Tuesday 26 March, The Riverfront, Newport & Aberystwyth Arts Centre
With years of experience in narrative, commercial and documentary production Flore joined the core team at Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI), an internationally recognised research centre for documentary, in 2010. She is managing their various training initiatives and industry events, including the Edinburgh Pitch, and oversees the production of the flagship filmmaking program Bridging the Gap.
She is a tutor for creative documentary workshops, run by the Institute in collaboration with the British Council. These workshops have taken her to Libya, Palestine and Morocco, where she has exec-produced short documentaries directed by local filmmaking teams.
Flore has produced mid-length documentaries for UK broadcasters (BBC, STV) as well as short documentaries distributed in festivals internationally. FREEDOM FIELDS is her first feature documentary.
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.
Francesca Fois is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Salford – Manchester from February 2018. Francesca’s doctoral research undertaken at Newcastle University explored alternative spaces such as intentional spiritual communities drawing upon ethnographic research. Since 2012, Francesca has been collaborating with Terra Mirim, a shamanic community located in Bahia, Brazil, and has organised a series of public events about sustainable communal living and shamanism in the UK and Italy with members of the community (https://www.xamam.org/t-en). Francesca has been supporting Terra Mirim environmental activism and their recent mobilisation against the construction of a landfill in a protected area of the Atlantic Forest in the Metropolitan Region of Salvador (Bahia).
Saturday 23 March, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
At last Aberystwyth has it's own comicon convention!
Everyone is welcome!
This has been a dream of Mencap Ceredigion's members for many years. Please come and support it and help Abercon grow.
This is a partnership event between WOW Film Festival and Mencap Ceredigion. Suitable for everyone and all ages!
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
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
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.
The five “stans”, or republics of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan – have a long and rich history thanks to their central location on the Silk Road. Forming a bridge between West and East, their cultural heritage brings together nomadic with settled cultures, Turkic languages with Farsi, and indeed, their jewellery combines corals transported from the seas with silver mined from the mountain ranges that cross the region.
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.
Narrated by Danny Glover, this is an extraordinary documentary about the black power movement in 1960’s and 70’s America. The film uses previously unseen footage and modern day commentary to explore the African American liberation movement at a key point in US history. With rare news footage, speeches, and interviews with key figures - including Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton - this is an exceptionally powerful film - about black struggle half a century ago...in turn providing key insights into why that struggle continues today.
Butetown History & Arts Centre
Friday 3rd June, 7.00pm
Bute Street, Butetown, CF10 5LF
TICKETS £5.50 / £3.50
(no cards, cash on the night please)
Free tickets to asylum seekers
Ticket includes light Caribbean buffet after the film.
PLEASE NOTE, space at Butetown History & Arts is limited, so to avoid disappointment, BOOK IN ADVANCE to guarantee tickets.
This is an evening screening, open to women and men.
Undoubtedly the most important director in Chilean cinematic history, Patricio Guzman, is among the greatest documentary makers in the world. Widely regarded as one of the towering achievements in the history of documentary film, his epic The Battle of Chile (1973) captured Chile’s catastrophic revolutionary upheaval at the end of Allende’s government and the trauma of Pinochet’s coup. In recent years he has mastered a meditative, essayistic mode of non-fiction filmmaking seen in Nostalgia for the Light and its companion piece The Pearl Button. Where he uses stunning images to explore the significance of water as a way to plumb the depths of Chilean history and culture. Sometimes described as Chile’s answer to Ken Loach, Guzman’s lyrical work takes you on a wonderful journey through the heritage of a nation that also reveals the poetic potential of nonfiction cinema.
“A country without documentary films is like a family without a photo album” Patricio Guzman
"His work speaks to the past and present, the living and the dead with equal resolve... Grows in magnitude and importance with each passing day.” Little White Lies
“Guzman is hands down the most important director in Chilean cinematic history” Indiewire
“Guzman’s unique gift lies in his ability to weave together multiple modes of documentary: the picturesque, the political and the poetic.” Indiewire
“A film of wonder and dread… The Pearl Button is a contemplative stunner.” Sight & Sound
Chapter Arts Centre, Friday 11 March 2016, 2pm
In Spanish with English translation