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.
A portrait of humankind at both its worst and best, this raw, urgent documentary shows the Syrian war up close and personal, through the experience of brave Dr. Amani Ballour as she manages a makeshift underground hospital and breathes life into a more just future.
A delightful documentary about a group of idealistic old friends determined to put on a film in a country where cinema going is no longer allowed. Reunited again after long years of exile, four unassuming filmmakers inspired by a love of film try to revive their old dream of making cinema a reality in Sudan.
Strikingly composed, this tense, emotionally charged tale confirms the talented Tsotsorkova’s distinctive story-telling approach and clear focus on female relationships. In small town Bulgaria a single mum struggles to raise two feisty girls. All three work together in a roadside pottery business, but each has secrets of their own.
From the director of Heavenly Nomadic (WOW 2018) comes another vivid, engaging portrait of life in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan that is just as visually epic and emotionally rich as his debut. Twelve-year-old Jekshen may be the fastest runner in school, but his parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult.
Set against the stunning backdrop of the remote Peruvian Andes, this emotional, obliquely told tale masterfully explores the weight of heritage, the boundaries of love, and the burdens of family expectations – as well as the complexity of accepting our parents for who they really are.
Studio Ghibli’s riotously funny shape-shifting raccoon dogs turn into eco-warriors to save their forest home from the sprawl of modern day Tokyo. In Japanese mythology racoon dogs have supernatural powers and can transform themselves into anything and everything.
Based on Jerzy Kosinski’s acclaimed novel, this is a starkly compelling nightmare of one boy’s journey through the horrors of war reminiscent of Come & See, Papusza (WOW 2014) and Ivan’s Childhood.
Come and witness the incredible spectacle of the Marakkars, the 16th century naval defenders of the Indian coast and the story of their epic warfare against the Portuguese.
How do you learn to speak out when everyone expects you to be silent? This uplifting tale of female empowerment tells the story of the Bangladeshi women who make our T-shirts and jeans. The odds seemed stacked against feisty sweatshop seamstress Shimu when she decides to improve her lot and that of her fellow workers.
Second-generation French Moroccan Reda is appalled when forced to drive his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He finds himself stuck in a car for 3000 miles with a man who not only speaks a different language but also has a totally different view of the world.
A haunting vision of war and what it does to children, Tarkovsky’s debut instantly established him as one of the great voices of 20th century European cinema. Unlike the lengthy, moody, pretentious meditations on the meaning of existence (Stalker, Solaris, Mirror) that made him the darling of youthful existentialists everywhere, this is a much leaner, apparently more straightforward story of a young partisan’s life that makes for an immediate comparison with The Painted Bird.
Marcello is the epitome of the coldhearted, repressed bourgeois, ashamed of his ‘mad’ father and opium-addicted mother, desperate to fit in, and quite prepared to commit murder to follow the flow of fascist political fashion. Until that is, he claps eyes on the beautiful, decadent wife of his present target.
This tale of hope and reconciliation after sixty years of civil war will lift your heart in these dark times. Photographer Jesús "Chucho" Abad Colorado diligently documents the atrocities he’s witnessed over decades of reporting Colombia’s civil war.
From the director of Tharlo (WOW 2018) and Old Dog (WOW 2012) comes this beautifully told tale of family life on the Tibetan plains. Darje and Drolkar live an apparently serene life with their three sons and grandfather.
This crazy, inventive, witty Brazilian Western with a sci-fi twist is unlike anything you will have seen. Teresa travels home for the funeral of her grandmother in Bacurau, a fictional village in the sertão (North Brazilian outback) that celebrates its misfit inhabitants.
A fresh, comic portrait of a woman returning home determined to offer people something she thinks they need. Selma wants to open a psychotherapy practice in Tunis, where, although people love to talk about their problems, no one thinks they’ll pay to be listened to.
If you could relive one memory from your life for eternity, what would it be? Kore-eda (Shoplifters, Still Walking) asks this simple yet intriguing question in his funny and touching look at life after death.
The 2020 edition of the WOW Film Festival will take place at venues across Wales from 7th March.
We're currently in the process of selecting the films, with some strong contenders.
Watch this space in the New Year for further news.
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