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.
Saturday 23rd March, 5.30pm, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
Dr Francesca Fois will give a talk on “Shamanism in Brazil” before the film, The Dead and the Others.
Saturday 23 March, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
In celebration of anime, a groundbreaking new accessible event for everyone and all ages. Abercon brings cosplay, an animation workshop, stalls and relaxed screenings of two brilliant anime, Mirai & Kiki's Delivery Service to Aberystwyth Arts Centre. In partnership with Mencap Ceredigion.
Ticket offer: £13 for a group of 4 (each film)
This year’s ‘Global-Rural’ theme encompasses many films that depict the impact of globalization on rural societies, as well as the rise of ‘rural cosmopolitanism’.
Sunday 24 March, 5pm
Global Rural: Encountering the Global Countryside
Professor Michael Woods explores the impact of the globalization of rural societies and the responses of rural communities to these changes.
Dr Francesca Fois will introduce the Sardinia case study and En Route film.
6.15pm En Route film
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, focusing on the everyday life, the travel stories, the desires and aspirations of young migrants.
+ Q&A with the directors Gaetano Crivano and Margherita Pisano
This intelligent feel-good film tackles urgent global issues with wry humour and a playful, genre-bending wit. Independent, feisty 40-something Halla is not just the life and soul of the local choir but also leads a double life as an undercover environmental activist.
A moving tale full of memorable images interspersed with moments of great beauty, charm and dry humour. Living in a yurt amid the frozen expanses of Siberia, an elderly Yakut couple, Sedna and Nanook seem to be the last people still living the traditional way.
Subversive, gorgeously shot and truly unusual, this is a finely-executed mash-up of Tarantino, spaghetti Western and Indonesian folk tale complete with poison berries, machete-wielding women, rape, murder, revenge and headless ghosts.
A serenely intimate portrait of three generations of Japanese diving women, their mothers and grandmothers whose delicate bodies transform underwater into those of sea hunters. The ama-san’s way of life dates back 2,000 years and their mysterious rituals seemingly come from such a faraway and dreamlike past.
Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest directors of world cinema, set this groundbreaking social satire about the changing roles of women in Indian society in his native city, bustling Calcutta.
Football, feminism and revolution are the subjects of this extraordinary documentary, shot over the course of five years following the Arab Spring. The Libyan women's football team is made up of a diverse group - captain Fadwa is a petro-physicist, Nama's family is displaced and goalkeeper Halima is training to become a doctor.
With a tone that recalls Apocalypse Now this presents a breathtaking journey through the Amazon from a native perspective that captures the extraordinary landscapes with a haunting sense of wonder. The last surviving member of his tribe, native shaman Karamakate leads the two interlocking stories of European travellers in search of a rare healing plant.
Liberated by the end of the Pinochet dictatorship, a group of families set up an isolated community under the Andes, where they hope to build a new world away from the excesses of urban living.
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.