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 moody, masterful melodrama has a killer twist. When young couple on-the-run Sara and Iwan crash their car into a stream near a remote farmhouse they’re rescued by dogged loner Stanley.
Delighting in the beauty of Patagonia’s volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, this extraordinary film will give you much to ponder. In the same lyrical vein as his wonderful Nostalgia for The Light, Guzman ruminates on astronomy, water, memory, and much else besides.
Deep Listening - film screening and workshop with Helen Iles (via SKYPE)
at Small World Theatre, Cardigan, 20th February 2016 from 7pm
Exploring the timely Aboriginal concept of Deep Listening, this film is a fascinating portrait of the diverse communities thriving across Australia over 40 years. Beautifully made by the director of Lammas, this film explores the interpersonal dynamics of these ‘intentional communities’. It reveals the importance of taking time to truly listen to one another if we are to learn to live together in harmony. Share the insights of a generation that created an alternative lifestyle based on respect for the land, for the indigenous people and for one another.
Deep Listening Workshop 8.15pm
Led by Helen Iles via SKYPE
Deep Listening inspires contemplation about the value and role of community. Using the film as a tool, the audience is guided through an exercise in “speaking and listening”, taking turns to hear and be heard, to consider ways of being in the land, with ourselves and with each other.
WOW WOMEN’S FILM CLUB
Tuesday 8th December, 10.00am
Chapter Arts Centre
£5.50 / £3.50
Ticket includes film, lunch and crèche
(Free tickets for asylum seekers)
If you’re male in Thailand, in the year of your 21st birthday, you gather with guys the same age from your district to pick a card from an urn in front of everybody. If the card is black, your military service is waived and you don’t need to go. If it’s red, however, you must commit two years of your life serving your country. Unlike in other countries, where military service is either voluntary or compulsory, in Thailand it's largely dependent on luck. Consider this in relation to Thailand's relatively liberal stance on LGBT issues, with homosexuality having been decriminalised in 1956. It wasn't until 2005, however, that the ban on LGBT soldiers in the military was lifted.
This is a subject that director Josh Kim has explored previously, as he explains, "Before coming to Thailand, I had never actually seen this process before... it was still unclear what the rules were regarding male to female transgenders. So in 2013, I made a short documentary, which followed two transgender women on the day of their own draft."
Kim's experience of making Draft Day went into writing How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), Thailand's entry to the 2016 Academy Awards, which is being screened on Thursday 8 & Saturday 10 October at the Iris Prize Festival in Cardiff (in association with WOW).
Aberystwyth Arts Centre is bringing back two of the most popular and successful films of the 2015 WOW festival, Dukhtar and Timbuktu, for a double bill on Saturday 17 July.
Leila Sansour gave a tremendously successful Q&A at Taliesin Arts Centre on Monday night, when 190 people attended the WOW festival screening of Open Bethlehem, an event well supported by Swansea's Palestine support groups. Pictured from left to right are David Gillam, Open Bethlehem's director Leila Sansour and her assistant Julia Katarina.
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.
A heart warming, Oscar nominated story of a boy from a poor family who is devastated when he loses his sisters beloved pink shoes. Not wanting his parents to find out, he sets out to find, and then try to win, a new pair.
Quite possibly the most eye poppingly gorgeous film ever made, this sumptuous allegorical tale focuses on an almost extinct nomadic tribe of South Eastern Iran who are famed for their intricately designed Persian "Gabbeh" carpets.
We're delighted that Dukhtar/Daughter Director Afia Nathaniel and Co-producer Cordelia Stephens, will be joining WOW for Q&As following all three screenings of their award winning film at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this month. They have some amazing stories to tell about their experiences, both in the lead up to and during the making of Dukhtar/Daughter, which was filmed in the Himalayan mountains in the north of Pakistan. For example, how they overcame the obstacles of getting a film made in a desolate region disputed between Pakistan and India, where no other film crew had been given permission to film.
We're really fortunate to have quite a few director Q&As in the festival this year. If, like us, you enjoy getting the chance to ask questions about the film you have just seen and are fascinated by what inspires filmmakers and what it takes to get the job done, then come along and join in with what promise to be some fascinating discussions.
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.