Filmfestival 2002: A Glimpse into the Worlds of Women  

The Movies 2002 

The day I became a woman (Opening Film)
Marziyeh Meshkini
Iran, 2000, feature film, 74 Min, 35mm, English subtitles
13 international film prizes, script: Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

Three episodes within the lives of Iranian women: a young girl enjoys the last minutes of her freedom as a child, which will be denied to her as a nine-year-old “woman”. A bicycle race, a black shrouded woman, a husband and a Mullah on horseback, a divorce, followed by an uprising of the entire male clan against the rebel. An old woman wants to afford what she never had in her whole life.

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by Mohsen Makhmalbaf,
Iran 1996, feature film, 75 min., 35 mm, English subtitles

The wonderfully colorful Gabbeh carpets are inspired by everyday life of the nomadic family clans. In the colors of these carpets, within the impressive landscape of south eastern Iran, this poetic film tells the story of Gabbeh - she is the tribal ruler’s stubborn daughter, who rebels against her father to defend her forbidden love.

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Annas Sommer
By Jeanine Meerapfel,
Germany/Spain/Greece 2002, 108 min., 35 mm, German subtitles

Against the sparkling backdrop of the Aegean Sea, Anna (Angela Molina) seeks the spirits of her Sephardic Jewish family and at the same time dives into the sensual presence of the island…

The director, Jeanine Meerapfel, introduces the film and is present for conversation with the public.

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by Hark Bohm
Germany, 1988, feature film, 82 Min., 35 mm, German version

Yasemin goes to school, practices Judo and appears to be a completely integrated teen-age Turkish girl in Germany, daughter of a liberal father. That changes dramatically when she starts to date a German boy, who her father thinks is a bad candidate for marriage.

Desembarcos- Never Forget
by Jeanine Meerapfel
Germany/Argentina 1986-89, 74 Min., documentary, 16 mm, German version

In a workshop for film directing in Buenos Aires, Jeanine Meerapfel deals with the past of Argentina’s dictatorship, together with young Argentinean students. The theme of their films is fear; however, this prize winning documentary also touches upon the hopes and dreams of the younger generation in the country where the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo continue to search for their daughters and grandchildren, who were kidnapped and disappeared by the military dictatorship.

The Turkish woman Leaves
by Jeanine Meerapfel,
Germany, 1985, Documentary, 88 Min., 16 mm, Color, German version

Melek doesn’t fit the cliché of the oppressed Turkish woman. She is self-confident, intelligent, realistic; she wears a smile on her face and sadness in her eyes. Now she is giving up her life in Germany and returning to Turkey after 14 years.


In the Land of My Parents
by Jeanine Meerapfel,
Germany 1981, Documentary, 93 Min. 16 mm, Color, German version

This film is a sort of personal journal for Jeanine Meerapfel, as she embarks on the search for the roots of her Jewish identity within the German reality - a process, which leads to more questions than to clear answers, particularly about German reality.

The director, Jeanine Meerspfel, is in attendance to answer questions after the film.

Divorce Iranian Style
By Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini,
England/Iran, 1998, 87 Min., Documentary, 16 mm, Colour, English version

With humor, tears, patience, a few lies and incredible determination, Iranian women successfully fight in court for their divorces.

by Ousmane Sembene
Senegal 2000, 120 Min., feature film, 35 mm, Colour, French with German subtitles

Faat Kine, a successful business woman managing a gas station in Dakar, has had to fight hard to survive economically. Abandoned by the fathers of her two children, she has nevertheless succeeded, in her job, upbringing her children, and maintaining her high spirits - a humorous look at a strong woman.  

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Time of Men, Time of Women
by Moufida Tlatli
Tunesia/France 2000, 124 Min., feature film, 35 mm, Colour, German subtitles

Director Moufida Tlatli, one of the few female film makers in the Arabian world, artistically weaves the tale about the lives of Tunisian women from three generations - their struggle for independence between tradition and modernization.

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On the Shores of Women without Men
by Lu’u Trong Ninh,
Vietnam, 2000, 90 Min., feature film, 35 mm, Colour, German subtitles

A small Vietnamese village is populated almost entirely by women, elderly people and children. This very sensitive film shows how the decades of absence of warring men has made women the real heroes of this south eastern Asian country. The film also tells of their unsatisfied yearnings . . .

The Rice Field
by Rithy Panh,
Kambodscha, France, Switzerland, 1994, feature film, 125 min., 16 mm, German subtitles

This feature film of Cambodian director Panh gently depicts the solidarity of a family of orphaned girls between the ages of 4 and 15, together with their rice field, which has made their survival possible and whose rhythm give form to their lives.

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The Family in the Rice Field
by Pierre Allain Meier,
France, Switzerland, Germany, 1994, Documentary, 24 min, Video, in German.

The “making of...” „The Rice Field“ by Pierre Allain Meier, depicts the coalescence of the family, whose daughters are portrayed by traditional temple dancers from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

Light Warrior
by Monika Treut,
Germany 2001, Documentary, 90 min., 35 mm, Colour, Portuguese/English with German subtitles

The warrior of the Light Yvonne Bezerra de Mello (named after a poem from Paulo Coelho), a sculptor from the Brazilian upper-class, dedicates her empathy and touching solidarity as lone advocate for the street children of Rio de Janeiro. She is, in turn, despised and attacked by her own social class.

by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini,
England/Iran 2001, Documentary, 87 min., 35 mm, Colour, Iranian with German subtitles

Girls, who have run away from home, find asylum in a state-run Iranian home for girls. The charismatic director of the center together with them sorts out the alternatives: either back to the family or independence.

Rigoberta Menchu
by Felix Zurita,
Guatemala 1992, Documentary, 21 Min. Video, Colour, German subtitles

The images of this film show scenes from meetings of Indian organizations throughout the Americas; landscapes, people fleeing, small farmers hard at work on the plantations and religious rites. We meet Rigoberta Menchu telling the story of her people, which is also the story of many Latin American people.

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Two Days of Silence under Torture – Elisabeth Käsemann, a German Fate
by Frieder Wagner, Oswaldo Bayer,
Germany, 1991, Documentary, 45 Min., Video, Colour, in German

On July 16, the 30 year old Elisabeth Käsemann was buried at the Lustnau Cemetery in Tübingen. Her parents publicly announced: “We have buried today our daughter, born on May 11th 1947 and murdered on May 27th 1977 by the military dictatorship in Buenos Aires. She gave her life for the sake of freedom and justice in a beloved country.” Elisabeth is one of 72 German, who were victims of the Argentinean dictatorship.

Kick it like Beckham
by Gurinder Chadha,
USA/Great Britain/ Germany 2002, Feature film, 112 Min., 35 mm, Colour, German subtitles

18-year old Jess doesn’t want to be a conventional Indian. She wants to play soccer, like her idol Beckham. This fast paced, teenage comedy takes on cultural expectations of femininity as well among Indian immigrants, as among average British families.

Red ribbon around my house
by Portia Rankoane,
South Africa/Finland, 2001, 25 Min., Video, Colour, English Version

An extremely joyous and strong South African elder named Pinky fights with impressive will against AIDS.


Vos que sos mi hermana
by Yolanda Olmos,
Nicaragua/Spain 1999, Documentary, 60 Min., Video, Colour, Spanish with German subtitles

An organization of Nicaraguan women have managed to live virtually without men, and develop a number of social projects for women such as midwifery training and birthing homes. Additionally, they have had to creatively fight for a place in typically male dominated professions.

These Hands
by Flora M'Mbugu-Schelling,
Tansania 1992, 45 Min., Documentary, 16 mm, German subtitles

This extraordinary documentary portrays the lives of women, who live and work with their children in a quarry. They break down boulders into small stones with simple hammers for the construction of streets. Occasionally, they express what their work means to them through song or dance.
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by Daniela Nase/SWR,
Germany, 1997, Documentary, 26 Min., Video, Colour, in German

After living for five years as a refugee in Cologne, Meliha makes her way back to her home town in Bosnia. This film accompanies her on her journey and throughout her first year in Sarajevo




Explosion of Silence
by Annette von Wangenheim/ WDR,
Germany 2002, Documentary, 45 min., Video, Colour, in German

Women in Yemen – the majority of them wear the black full length veil, however – they distribute women’s magazines, work as doctors, and run for office.

In cooperation with WDR.  

© Foto: Annette von Wangenheim

Lagrimas en mis sueños (Tears of Dreams)
by Maria Jose Alvarez and Marta Clarissa Hernandez,
Nicaragua, 1997, Documentary, 30 Min. Video, Colour, in English

A teen-age mother from the Nicaraguan Atlantic coast speaks. She gave birth to her first of four children,( from different fathers), at the age of 15. She tells of her experiences and of her family history handed down from generation to generation.



Imiti Ikula
by Sampa Kangwa-Wilkie, Simon Wilkie,
Sambia/Finland, 2001, 26 min, Video, Colour, in English

Memory, a tom-boy, living on the streets in South Africa, is antagonized and abused. However, she defends her honor vehemently – she is no beggar and works to survive. And: she has AIDS. This film is an impressive portrait of a courageous girl, who shares food and fire in solidarity with other street kids. Her dream is to be able to buy a pair of sun glasses for the coming eclipse of the sun.


Women under the sun  
by Sobhi al Zobaidi,
Palaestina 1998, Documentary, 58 min.,Video, Colour, English subtitles

Amidst the traumatic circumstances of the occupation of Palestine, the Palestinian Parliament examine increasing Fundamentalism in Palestine and one of its terrible expressions: “suicides” supposedly committed by Palestinian women.



Hay mish Eishi (This is no Life)
by Alia Arasoughly,
Palestina, 2001 Documentary, 42 Min., Video, Colour, German subtitles

Eight Palestinian women living under occupation – what does war mean to them? How do they get through their daily lives? What visions of peace do they have? This is an image, contrary to the average pictures disseminated throughout the world, of women under conditions of war, where women make their essential contribution to the politics of peace with their way of handling conflicts.



Like War...
by Deepa Dhanraj,
India/Great Britain, 1991, Documentary, 52 min., 16 mm, Colour, German subtitles

The forty year old history of the Indian state politics concerning forced and mass sterilization, supported by international organizations, will be elucidated critically. The meaning of reproduction, sexuality, children and marriage are the topics of sensitive discussions in an Indian women’s group.

by Aradhana Seth,
England/India, 2002, Documentary, 50 Min. Video, Colour, in English

The renowned Indian author, Arundhati Roy must spend a day in jail, because she dared to critizise Indian jurisdiction: in doing so, she defended the rights of the Adivasi people, and of the poor people in India, against the damage done by the huge dam projects.. This tiny and subtle woman uses her talent with words to reveal complex interconnections, as a weapon with amazing precision.  

Cut into Life
by Dagmar Brendecke, Anke Mueller-Belecke, SWR,
Germany, 1999, 50 Min., Video, Colour, in German

African women tell of their wounds, well as of their efforts and strategies to fight against the cruel tradition of genital mutilation.


by Tamara Staudt,
Germany 1999, feature film, 88 min., 35 mm, Colour, German version

16 year old Russian-German, Svetlana, takes the first difficult steps to release herself from the home of her parents and the land of her heritage, to take a place in her new country. In this process, a few detours are necessary.

El dia que me quieras (The Day That You Will Love Me)
by Florence Jeauguey,
Nicaragua, 2000, Documentary, 60 min., Video, Colour, Spanish with German subtitles

A look at a few days in the pulsating life of the policewomen, social workers, and clients in a police station for abused women in a suburb of the capitol, Managua. With much perseverance, sometimes also with a sense of humor, they work hard to help these women.



Amores que matan (Love that kills)
by Iciar Bollain,
Spain, 2000, feature film, 20 min., 35 mm, Color, German subtitles

This is a tragicomic look at violent men, who in this short feature film, don’t always come willingly to the center for rehabilitation to break the cycle of violence in marriage.

Remote Sensing
by Ursula Biemann,
Switzerland 2001, Documentary, 60 min.,Video, Colour, English with German subtitles

With the use of satellite pictures, and onsite filming, this documentary brings our attention to the magnitude of international trade with women in the whole world.



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