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.
Are you an aspiring screenwriter, director or producer looking to progress your career in film or television?
BFI NET.WORK Wales are presenting their latest Launchpad event for writers, directors and producers in conjunction with BBC Wales and CULT Cymru at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 28th March 2015.
The event is targeted specifically at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent with the aim of championing under represented voices and stories from Wales. We invite all new and emerging talent from BAME backgrounds born or based in Wales, to join us for this unique opportunity.
There will be a mix of sessions for producers, writers and directors including talent labs, screenings and a networking reception. Speakers and mentors include producer Stella Nwimo (Human Traffic, Stud Life), writer-director CampbellX (Stud Life), producer John Giwa-Amu (The Machine, Silent Storm), Nadia Denton, Calum Gray (Independent Film Group) Deborah Sathe (Film London), film maker and festival programmer Cary Sawhney and writer-director Kolton Lee.
Screenings include 4 short films from Film London’s initiative for BAME film makers - London Calling+ - and Amma Asante’s first feature, set in Wales: A Way Of Life.
Ffilm Cymru Wales also have calls out for Writers' Lab and Director's Lab participants, targeting aspiring BAME filmmakers.
Persian New Year, or Nowruz coincides with the opening weekend of the WOW film festival. Deeply rooted in Zoroastrian traditions, Nowruz, meaning ‘New Day’, has been celebrated for at least 3,000 years to mark the start of Spring.
When we found out that it was actually celebrated for two weeks, it was the perfect excuse to hold a little party in our west Wales home town of Cardigan, on Saturday 28th March.
Here we have Small World Theatre, a sustainable community arts venue resembling of a pagoda, creating the perfect space for a sociable evening involving great food and a great film!
Here's the 2015 WOW Festival trailer, carefully crafted by Jacob Whittaker, an artist and filmmaker based in Cardigan. The rather catchy tune is taken from Where is My Friend's Home?, Abbas Kiarostami's classic 'kid quest' movie, which features in our Iranian season, starting on March 21st. Enjoy!
This compendium of outrageous and hilarious tales paints a subversive portrait of contemporary Argentina.
The tragedy of the Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one family and one town – Bethlehem. Director Sansour (Jeremy Hardy vs Israeli Army) returns to her home town on a mission to ensure that Bethlehem stays a free and open city.
A fabulously beautiful western about the search for a utopia that remains forever out of reach set on the spectacular coast, pampas and deserts of Patagonia. When his 15-year-old daughter Ingeborg elopes with a young soldier, the distraught Captain Dinesen (Viggo Mortenson) embarks on an epic journey across an empty wilderness in the hope of tracking the couple down.
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.
This exquisite, lyrical, immersive documentary creates a strikingly beautiful portrait of an extraordinary vanishing world.
This fascinating portrait of the people who created the many diverse communities that have thrived across Australia over the last 40 years explores the timely Aboriginal concept of ‘Deep Listening’. Beautifully made against the rich diversity of the Australian landscape by the director of Lammas, this explores the interpersonal dynamics of these 'intentional communities'.
Based on a true story, this riveting tale reveals Ethiopia’s cultural complexity, where traditional customs are pitted against modern ideas of equality. In the beautiful rural Ethiopian landscape, Hirut, a bright 14-year-old girl, is on her way home from school when men on horseback swoop down and kidnap her.
Set against the stunning backdrop of a remote coastal village in Brazil, this is an engagingly episodic, bewitching film that gently contemplates the nature of life and death.
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.
Like Bombon: El Perro this is a lovely, easy-going, slice-of-life journey round the dusty back roads of the deep South of Argentina. In the wilds of the Patagonian mountains Lila, a headstrong, self-sufficient young girl is determined to find the father she never knew.
A warm, vivid, touching tale with mysterious supernatural touches this paints a unique portrait of Iranian rural life. Scared and alone, young Bashu runs away from the Iran-Iraq war and fetches up in a little village in the far North where no one can understand him.
Told in one single stunning shot this gripping film succeeds in ‘unhinging’ time to create a strange, haunting feel to seemingly everyday events. A group of students gather by a remote lake for a camping trip and kite-flying festival.
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.
A fascinating portrait of the cultural crisis faced by a middle-class couple trying to lead more Westernised lives while still adhering to traditional Iranian customs and values. Hamoun, a frustrated middle-aged executive, dreams of becoming a writer.
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.
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
Saturday 21 March 2015 from 11am
Day ticket: £20 (£15)
Box Office: 029 2030 4400 www.chapter.org
WOW Film Festival is celebrating the golden age of Iranian Cinema with a season of magical films from a generation of globally acclaimed Iranian filmmakers. Whilst giving Western audiences an insight into an ancient culture at a time of revolutionary change, the hugely influential Iranian neorealist style that emerged from this period has since had an enduring legacy world wide.
The season begins at Chapter Arts Centre on Nowruz (Iranian New Year), Saturday 21st March. To mark this special date in the Iranian calendar, filmmakers, critics, journalists and audiences will come together for a unique day event and a rare chance to see these great movies on the big screen.
There will be a panel discussion after each film, chaired by WOW Festival Director David Gillam, who will be joined by Iranian cinema expert Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad from the School of Oriental and African Studies; Dr. Maryam Ghorbankarimi from St Andrews University, who specialises in Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and gender representation in Iranian film, and Ehsan Khoshbakht, an Iranian film critic, curator and architect.
To book your pass for the Iranian Film Day at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday 21st March, call 029 2030 4400 or book online here.
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
This launched Kiarostami onto the world stage, heralded the arrival of Iranian neo-realism, and set the prototype for Iranian "kid quest" movies.
“the simplest and most moving of his films.” Combustible Celluloid
Director: Dariush Mehrjui
A dark comedy-drama about a middle-aged intellectual obsessed with Kierkegaard and J.D. Salinger in the midst of marital meltdown, this will surprise anyone who assumes Iranian society is free of post-modern discontents.
Director: Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
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. The first lady of Iranian cinema evocatively captures the human struggle at the heart of a family.
Director: Shahram Mokri (2013)
Told in one single stunning shot this gripping film succeeds in ‘unhinging’ time to create a strange, haunting feel to seemingly everyday events. A truly extraordinary film that plays with our perception of time, space, and truth.
“something truly special” Andrew Robertson, Eye for Film
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Iranian Film Day, Saturday 21 March
Where is My Friend's Home?, Hamoun and Under the Skin of the City will also be showing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on the same date and times, with The Apple and Fish and Cat being shown later in the week. The panel discussion with Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad and Dr. Maryam Ghorbankarim will be 'Skyped' to Aberystwyth Arts Centre after each film. Ask the Arts Centre box office about the Iran Season Ticket.
In partnership with British Council Iran as part of their UK-Iran Season of Culture.
Part of Conversations About Cinema's Impact of Conflict Season a Film Audience Network Initiative led by Watershed with QFT and Chapter Arts.
Join the conversation: www.conversationsaboutcinema.co.uk ￼@ConvoCinema #convocinema
A rebellious young woman with cerebral palsy, Laila leaves her home in Delhi to study in New York, unexpectedly falls in love, and embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery. Based on a true story this funky, stereotype-busting, coming-of-age tale is a real joy thanks to Kalki Koechlin’s delightful central performance.