14th Filmmor Festival Brings Purple Screen to 7 Cities in 7 Weeks

The 14th Annual International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels kicks off on March 12th, with the theme “Women’s Solidarity Keeps Women Alive,” bringing the purple screen to 7 cities over 7 weeks.

In this, its 14th journey, which will begin on March 12th, the International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels will once again share women’s experiences, works, and dreams via cinema, in film, while proclaiming this year’s motto, Women’s Solidarity Keeps Women Alive.

Women filmmakers and filmgoers will gather in 7 different cities at this year’s festival, which features over 70 films in 30 different languages, grouped under 8 themes, as well as events such as workshops, panels, and talks.

In addition to Women’s Cinema, A Purse of Her Own, and Gender-Sex-Sexuality, which are part of the program every year, this year’s 14th Annual Filmmor Women’s Film Festival includes many new sections and events, all of which are united in their quest to derive and foster hope for women all over the world.


Women Make Movies

In the Women’s Cinema section we’ll meet a young woman falling in love for the first time in Saskia Diesing’s film Nena, and an 84 year-old artist named Lily in Violeta Barca Fontana’s Color Thief. And in Darine Hotait’s I Say Dust, we find Hal and Moun, who, as they fall in love, together search for the meaning of “home”; a young teacher whose world changes when she encounters the unexpected in a strange town where she is appointed to teach in Vivian Papageorgiou’s Inner Land; robotized work in Remedios Crespo’s Flexibility; and the odd encounters of a women who becomes a taxi driver in Irina in Wonderland, directed by Silvana Ceschi and Arnulfo Gonzalez…


From Beginners to Masters…

In this section we have Anna Muylaert’s Second Mother, which tells of a different sort of mother-daughter relationship; Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher, which gives hope to hundreds of women who, caught up in a spiral of abuse and violence that makes prostitution their only choice, wish to change their lives; Pioneer Heroes, in which director Natalya Kudryashova brings to the screen lives caught between the dreams of childhood growing up in the Soviet Union, and the reality of today’s Moscow; and Nayla al Khafa’s The Neighbour, which tells of the friendship of two women from very different cultures…


Women’s Solidarity Keeps Women Alive

The section titled Women’s Solidarity Keeps Women Alive, which is also the motto of this year’s festival, features 6 films from the U.S.A., India, Turkey, the Netherlands, and Sweden. No Burqas Behind Bars, directed by Maryam Ebrahimi and Nima Sarvestani, which tells, through the testimonies of imprisoned women, about how “crimes of morality” are used to oppress women in post-Taliban Afghanistan; Cynthia Hill’s Private Violence, which tells of violence suffered by women at the hands of the men closest to them, and the legal battles that ensue, in the U.S.A.; Neena Nejad and Xoel Pamos’s The Price of Honor, which is the story of Sarah and Amina, two sisters killed by their father’s in Texas in the name of “honor”;  Justice For Sale, a film in which directors Ilse and Femke van Velzen tell of human rights lawyer Claudine’s fights against injustice and immunity in the Congo; and Deepa Dhanraj’s Invoking Justice, a film about women struggling to establish their own decision-making mechanisms in India, are the films you will be able to watch in this section…


Retrospective: Chantal Akerman “Everything About Chantal”

The retrospective Everything About Chantal, realized in collaboration with Istanbul Modern, and dedicated to director Chantal Akerman, who departed from this world on the 5th of October, 2015, is the most comprehensive retrospective of the director’s work ever to be shown in Turkey. The retrospective consists of 15 of Chantal Akerman’s movies, which show that “the personal is political,” and which “tell those things that her mother could not,” from the director’s first film, made when she was just 18 years old, Saute Ma Ville, to Jeanne Dielman, which shows that in the routine domestic life of a woman, “cooking and murder can be of equal horror,” as well as Tomorrow We Move and her final film, No Home Movie.


Women’s Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa

The section Women’s Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa invites us to a series of films spanning a broad geography, from Jordan to Morocco, and from Egypt to Iran. The 14th Annual Filmmor Women’s Film Festival salutes the struggle of women in this region to change that deemed their “destiny,” with 9 films. From Sepideh Farsi’s Red Rose, which tells an unordinary love story taking place during the Green Wave rebellion in Tehran, to One of Thousands, directed by Baran M. Reihani, which tells the story of girls who have woven their dreams into carpets since their childhoods; to Coria and the Sea, in which Diana Nava turns her camera to the Sahrawi women who were exiled from Morocco to the Sahara Desert in the 1970s, but who fight for their rights as they cling to the belief that they will one day return to their homeland; and Viola Shafik’s The Mother of Light and Her Daughters, in which the director brings to the screen the story of the Coptic women of her family, all are featured in this section of the festival. Not only that, but Viola Shafik and Hülya Uğur Tanrıöver will also join us for a discussion about Women’s Cinema in the Middle East and North Africa as well. 


Women Are Everywhere

In this section featuring a screening of Suffragette, which tells the story of women’s fight for the right to vote in England, followed by a discussion with Serpil Çakır, titled Ottoman Women’s Struggle for the Right to Vote, women, the subjects of this century-long struggle, will come together to discuss past and present.


Workshops, Panels, and Talks

This will be the third year of our Kaleidoscope section, and this time, we welcome Mehmet Eryılmaz with his film, The Guest.  The forum Femicide is Preventable and the workshop titled How to Make Films About Femicide, which welcomes participants Alin Taşçıyan, Çiğden Vitrinel, Emel Çelebi, Melek Özman, Senem Tüzen, and Özlem Sarıyıldız, are among other highlight events of this year’s festival.


♀ Video-Art Selection

This selection curated by Ayşegül Sönmez contains 9 works of video-art, incuding Canan’s The Wag Wag Tree, Hatice Güleryüz’s Fast Forward, and Gülçin Aksoy’s (Re)Public Woman. 


Purple Camera Award for Hope-Inspiring Woman Filmmaker

The Purple Camera Award for Hope-Inspiring Woman Filmmaker, a solidarity prize given to a first film or films which contain representations of women which are not sexist or traditional and do not portray them as passive, and which provide space for representations of women as subjects, and of women’s resistance, actions, and dreams, goes to Leyla Toprak for her movie Distant. Providing a window onto the rebellion of women guerrilla fighters in Kobane against thousands of years of patriarchal oppression, through the testimonies presented in the film, Distant brings Kobane that much closer…


The 8th Annual Golden Okra Awards

This year the Golden Okra Awards, which came into being as a criticism of the reproduction of false myths and conceptions about women as well as the sexist gaze, and the limited space allotted women in the cinema of Turkey, will be presented for the 8th time. Each year presented “in the hopes that we won’t be able to find any nominees in the future,” this year’s award will go to a recipient chosen by the public, who can vote for their nominee until March 15th at the website www.altinbamya.org. The nominees this year are: Aşk Nerede? (Where is Love?), En Güzeli (The Finest of All), Eski Sevgiliyi Unutmanın 10 Yolu (10 Ways to Forget Your Ex), Kendinol (BeYourself), Kırmızı (Red), Krallar Kulubü (The Club of Kings), and Mucize (Miracle). 


7 Cities in Our 14th Year

The festival, which will be held March 12th-20th in Istanbul at the Pera Museum, Italian Cultural Center, Aynalı Geçit, and Istanbul Modern, will then take off to travel a series of cities, where festival screenings and events will be shown in collaboration with local organizations, beginning with Hatay on March 26th-27th, in collaboration with the Women’s Labor Collective, proceeding to Adana on April 2nd-3rd, with the Adana Women’s Platform, and then Bodrum on April 9th-10th with the Bodrum Women’s Solidarity Association; Mardin on April 16th-17th with the Arin Women’s Center; Izmir on April 23rd-24th with the Izmir Women’s Solidarity Association and Independent Women’s Initiative; and Van on April 29th-30th, with the Van Women’s Association. Thus beginning March 12th, the 14th Annual Filmmor Women’s Festival will be coming to 7 cities, with the hope and desire of living in solidarity, and keeping women alive through solidarity.



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