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 fun, high energy celebration of modern India, family, love and life. Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding brings together the best of Hollywood and Bollywood in spectacular style.
Free, women only film screening.
Pop-up Indian food from Babita’s Spice Deli
Bus tickets reimbursed for asylum seekers
Free crèche - please book in advance
114 minutes long
Doors open 11:30am, film starts 12pm
Inspired by a real-life refugee rehabilitation programme, this is a warm-hearted feel-good comedy. When a refugee and his family are given an allotment garden, some of the longstanding residents are upset. But eventually they bond over the joys of gardening and then to fight the common cause of an invading mobile phone company. Inspired by a real-life refugee rehabilitation programme, this is a warm-hearted feel-good comedy.
This screenign is part of "Remaking Home", a free one day festival celebrating and exploring how refugees and asylum seekers remake homes in distant lands. With films, discussions, talks, children’s workshops, poetry and book readings, music, food and drink.
I Am Nasrine follows the paths of Nasrine and Ali, sister and brother in a comfortable, middle-class Iranian home. When Nasrine has a run-in with the police, the punishment is more than she bargained for: their father orders them both to relocate to the UK. Arriving in Britain, their fate and their future are far from certain. As Nasrine finds the courage to accept her fate, she discovers that the end of her journey is really just the beginning.
The film is being screened by WOW Women's Film Club as part of with Swansea University's "Remaking Home" festival.
"Remaking Home" is a free, one day festival celebrating and exploring how refugees and asylum seekers remake homes in distant lands.
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.
Pixar's Oscar winning animation sees a young musician team up with a trickster on a journey through the Land of the Dead. Can he return to his family and the land of the living?
A colourful, charming film for women and children to enjoy together.
Cinema is powerful... women are amazing... put them together and wonderful things can happen!
The Newport Women’s Film Club presents…Free Family Fun at the Cinema!
At The Riverfront , Newport
Tuesday 7th August
Doors open 10am
Song of the Sea (PG)
A FREE cinema screening for the whole family - women, men and children are invited too!
When they try to return to their home by the sea, Ben and his little sister Saoirse go on a fantastic adventure through a land of myth and magic. A beautiful film for the whole family to enjoy.
Film Starts: 10.30 am, running time: 92 minutes
With added cake!
Free, women only screening.
To book tickets visit Eventbrite.
Unexpected friendships form when an elderly woman asks for a job at a street food stall. It turns out she has an extraordinary gift for making red bean pancakes, the delicious Japanese treat. This beautifully sweet, heartwarming story is an ode to the simple joys of life
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!
Women only screening...
We would love all women to join us in Swansea at the Women’s Film Club!
The Artist (PG)
A charming romantic comedy set in the 1920s, this delightful film is a love letter to Hollywood’s golden age that everyone can enjoy.
Venue: Volcano Theatre | 27-29 High Street | Swansea | SA1 1LG
Date: Thursday 28th June | Doors open: 11.30 am | Film Starts: 12:00 pm Film: 1 Hour and 40 minutes
Followed by free pastries and coffee.
Bus tickets reimbursed for asylum seeker and refugee women. Please provide receipts.
Cinema is powerful... women are amazing... put them together and wonderful things can happen!
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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.
Grab some popcorn and enjoy some quirky short films, curated by WOW Women's Film Club at Volcano Theatre's Jamborî!
Free, family friendly, suitable for all ages.
You and your group are invited to the Women’s Film Club’s first screening at the Riverfront, Newport! This is the first in a series of FREE women-only relaxed film screenings that we will be hosting in Newport during the next year.
With animation, anything is possible - even magic!
Come and discover your inner powers in this two-hour magical animation workshop. Cast animated spells and bring to life your own fantastical creatures. Earn your magician's license and take your very own flipbook home with you. Or work together with your fellow witches and wizards to add enchanted colour to some white magic!
Inspired by WOW Film Festival's magical Tales From The Silk Road season, the workshop will follow on from a screening of the extraordinary Mary & The Witch’s Flower, and will be followed by a screening of the breathtaking Big Fish & Begonia.
All little witches and wizards aged 8+ and their families are welcome.
This workshop is led by professional animators Lauren Orme and Chris James, run by Wales One World Film Festival in partnership with Cardiff Animation Festival.
Discover your inner powers
Cast animated spells
Bring your own fantastical creatures to life
It’s International Women’s Day this week (March 8th) and by way of marking the celebrations, it’s traditional for WOW to train it’s lens on women’s filmmaking around the world. Usually we focus on the handful of F-Rated movies in the current festival programme, but this year something different has happened. For the first time, 50% of the WOW Festival programme is F-Rated.
Since announcing this, we’ve been praised for being “groundbreaking”, but considering that approximately half of humanity would describe themselves as women or girls, the fact that half the films in WOW’s programme have been made by women shouldn’t really be anything remarkable, right? 100 years on from (some British, mostly white and wealthy) women first gaining the right to vote, shouldn’t this ground have been broken a long time ago?
Although 2018 coincides with both the centenary of women’s suffrage and the popularity of #metoo, this year’s 50% F-Rated programme hasn’t been a conscious response to either. Rather, it’s come about through a long-term commitment to sharing films made by women around the world, and a deep appreciation for the interesting ways that women’s voices can shed light on particular experiences.
That said, if there’s one film in this year’s festival that does tie into the mood of #metoo, it has to be Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s tense and at times nightmarish Beauty and the Dogs, in which a young woman, Mariam, fights back against the normalization of evil. From Mariam’s perspective, the trauma of a rape and its aftermath is cruel, but for the hospital staff and the police she encounters, it’s just another day at work. The difference between these two attitudes, that of personal tragedy and the insensitivity of institutions, defines the tone of the film.
The hippy trail to the East can be dated to 1957, with the publication of Kerouac’s On the Road. In the 1960s and 70s, hundreds of thousands of young people from Europe and North America set off for adventures. Different causes inspired them: some were looking for easily available drugs, others admired Eastern spiritualities, most were seized by an indefinable urge to explore. In this talk, based on interviews with those who did the trail, it will be suggested that even the most secular and worldly resembled pilgrims.