweet melancholy. Although the expectations of the Finnish nation weigh on his shoulders, Olli Maki’s preparations for his shot at the world title seem surprisingly amateurish.
A charming, gentle tale about a group of village boys caught in the crossfire of civil war. In the lush breathtakingly green Colombian mountains, Manuel, Julian and Poca Luz enjoy a simple life where a football or set of coloured pencils is a treasured gift.
Entirely set in the back of a police truck, this ferociously well-made film paints a fascinating portrait of contemporary Egypt. Both supporters of the Morsi government and anti-Morsi protestors are out on the street demonstrating.
A rare chance to see a delightful Nepali film set in the awesome Himalayas during the Maoist insurgency. Despite belonging to different castes and social creeds, Prakesh and Kiran are best friends. The boys devise a plan to make some money by raising a hen and selling its eggs.
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.