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.
We're delighted to confirm that Heavenly Nomadic is to open the 2018 WOW Film Festival at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea on Tuesday 13 March!
WOW’s special focus for 2018 is ‘Tales from the Silk Road’, a cinematic journey across the heart of the world. Following the ancient trade networks from China through Mongolia and Central Asia to the Mediterranean, this programme presents some outstanding films that have won festival awards across the world. At Taliesin we are featuring the beautiful Heavenly Nomadic from Krygyzstan about a family of horse breeders. With its wistful humour, this is a warm, atmospheric, sweet natured tale about nomadic traditions that are slowly disappearing from the magnificent mountains of Central Asia.
Set on the shores of the Caspian Sea the visually striking The Gulls plays out amongst the striking cultural mix of Kalmkyia, the only country in Europe where Buddhism is the national religion.
Details of the festival programme at Taliesin Arts Centre are now up on the venue's website: https://www.taliesinartscentre.co.uk/cinema.php
One of this year’s highlights is the hugely powerful, stunningly beautiful Aboriginal tale Sweet Country directed (and filmed) by Warwick Thornton who made the memorable Samson & Delilah.
Not to be missed is highly acclaimed The Square, a wickedly funny, bracingly surreal satire on the pretensions of high art.
A gripping, heartwarming and often funny tale of creativity against all odds, this is a joyous celebration of Salim Shaheen, Afghanistan’s most popular actor, director, and producer.
Leo is an exceptional, super-powered boy, who becomes involved in an investigation with a brave Detective. The sinister ‘Broken Face’ and his followers have created a virus to take control of the city. To save New York, Leo & The Detective must work together to avoid disaster. Come and get involved in this adventure with Leo and WOW Film Club!
A SCREENING FOR ALL THE FAMILY!
We’re delighted to be hosting another family event at the Riverside Warehouse with a screening of PHANTOM BOY
56 Machen Place, Cardiff CF11 6EQ
Adults £3:50 / £5:50
(Free tickets for asylum seeking families)
Buy tickets on the day, cash only please, no cards
TO BOOK YOUR TICKET
Phone Radha on : 07539076680
WOW FILM CLUB and GENTLE/RADICAL invite you to a Halloween night of food, short films and discussion for and about young people. We want to start a conversation about what young people want to see happening in our city.
How do we make spaces for you as young people?
How does our culture reflect and support you?
How can your voices be heard, how can adults listen?
This event is a chance for young people, and those who work with you, to get together and discuss what a radical future for young people might look like.
It's Halloween, so our film shorts are themed around some scary stuff: ghosts, ghouls, but also some of the scary things young people are facing today - from police checks to lack of job opportunities, from body image to Islamaphobia...
This get together is about watching short films, sharing food, and discussing your aspirations, frustrations, and how to deal with the challenges of living in a society that doesn't know how to value your voice
All young people welcome (that means up to 25, and we're flexible if you're a little older!)
6.00pm - 9.00pm, Wednesday November 1st
56 Machen Place, Riverside CF11 6EQ
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU'RE ATTENDING so we get enough food in (food will be Halal).
Gentle/Radical and WOW Film Club are delighted to host their first ‘people’s symposium', bringing together archival films, invited speakers and panel discussion around two key footnotes in British colonial history: the Partition of India in 1947, and the Palestinian 'Nakba' ('Catastrophe') of 1948.
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Indian Independence, and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. On the afternoon of Remembrance Sunday, this symposium invites you to remember less visible tragedies in our colonial history, as they relate to South Asia and the Middle East.
A free screening of a classic Taiwanese-language film, The Bride Who Has Returned from Hell.
Made in 1965 and adapted from Victoria Holt’s novel, Mistress of Mellyn, this film embodies the Taiwanese-language film industry’s enthusiasm for exploring new stories, fresh elements, and foreign influences. The ‘who-done-it’ narrative combines family melodrama’s rifts, risks, and restoration of domestic order with suspense, mystery, romantic entanglement, and supernatural elements of Gothic romance. Highly enjoyable.
The event will be introduced by Dr Ming-Yeh Rawnsley (SOAS, University of London). There will also be a post-screening discussion with Ms Teresa Huang, Director of Restoration, Taiwan Film Institute.
After a sell out screening at Buteown Community Centre in June, we're excited to be returning in October for Black History Month, with a women-only screening of the acclaimed DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST. This film was the first to be made by a Black woman in America, and the inspiration behind Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade.'
Set in 1902, it looks at the lives of three generations of Gullah Geechee women as they prepare to leave their home on the shores of Carolina. The ‘Gullah’, as they are known, are descendants of enslaved people, whose rich language and culture is composed of different West African origins which has survived centuries. Criticially praised for its rich language, use of song, and visual imagery, this is a Black feminist classic, not to be missed.
To kick off the screening, we'll be showing short extracts from Beyonce's critially acclaimed 'Lemonde' which took drew inspiration from Daughters of the Dust.
And we invite all women, as always, to come and join us for what promises to be an inspiring event, with refreshments and discussion.
Butetown Community Centre
40 Loudon Sqaure, Cardiff CF10 5UZ
TICKETS £3.50/£5.50 (includes creche)
FREE tickets for asylum seeking women
Buy tickets on the day (cash only please, no cards)
TO BOOK, phone Radha on 07539 076680
WOW Women's Film Club are excited to be hosting another film screening at the Glynn Vivian in Swansea! Hidden Figures is an exciting, Oscar-nominated film narrating the true story of three African-American scientists, who were the brains behind one of NASA’s most important space missions. Together, through sheer determination, they sent a man to orbit the Earth for the first time in history! These ground breaking Black women worked hard, fought racism and sexism and used their brilliant minds to propel the United States to the number one spot in the space race!
HIDDEN FIGURES (PG)
10am, Tuesday 3rd October
GLYNN VIVIAN ART GALLERY, Alexandra Road, Swansea, SA1 5DZ
FREE tickets for asylum seeking women
Buy tickets on the day (cash only please, no cards)
TO BOOK, phone Radha on 07539 076680
Short-term contract to run from October 2017 to 31 March 2018
WOW Wales One World Film Festival/WOW Film Club Liaison Officer
The contract will require a commitment of around 2.5 – 3 days a month on average but with some flexibility to take account of the reporting needs of the project.
Fee: £3000 for 15 – 20 days
WOW Film Club Introduction
A ground-breaking initiative to reach out to diverse audiences set up and run by Film Club Director, Rabab Ghazoul, WOW Film Club supports accessible film screenings, chiefly but not exclusively, for BME women and diverse communities across Cardiff and Swansea.
The WOW Film Club has established links with BME women’s networks, asylum seeker and refugee groups, and a host of community grass roots projects and organisations.
In 2017/18 WOW Film Club will deliver 18 screenings; 8 in Swansea, 10 in Cardiff.
An extremely exciting project that is finding new ways to engage new BME audiences the Film Cub will receive £53,254 of Big Lottery funding in 2017/18 (and other match funding) to deliver the following outcomes:
To enhance social well-being for minority ethnic women by providing tailored activities within safe, women-only social spaces that tackle isolation and improve social networks.
To contribute to cultural integration across diverse faith and cultural communities and so enhance understanding and communication between communities who rarely get to mix.
To enable women from diverse backgrounds to develop confidence, skills and experience through a structured volunteering programme.
To connect women to mainstream services, grassroots organisations and sources of information and signposting.
Big Lottery has awarded a grant of £153,658 for three years activity. The project started on April 1 2016 and runs to 31 March 2019.
We are now entering a different arrangement for the delivery of the project we are proposing a formal partnership agreement between WOW Film Festival and Gentle/Radical to deliver certain aspects of the project. The WOW Film Club Liason Officer has a vital role to play in ensuring the smooth transition to this new arrangement.
As lead organisation WOW Wales One World Film Festival is responsible to Big Lottery to deliver the project in accordance with their terms and conditions. The WOW Film Festival board is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the WOW Film Club project.
Both WOW and Gentle/Radical share responsibility for maintaining good relationships with funders and other partners as appropriate.
WOW Wales One World Film Festival
WOW was established on 5 December 2001 to:
Organise an annual film festival and any associated activities that benefit Wales
To provide arts and educational activity that promotes film and media from across the world to enrich the lives of people in Wales
To use film and media from across the world as a mechanism to:
Develop cultural and global understanding
Address social inequalities and to combat social exclusion
Promote equality and mutual tolerance, and to encourage cooperation, trust, and community cohesion.
WOW Wales One World Film Festival has worked with Women’s Film Club intermittently since 2004.
Gentle/Radical was established in January 2017 to bring together creatives, community activists, thinkers and others in order to decolonize structural mechanisms that perpetuate outdated relations of power - whether within organisational spaces, within societal and community spaces, or within cultural spaces.
The organisation aims to work in ways which foreground, make visible, and seek to realign the historical disinheritance and dispossession – cultural, financial, geographical, political - of peoples, groups and communities both local and distant, who have yet to leverage the power they have been told is available to them.
The vision of the organization is being realised via a series of co-designed and interconnected work packages. The activities of the Film Club – a long established programme of delivering films to currently underrepresented audiences, in this case women of colour - is one important work package.
Main duties and responsibilities
To work with the WOW Film Club to co-ordinate and disseminate all relevant decisions to all staff members and WOW Film Festival board as appropriate within required deadlines.
Responsible to WOW Festival Director and working closely with WOW Film Club Director
Project Support & Communication
To assist clear communication between the Film Club Director and all WOW staff
To meet to discuss the progress of the project on a regular basis (at least monthly) with the Film Club Director and WOW Festival Director
To be familiar with all aspects of the project, working practices and systems, and whether it is meeting the outcomes agreed with Big Lottery (above) and any other funders as appropriate
To help ensure that all the necessary systems are in place for the efficient delivery of all aspects of the Film Club
To gather information for reports and evaluation on all aspects of the project including box office data, screening dates & venues, audience feedback etc
To coordinate Event Reports for each screening within one month of the event to the WOW Festival Director that include relevant details of events, location, box office, ticket sales, partner organisations etc.
To provide WOW Festival Director with Box Office data (attendance & income) for screenings within three days of any event
To provide the WOW Film Festival board with quarterly reports in a timely manner
To provide all funders with relevant half-yearly and annual reports in a timely fashion
To oversee the Film Club budgets, and any relevant administrative tasks relating to Film Club activity
To oversee evaluation and monitoring, ensuring all appropriate data is collected, collated and analysed
To provide appropriate information to support any funding bids as & when appropriate
To ensure all relevant funders’ logos are included on all marketing materials in accordance with their guidelines
To attend quarterly WOW board meetings when appropriate
Knowledge and skills
Project management skills associated with community or lottery/public funded projects
Experience of events organisation and coordination
Financial management experience and an understanding of project budgets
An understanding of the monitoring and evaluation required for lottery/public funded projects
An understanding of equality and diversity issues
An understanding of volunteer programmes, policies and procedures
Excellent IT and administrative skills
An understanding of working with BME women and communities, and the challenges they face
A knowledge of film, specifically independent world cinema, or a background in the arts/cultural sector
Experience of working on publicly funded film, arts or cultural projects
Experience of working with women’s community groups/networks
Experience of working within a small team
Experience of developing and implementing policies and procedures
A practical working knowledge of business and financial issues
Has current UK driving licence & use of own car
Strong spoken and written communication skills
Excellent command of the English language
Strong inter-personal skills
Ability to demonstrate a high level of understanding towards women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, disadvantaged and marginalised groups and individuals
Self-motivated and able to work with little direct supervision
Able to work on own initiative, prioritise workload and work under pressure
The ability to plan, co-ordinate and communicate tasks
Availability to do occasional evening and weekends work
How to apply
Applications should include:
Your name and contact details (address and telephone number)
An up-to-date CV
A statement (of no more than two sides of A4) responding to the following:
Referring to each of the essential and desirable knowledge and skills criteria listed in the job description, please outline why you are interested in this post, and what you think you can bring to the role, providing clear examples of past experience as evidence to support this.
Deadline for applications: Friday 22 September 5pm
Interviews: w/o Monday 25 September
To start: October
If you would like to discuss the role in confidence please ring David Gillam, 07974 770212
FREE TECHNICAL AMBASSADORS TRAINING FOR WOMEN
(To secure a place, participants must be able to attend the whole session)
Riverside Warehouse, Cardiff, Friday, 22nd of September 2017: 10:30am-1pm
WOW Women's Film Club and Gentle/Radical are delighted to be teaming up with Film Hub Wales and the Independent Cinema Office to host a FREE workshop on the technical aspects of pop-up film projection and presentation.
This is a half day course, offering women the opportunity to learn and become confident in how to technically set up and use projection and screening equipment to run our pop-up film events. This will be an exciting, interactive workshop led by an experienced and highly skilled projectionist from the Independent Cinema Office and Chapter Arts Centre.
WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?
We are keen to develop a group of confident technicians with the skills to set up and use a projector, learn how to screen films in a pop-up setting, and fix any technical problems that may crop up during film screenings. We hope that this training will lead in the future to more paid opportunities within the Film Club for female film technicians.
HOW TO BOOK
The training will take place on Friday, 22nd September 2017 from 10:30am-1pm. Places on this half day workshop are FREE and a creche will be provided on site, for women with small children.
Beautifully made, perfectly judged in every way, Kaurasmaki’s wonderfully droll humour is perfectly suited to this sweet story of a Syrian refugee taken in by the good people of Helsinki. Both hysterical and heartbreaking, this charming, humane comedy is enough to give you hope!
“the warmest, most life-enhancing film I've seen this year.” David Gillam, WOW Film Festival Director
Winner Silver Bear for Best Director Berlin International Film Festival 2017
This is the extraordinary true story of Saroo, a young boy who becomes separated from his family when he accidentally boards a train that transports him across India. Eventually he is adopted by an Australian couple, who raise him as their own. But as a young man, haunted by his memories, Saroo is determined to find his home, his mother and siblings. With a little bit of hope, and a helping hand from Google Earth, he tries to make his way back to the childhood and family he left behind...
(creche and refreshments included)
Free tickets for asylum seeking women
Cash only please, no cards
TO BOOK YOUR TICKET/CRECHE
Members of Swansea Palestine Community Link, David Gillam and Ambulance director David Gillam on stage following our recent screening of Ambulance at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea.
Andrew Feinstein, arms trade expert and former ANC activist, speaking to festival director David Gillam at Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea.
Helen Iles, Wales Green Party and Fern Smith pictured at the post film discussion in Swansea. Photograph: Hywel Harris
Rita Arqueros and Amanda Racktraw read Pablo Neruda's Keeping Quiet at Chapter on our opening evening of WOW Film Festival 2017.
As fiercely talented as he was modest, in 1962 Finnish boxer Olli Mäki swept into national stardom as he trained for a once-in-a-lifetime fight against the World Featherweight Champion. There was only one problem: he had just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it was Finland vs. the USA, but outside, it was boxing vs. romance.
Based on this true story, Juho Kuosmanen's charming debut feature, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Here Juho reveals why he found Olli Mäki's story so compelling.
The Syrian Civil War is the most catastrophic humanitarian crisis of our era. The conflict has killed more than 400,000 people, wounded almost 2 million, and forced more than 11 million people to flee their homes – more than half Syria’s pre-war population. Of those who have fled their homes, 6.6 million are internally displaced, 4.8 million are refugees in neighbouring countries, and another 1 million have fled to Europe.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, half a million Syrians have been held prisoner or “disappeared” since 2011, mostly in government prisons and security facilities where torture has become industrialized, with some 60,000 people having been tortured to death or died as a result of inhumane conditions.
As of 2016, dozens of governments – including from the United States, Britain, France, Russia, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, among many others – have spent billions of dollars either directly participating in the conflict or training, funding and arming different parties to the war. At the same time thousands of foreign nationals from dozens of countries have gone to Syria to fight with one or another side. Moving in the opposite direction, the Islamic State group is thought to have sent hundreds of operatives into Europe amongst the fleeing refugees, some of whom were responsible for terrorist attacks in Paris and in Brussels.
Against this backdrop, in this interview The War Show directors Obaidah Zytoon and Andreas Dalgaard discuss mainstream media's portrayal of Muslims, common misunderstandings about the conflict in Syria and what they would like the audience to take with them when watching the film.
On the eve of International Women's Day, we're celebrating with a series of posts on the female directors whose films are appearing in the festival.
Here Anocha Suwichakornpong discusses history, memory and the 'past perfect progressive' tense in relation to her latest film By the Time It Gets Dark.
Ranked among the top 10 hidden gems of 2016, film critic Jonathon Romney described The Future Perfect as "A smart, undemonstrative but deeply joyful Argentinian first feature... about a young Chinese woman (Zhang Xiaobin) newly arrived in Buenos Aires and her attempts to learn Spanish. Formally economical, rich in insights about language, culture and the self, and deliciously comic with it."