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.
Smartly-executed by Danis Tanovic (an Oscar winner for No Man’s Land) he balances both the inspirational true story of the whistle-blower at the heart of the Nestle baby-milk scandal and the wrap-around story of how films that question corporate irresponsibility are squashed by legal threats.
What does it feel like to trek overland across Africa, risk the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean and then find oneself stuck in limbo in the Sardinian countryside? This is the dilemma En Route explores with two groups of young African men who find life in Europe rather different from what they’d expected.
In this mysterious thriller, Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) expands upon a Murakami Haruki short story to create a psychologically engrossing, moral tale about modern Korean youth, wounded love, class conflict and male envy.
Set among the indigenous tribal community of Pedra Branca, this is an atmospheric, visually poetic portrait of a young man resisting his destiny as a shaman.
30 years after it was first released, Miyazaki’s beautiful tale about a young witch is just as magical today as it ever was, bearing all the hallmarks of classic Studio Ghibli.
Fantasy, humour and a kid’s eye view of the world combine in this, the first ever anime to premiere at Cannes Film Festival. After the birth of his baby sister, young Kun discovers a magical portal and time travels to meet relatives from the past and future, including his sister Mirai as a teenager.
A smart, vibrant take on the huge changes taking place in China as dodgy, get-rich-quick developments flatten neighbourhoods and break down the traditional bonds of families and communities.
On the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, Irene lives with her husband and four rambunctious sons in a chaotic and ramshackle house that is full of love and laughter.
The extraordinary last film from the legendarily uncompromising Béla Tarr is like so much of his work, long, slow and infinitely rewarding if you can take the pace.
Shamanism meets drug running in Guerra’s amazing follow up to Embrace of the Serpent and Wind Journeys (WOW 2010), which tells the true story of the origins of the Colombian drug trade as seen through the eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family.
With his customary gentle good humour, Jafar Panahi delivers another perceptive sideways glance at the contradictions of contemporary Iranian society.
Forever exploited by everyone in the village the sweet natured Lazzaro’s dreamy innocence throws a harsh light on the ways of the world.
Cinema is powerful. Women are amazing. Put them together and wonderful things can happen.
100 years since some women first gained the right to vote in the UK, women filmmakers from Wales and the world will be showcased in a special screening celebrating the power of the female voice.
The Female Voice is a new documentary film from Wales, which has been made with funding from the Welsh Government to mark the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act.
In partnership with Winding Snake, the WOW Women's Film Club is organising a special workshop on Monday October 8th at City Campus, Newport.
History professor and author Angela John will be giving a history workshop and debate on the subject of the local history of women's rights.
With funding from the Welsh Government, like all Women's Film Club events, there will be a creche, and also on this occasion some lunch provided.
There are 20 spaces available, so it will be an intimate affair.
It will also be suitable for women learning English who have already reached a standard where they confident to speak English publicly.
Mira Nair's inspirational Queen of Katwe is the true story of a young girl from Uganda who, with the support of her family and community, follows her dream to become an international chess champion.
Free and open to all women.
Free creche for children - please book in advance.
We recently held our first Newport Women's Film Club, screening the heartwarming Saudi Arabian film Wadjda at the Riverfront arts centre.
Thank you to all the women who came along to enjoy the film, plus a big shout out to those at all the organisations who supported the event: Theresa from Redcross, Bronia from Welsh Refugee Council, Sarah from the office of Jessica Morden MP/Welsh Labour, Sarah from The Gap Centre, Roy from Sewrec, Marilyn from Coffee and Laughs, and Patience and AnaMaria from BAWSO.
The next Newport screening will be on July 17th - watch this space for announcements!
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As regular followers of WOW may be aware, over the past few years the festival has grown it's focus on women and film, in relation to both the stories we share on screen, and the makeup of the audiences who come to see them. The WOW Women's Film Club was set up specifically to provide a safe space for women from all backgrounds and cultures to come together to experience some of the best women's stories from around the world.
We're about to hold our first Women's Film Club screening in Newport, Gwent later this month. At the planning stages we started having discussions about what imagery we might choose to attract women to the Film Club. We would usually choose a film still but this time we decided to try something a little different.
Florence Jackson is a young artist from west Wales whose work has a beautiful quality and often features women. We decided to commission Florence to come up with an illustration for the film club that would communicate the essence of what the film club is about.
Florence has very kindly written a few words about her work:
"My work is largely influenced by Eastern mythology philosophy, Folk Art and storytelling. I am wildly curious about the nature and identity of people and animals from all walks of life and the way in which they interact and coexist with their surroundings.
I initially studied fashion and textiles and have carried my love of rich patterns, textures and colours into my illustrative voice. I believe that the clothing and we drape over our bodies can act as symbols of our identity and culture.
When asked to illustrate this image, it was important to celebrate women from a diverse range of cultures. I considered the unifying qualities of all women and what stood out for me was the subtle and undemanding strength that radiates from them. I wanted to highlight the importance of sisterhood and unity, both empowering qualities that we must embrace in a world that often undermines them."
Thank you Florence - we hope you like the image she produced as much as we do!
Last Saturday the WOW Women's Film Club shared a programme of animated shorts at Volcano Theatre and Coastal Housing's Jamborî!
Jamborî! was a two day festival on Swansea's High Street, packed with creative things for families to see, do and discover.
We were there to promote the WOW Women's Film Club, which has more women-only screenings happening in and around Swansea soon (watch this space).
Here are some of the families enjoying a selection of short animations from Japan, Russia, the US, France and Wales.
The Welsh animation was Uncle Ahmed's Canaries which was made with Syrian families recenlty settled in Ystradgynlais.
Thanks to Caroline Lane of WOW Women's Film Club and the festival volunteers for making this happen.