“When you isolate women, you isolate the soul of the whole society.”
Hissa Hilal, The Poetess, Screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London this month (see below).
This week we celebrate International Women’s Day with a look at two forthcoming releases by women directors from Iran. Pictured left is Ava, screening at Barbican centre for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival next week.
British-Iranian film director Rammy Elsaadany also reviews with us the below film, Gholam, released in UK cinemas at the end of March 2018, a first production from artist – photographer Mitra Tabrizian who we interviewed on Six Pillars back in 2012!
Saudi poetess Hissa Hilal made headlines around the world as the first woman to reach the finals of the Arab world’s biggest televised poetry competition, “Million’s Poet.” The Poetess is the inspiring story of a woman risking her personal safety and seizing an opportunity, live on TV in front of 75 million viewers, to use her wit and lyricism to critique patriarchal society and religious extremism, and to urge a more peaceful Islam.
Dir. Stefanie Brockhaus and Andreas Wolff
2017, 90 min, documentary
London screenings: 9 March, 20:45 – Barbican, 10 March, 20:30 – BFI Southbank. Screenings followed by Q&A with Stefanie Brockhaus (filmmaker).
Filmmaker Mo Naqvi will vote for the first time during Pakistan’s elections. But Mo has a tough choice: vote for religious hardliners or for the secular liberal leader, Pervez Musharraf, who happens to be a former military dictator. With exclusive access to Musharraf, one of the world’s most polarizing leaders, Naqvi uses humor, self-reflection, and insight to chronicle one voter’s journey to find out if democracy is achievable in a country undergoing political and religious upheaval.
Dir. Mohammed Naqvi
2017, 82 min, documentary
London screenings: 9 March, 20:20 – BFI Southbank, 10 March, 18:30 – Barbican. Screenings followed by Q&A with Mo Naqvi (filmmaker)