No longer a child, not yet a woman: Maeve is thirteen, with all the
problems you could have at this age. She is fascinated by growing up,
boys, and most of all, bras and breasts. Her world revolves around her
three friends, Ruth, Claire and Orla. But when she meets the local heartbreaker,
she lets her friends down when they need her the most. With school and
family problems increasing, Maeve learns what’s important in life.
Cinco días sin Nora – Nora’s Will
Nora and Jose have been divorced for 20 years, but they live across
the street from each other in Mexico City. When Nora commits suicide,
finds her and her last will. Before her death, Nora devised a Machiavellian
plan: Jose must organise her funeral! But she overlooked one thing:
a mysterious photograph left under the bed will afflict him profoundly...
Umay escapes from a disastrous marriage in Turkey. With her son Cem,
she returns to her parent’s home in Germany and tries to start
a new life. However, her family wants her to go back to her husband
and restore their honour. Umay fights for her independence, but she
doesn't want to lose the ones she loves. She doesn’t realize
that it’s already too late...
Entre nos – Between Us
Mariana and her two children move from Columbia to New York to join
her husband. But soon, Antonio announces he has found work in Miami and
will go there... alone. Days go by and Mariana has to recognize: he
has left his family alone in a strange country. She has to find a way
for her little family to survive... Lead actress Paola Mendoza has
made this movie out of her mother's life story.
Yuma, a rebellious young woman from a poor and crime-ridden neighborhood
of Managua, dreams of becoming a professional boxer. But circumstances
make it difficult. Yuma has to prove that she is also a fighter outside
of the boxing ring. And then there is this nice student, Ernesto, whom
she has helped out in a pinch and is starting to find really attractive...
Na putu – Zwischen uns das Paradies
Sarajevo 2009: Luna and Amar are modern, happily wed and longing to
have a child. But then Amar is suspended from work for being drunk. He
finds a job in an ultra-orthodox Muslim community at their campsite in
the mountains. When he returns home weeks later, Luna realises that Amar's
attitude towards religion and their relationship has fundamentally changed.
Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep them
Pomegranates and Myrrh
Dancer Kamar’s joyous wedding to Zaid is followed almost immediately
by Zaid’s imprisonment in an Israeli jail for refusing to give
up his land. Free-spirited Kamar wants to support her husband and be
a dutiful wife, but struggles with the idea of abandoning the ground-breaking
work with her dance group and the new choreographer Kais. Both start
to feel attracted towards each other...
Scheherazade – Tell Me a Story
Cairo: Hebba and Karim are a happily married couple. Hebba is the hostess
of a succesful talk show, Karim works at a governmental newspaper.
He is told that he will be appointed as chief editor if his wife avoids
political topics. He persuades her to make a program about ordinary
women instead. But her "non-political" approach will become
even more threatening to the authorities...
The Day I Became a Woman
Women in Iran: Hawa savours her last minutes playing in the streets
with the boys, since from her 9th birthday on this is considered a sin,
as „she is now a woman“. As Ahoo participates in a bicycle
race of black veiled women, her husband gallops up on horseback to divorce
her. Old Houra inherits some money and decides to spend it before she
dies, on the things she always wanted to have...
The Kids Are All Right
A lesbian couple, Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) live
an utterly organised existence with their teenage children, Joni and
Laser, until the two youngsters want to know their biological father – a
sperm donor. They find Paul, an easy-going organic farmer, and bring
him into their lives, unraveling a series of unexpected and hilarious
Lo spazio bianco – The White Space
Maria, a fiercely independent single woman in her late 30s, discovers
she is pregnant after a one night stand. When her daughter is born at
only 6 months, Maria’s life is suddenly put on hold. Over the next
months, she is compelled to spend every day by the incubator, waiting
to see if Irene will live or die. She gradually builds a deep bond with
her fragile child and summons all her strength to support her in this
Her father left, her mother is depressed and withdrawn, so 17 year-old
Ree Dolly takes on the responsibility for keeping her family together
in a dirt-poor rural area of the Ozark mountains. She's horrified to
find out that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail,
and unless he shows up soon, they will lose it. Ree searches for her
father – and puts her own life in danger.
Laura and Daniel meet at work. They have a lot in common: the same sense
of humor and both are outsiders. Laura, her bottle-blond hair, her all-night
parties in the discos, and her many lovers, provides plenty fodder for
gossip. Daniel, the first university graduate with Down’s Syndrome
in Europe, falls in love with her. A story about a bittersweet friendship.
Afghan Girls Can Kick
As a child, Roya had to collect waste paper off the dusty streets of
Kabul's slums in order to find fuel for her family. Now she plays centre-forward
for the Afghan national football team as they prepare for their first
competitive international match. An intimate portrait of the players – young
women breaking the stereotypes set for them by an intensely conservative
Two young women from Israel, as smart and fashionable as any of their
counterparts in Berlin or Buenos Aires. Yet Sarah, the blogger, and Shulamit,
the photographer, both from ultraorthodox jewish families and communities,
have paid a high price to live as modern women. Black Bus tells the story
of their courageous attempt to document the society from which they have – not
completely – escaped.
Hana, dul, sed
For six years director Brigitte Weich documented the lives of the players of the North Korean national women’s soccer team. During this time, they were abruptly "retired" because they failed to qualify for the Olympic Games. A portrait of the women as they took on new jobs or got married and had a family. A rare view of life in Pyongyang, through the eyes of some extra-ordinary sportswomen.
Kick in Iran
Sara is the first female athlete from Iran ever to qualify for the Olympic
Games – and in Taekwondo! Kick in Iran shows her arduous journey
to Beijing 2008 – a constant struggle for self-determination
and recognition. In a male dominated society based on rigid religious
laws, professional athletes like Sara constantly stretch the limits...
The shop windows in Tehran offer passersby an absurd spectacle. Grotesquely dismembered mannequins have become metaphors for Iranian women’s veiled bodies, that may no longer display any traces of femininity, according to the regime’s law. An ironic look into the preposterous outcomes of religious obsession in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Shame – Die Schuld, eine Frau zu sein
Mukhtaran Mai, a young woman in Pakistan, is sentenced by the council
of elders in her village to be gang-raped – because of something
shameful her 12-year-old brother allegedly did to a woman from the
village's most powerful clan! After the incident everyone wants her
to keep silent, or better yet, disappear. But Mukhtaran heads to the
next police station and sets off an avalanche...
Survival in Kabul
Three women in Kabul tell about the current situation in Afghanistan
through their own personal stories. Elke Jonigkeit has accompanied
them with the camera for the past 25 years, from the times of Soviet
occupation, through the aftermath of the Taliban regime. Now the presence
of ISAF troops should offer safety for a western-style democracy. Elke
asks: are the women on the winning side?
We Are Half of Iran's Population
“This is our right. We are not begging from you.“ Iran, 2009 presidential elections: the four candidates are invited to watch a documentary about the discrimination and oppression of Iranian women. Several women's organisations and activists raise their voices, full of courage and firmness. They demand a better life for women. Three of the candidates are willing to answer. But where is Ahmadinedschad?
The “Focus on Africa“ is supported by the Initiative “Aktion Afrika“ of the German Federal Foreign Office, due to a decision of the German Parliament “Bundestag”.
AIDS: The Woman’s Story
Four HIV-positive women from three continents didn’t let themselves
be forced into the edges of society; they became active. They published
magazines, founded support-groups, formed sewing cooperatives, and
they’ve survived for decades. They live normal lives with their
children, have partners and live their sexuality. Apparently their
actions even lead to more political empowerment of women in their societies.
Fighting the Silence
The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo lasted seven years – the
deadliest war ever recorded in Africa and more than 80.000 women and
girls were raped. Only now that the country is formally at peace, do
the consequences of the brutality become truly visible. But rape is
also increasing in everyday life. Courageous people try to break the
taboo and fight against this sexualized violence...
L’excision. Un thème pour tout le monde.– Mädchenbeschneidung.
Eine burkinische Sichtweise.
Half-truths, prejudices, myths – tradition and personal experience
in conflict. Women and men in Africa, circumcisors and victims of FGM
reflect upon Female Genital Mutilation. These „Cine Débats“,
conversations with the public after filmscreenings of Johanna Richter’s
documentary in the most remote areas of Burkina Faso, help to change
this cruel tradition.
Durban, South Africa: fearless and resolute, the „Rough Aunties“ are
a remarkable group of women unwavering in their stand to protect and
care for the abused, neglected and forgotten children. They all work
for the „Operation Bobbi Bear“. A stirring portrait of
five powerful characters, full of grace, wisdom, friendship and a deep
Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Desertification is destroying Kenya. With the ,,Green Belt Movement“ Wangari
Maathai starts to organize women to reforest their country, and to
fight for democracy against a corrupt and totalitarian regime. The
only one to raise her voice against the dictatorship, she sets a political
landslide into motion that will tumble the dictatorship and earn her
the Nobel Peace Prize...
Zanzibar Soccer Queens
“I set time for religion. And I set time for soccer.“ ZANZIBAR
SOCCER QUEENS presents personal stories of aspirations, shattered dreams,
self-determination, friendship and confidence gained from playing football.
Their stories present unique insights into the lives and experiences
of women in modern Africa.