26 JANUARY 2019, SATURDAY

15:00

Vessel | Diana Whitten (86')

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt compelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters.
Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with governmental, religious, and military blockades. But with each setback comes a more refined mission, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills.
We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement.

COUNTRY:

USA

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

16:30

Amal | Mohammad Siam (82')

Amal is fourteen years old when she goes to Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring to showcase. With youthful hubris she goes straight to the danger. This coming of age film follows her in the years that follow, a period in which the fearless Amal seeks her own identity in a country in transition.
* Winner of Tanit d’Or@ Carthage Film Festival 2018

COUNTRY:

EGYPT

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

18:00

iitsaiRomni | Eyaggelia Goula (53’)
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

“The child gives birth to a child”. A film about the institution of marriage in a Roma ethnic group through the testimonies and related traditions of the local community in Heraklion, Crete. We look at the position of the Roma women, their lifestyle, the way they perceive themselves as well as the construction of their social role through marriage. Today most parents agree with the continuation of a child’s school education. But what happens when the girl becomes thirteen years old?
Honorary distinction @ the 12th Greek Documentary Festival of Chalkida-DocFest

COUNTRY:

GREECE

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

19:00

Punishment island | Laura Cini ( 55')
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

Ιn rural South-Western Uganda, like in most Africa, women have less access to education and employment, while often the entire economic responsibility of the family weights on their shoulders. For local communities at Lake "Punishment Island" tells the true story from the direct voices of some survivors, who are still alive today. In fact the luckiest women had a second chance. Poor men with no cows to pay a bride price were going to the island to choose and pick women to marry. Being disowned, no bride price was claimed for them.

The practice itself and the amazing natural setting with its fairy-tale look give the occasion to tell the story from an unusual point of view which reflects the animism of traditional religions. The visual style also underlines the interaction between horror and beauty and the incredible and deep bonds existing between men and nature. The story has never been told by its protagonists before and, with the island about to be submerged by the surrounding lake and the last survivors on the final part of their lives, it is a matter of now or never again.Until not long ago, these "sinful girls" were brought to the tiny island of Akampene, in the middle of the lake and abandoned there. At Akampene, meaning Punishment in English, nothing grew, so they were destined to die of starvation. The ones who were attempting to reach the mainland swimming, were dying from drowning. Inability to swim is one of the big local problems.Bunyonyi, where the film is set, premarital sex for women is still a great taboo. Girls who get pregnant before marriage are still sent away from their homes.

COUNTRY:

ITALY

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

20:00

Exiles | Bernadette Weber & Julia Reiter ( 75’)
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

Faruk does not like to speak about his past. Why should he? What counts now is to look forward and to think of a plan for the new life. Mohadese, who is the same age, is torn, like many young people, between what she would like to do and actual possibilities, between her old and her new identity, as well as between the image that she represents for others and the image in which she recognizes herself. Omar often thinks about his old homeland, about his family, about the revolution for which he, like many others, had risked his life, but above all, about the long desired freedom: a freedom, which he mainly finds in his poems. The meaning of the the exile is determined by the person, who lives it. Today as well as yesterday. If you cannot go back to your homeland, the only way is to build yourself a new home. If you have lost everything else, the only thing left is not to lose yourself.

COUNTRY:

AUSTRIA

21:30

Sonita | Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami (90')

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.
Audience Award@Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival

COUNTRY:

GERMANY

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

27 JANUARY 2019, SUNDAY

11:00

Ακούγοντας τη σιωπή / Listen to the silence | Mariam Chachia ( 80')

To Have a dream is very natural and easy for each one of us, but, to follow it, when no one else believes in it, is the fate of only a few. 9-year-old Luka dreams to step onto the stage and dance because this is the only way for him to take his place in the big world. The only world he knows is the public school for hearing-impaired children where he studies and lives. Even though it's very difficult for him to understand and learn the rhythm of the music, he never gives up. The film ‘Listen to The Silence' observes Luka's life in the hidden world of this hearing-impaired society. This is a story of a young boy's dream to be heard.

COUNTRY:

GEORGIA

13:00

Gender Me | Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (52')
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

Gender Me is a road-movie about Mansour's voyage into the world of Islam. It is a personal voyage in a world of taboos, full of contradictory images. He searches the question of faith and gender in Islam and he wants to collect the unusual stories of Muslim gays. Mansour is a homosexual Iranian refugee and pharmacist; he has been living in Oslo for 18 years. Now he wants to travel back to Istanbul.

COUNTRY:

NORWAY

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

14:00

Manislam | Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (58')
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

This film examines the burdens of manhood within Islamic cultures. It brings us a new interpretation of David vs. Goliath. The main characters, bravely and frankly, share deeply personal memories and experiences in their effort to highlight and question the role of men in contemporary Islam.

Why does a man in Kuwait inspired by the 99 names of Allah and the Quranic stories create a comics and cartoon series about super heroes called The 99? Why does a man in Bangladesh travel from one village to another, teaching the community how to play a board game? Why does a man in Indonesia encourage other men to wear mini skirts in a demonstration? They all have the same goal. They want to change the dark side of the masculinities in their cultures by playing games. They all want to reform Islam. They are the muslim Davids against Goliath.

 

COUNTRY:

NORWAY

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

15:30

A balloon for Allah | Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (52')
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

Wταν η σκηνοθέτης Nefise ήταν παιδί, συνήθιζε να στέλνει μπαλόνια με γράμματα στον Αλλάχ. Τώρα έχει αποφασίσει να στείλει ένα νέο μπαλόνι, για να δοκιμάσει το ρόλο των γυναικών στη μουσουλμανική κουλτούρα. Ακολουθώντας τα βήματα της γιαγιάς της στο μονοπάτι “Sufi”, ξεκινάει μια αποστολή να ανακαλύψει την ουσία του Ισλάμ. Η ταινία κινείται ανάμεσα στο πραγματικό της ταξίδι και τα όνειρά της. Βιώνει το πολυποίκιλο Κάιρο, την Κωνσταντινούπολη και το Όσλο πίνοντας τσάι με την Αιγύπτια φεμινίστρια Nawal El Saadawi, συζητώντας με τον ενενηντάχρονο συγγραφέα Gamal Al-Banna σχετικά με τη ζωή του και συναντάει ένα νεαρό Ισλαμιστή εξτρεμιστή. Όπως περπατάει μέσα σε έναν λαβύρινθο από πόρτες, αντιλαμβάνεται ότι μάλλον δεν είναι το Ισλάμ η πηγή του προβλήματος αλλά ότι μπορεί να υπάρχει ένας δεσμός ανάμεσα στις τρεις Αβρααμικές θρησκείες και την καταπίεση των γυναικών.

COUNTRY:

NORWAY

 

The documentary is part of the "Gender equality" tribute, which is co-financed by the Partnership Agreement (PA) 2014-2020 | Reform of the Public Sector.

18:00

Transitory lives | Δημήτρης Λαμπρίδης & Thomas Kunstler,55' (ΠΑΡΟΥΣΙΑ ΣΚΗΝΟΘΕΤΗ)

A journey documentary about three characters, Ali, Amjad and Ahmad, and their transition into a new life. But how long can they wait for it to begin?

COUNTRY:

GREECE

19:00

A Woman Captured | Bernadett Tuza-Ritter, (87')
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. Drawing courage from the filmmaker's presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person.
Human Rights Award@Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2018

COUNTRY:

HUNGARY

20:30

The road to Sparta | Barney Spender (60' )
(DIRECTOR PRESENT)

Four runners, Four stories; One Greek drama
The Road to Sparta follows the fortunes of four runners, including "UltraMarathon Man" Dean Karnazes, as they attempt to follow in the footsteps of Pheidippides and complete the gruelling 246 kilometre Spartathlon in just 36 hours. Using specially-commissioned poetry from AE Stallings and music from Old House Playground, The Road to Sparta blends the ancient tale with the modern race and discovers a road paved with blood and blisters, pain and glory.
* Best Director Award@Enginuity Film Awards (Las Vegas, USA)

COUNTRY:

UK

22:00

Closing Ceremony – Equality Awards/Αudience Awards– Music Concert

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