On her wild quest for love, 9-year-old Benni's untamed energy drives everyone around her to despair. When she loses it, Benni screams, swears, hits out and spits. Though she can be extremely violent, the traumatised girl is also lovable, understanding, vulnerable and very smart.
In a magical steampunk kingdom, a witch turns a girl into an old woman; a wizard embroiled in a war and a fire demon hold the key to returning her to herself.
Veteran documentary maker Patricio Guzmán completes his trilogy about Chile’s troubled past with a meditation on how the Andes shaped the country’s sense of identity. Following on from the sublime Nostalgia for the Light (WOW 2013) and The Pearl Button (WOW 2016), Guzmán blends personal and political in an approach that is characteristically thoughtful, measured, rich and lyrical.
Beautifully framed and shot, this is the best film about the impact of the Holocaust I have ever seen, made without a single image of the concentration camps. August 1945, the war is ending. Two Jews arrive at a remote rural railway station.
(Un-) Stitching Gazes I & II
Director: Laura Antonia Coral
Colombia, 2019, 5 minutes each, subtitles
Former FARC fighters who are in the process of reintegrating into civil society share their stories using needle and thread. Through textile crafts that are both painstaking and hopeful, communities attempt to mend the social fabric so that former perpetrators and victims can find a way of living together.
Tree of Love
Director: Mathew Charles
Colombia/UK, 2018, 25 minutes, subtitles
An animated short film written, illustrated and animated by former child FARC combatants and based on their true stories.
+ a post-film discussion led by Dr Berit Bliesemann de Guevara and Dr Christine Andrä, Department of International Politics, whose current research project explores the (self-)narratives of former FARC guerrilleros in Colombia through biographical interviews and needlework.
Tuesday 24 March, 4pm
In a muddy Yugoslav shantytown, a wedding party push the drunken bridegroom home in a wheelbarrow to the sound of the bride showering him with curses. This is the gypsy world of the telekinetic Perhan, a gormless lad who drifts through life playing the accordion and taking his pet turkey to the movies.
A portrait of humankind at both its worst and best, this raw, urgent documentary shows the Syrian war up close and personal, through the experience of brave Dr. Amani Ballour as she manages a makeshift underground hospital and breathes life into a more just future.
A delightful documentary about a group of idealistic old friends determined to put on a film in a country where cinema going is no longer allowed. Reunited again after long years of exile, four unassuming filmmakers inspired by a love of film try to revive their old dream of making cinema a reality in Sudan.
Strikingly composed, this tense, emotionally charged tale confirms the talented Tsotsorkova’s distinctive story-telling approach and clear focus on female relationships. In small town Bulgaria a single mum struggles to raise two feisty girls. All three work together in a roadside pottery business, but each has secrets of their own.
From the director of Heavenly Nomadic (WOW 2018) comes another vivid, engaging portrait of life in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan that is just as visually epic and emotionally rich as his debut. Twelve-year-old Jekshen may be the fastest runner in school, but his parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult.