Insights into women´s worlds 2003
Guests of the Film Festival 2003
Ulrike Baur works as a free lance journalist and film-maker. She
studied Politics, German and Romance philology. She worked for the
protestant news service (“Evangelischer Pressedienst”)
and the broadcasting station “Süddeutscher Rundfunk “
in Stuttgart. In 1990 she was awarded the German radio prize „Hörfunkpreis
der Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Wohlfahrtsverbände“.
Since 1989 Ulrike Baur has directed various documentaries for
the TV channels ARD, ZDF, 3SAT, and ARTE. In her films she concentrates
on topics such as racism, exile and migration, war and its long-term
effects. Since 1993 she has visited the Balkan countries and its
regions of conflict several times. In her films Ulrike Baur tells
about culprits, victims, and refugees, about those who stayed at
home and about helpers, who are stranded themselves. She observes
everyday life “behind the front” – also of young
people and children – in regions, which become increasingly
divided by real as well as by imaginary borders.
Ulrike Baur directed, among others, the following films:
- “Verschwunden- vermisst- verscharrt – zwei Bosnierinnen
suchen ihre Männer” for ARD and WDR/ HR television
(1999), which was presented at the INPUT-Festival 2000 in Halifax.
The film tells the story of two women from Bosnia searching for
their missing husbands.
- “Knochenarbeit – Etwas Alltag zwischen Massengräbern”
(‘everyday life between common graves’) for ZDF television
(2000), nominated for the “Prix Europe “ in 2001.
- “Moderne Sklavinnen – Das Geschäft mit der
Ware Frau” about trafficking in women (“Die Balkanroute”)
for ZDF/ARTE/3SAT television (2002/2003), which was awarded the
“FrauenMedienPreis” (Women’s Media Award) in
Anwar Jamal supported himself through free lance journalism for
his Masters in Hindi Literature, and later in Mass Communications.
While studying, he actively supported Anand Patwardhan, a well-known
documentary film maker, and worked on three of his films. Anwar's
first independent documentary was "The Call of Bhagirathi",
on the question of development and big dams. This film was selected
in the Indian Panorama, and won the first National Award as Best
Investigative Film, in 1992.
Anwar Jamal has done a series of sensitive biographies, for National
Television, on various Hindi writers and and poets: Upendra Nath
Ashk, Baba Nagarjuna, Hari Shankar Parsai, and Ale Ahmed Suroor.
He has produced and directed "Zinda Itihaas", a series
on living cultural legends in India.
He has also produced independent documentaries, "The Women
Betrayed", "Sonamaati", and "Kol Tales",
all of which received national and international awards.
Anwar Jamal has recently finished his first fiction feature film
on the experience of women in panchayats, called "Swaraaj'
(“The Little Republic”), produced by the Institute of
Social Sciences. He has recently established a Trust called Film
Trust India, for supporting independent cinema.
Elke Jonigkeit studied Graphic Arts, Painting, History of Arts,
and Art Education in Braunschweig and Düsseldorf. For ten years
she worked as an arts teacher in Düsseldorf. During that time
she presented various arts exhibitions in Germany as well as abroad.
1979 she founded Circe-Film
Company. Besides managing her company Elke Jonigkeit works as
a fee lance film-maker and artist.
In 1986 she started her Afghanistan project, which today comprises
six TV documentaries, one feature length documentary, the award
winning film "Frauen von Kabul", and a photo exhibition
on women in Afghanistan. In addition to her films Elke Jonigkeit
established an aid project for Afghan women and children in need.
Together with Afghan and German women she founded an association
called "NAZO", working in Afghanistan and Germany. The
women portrayed in the film "Frauen von Kabul" helped
to establish working opportunities for widows. With her photo exhibition
on Afghan women Elke Jonigkeit provided a financial basis for her
Franziska Müller studied History, History of
Arts, and Media Sciences. Additionally, she did a diploma in Gender
Studies, Arts, Media, and Design. She worked for ten years as a
cultural editor and journalist. Currently, she is working for the
peace service") and is able to document very closely how
Palestinian and Israeli women organisations develop alternative
peace strategies. She co-operates with them in various ways, including
Beate Neuhaus studied German Philology and History
in Berlin. She worked as a lecturer at the University of Bremen
and at the Film Academy in Munich. Beate Neuhaus shot a number of
independent films and documentaries in Latin America, where she
visited several countries. She worked for the German development
aid service in Guatemala and supported the building of a media centre,
contributing to the country’s peace process. In Nicaragua
she supervised a TV programme by the Agricultural Reform Ministry.
Besides her film productions Beate Neuhaus currently works for the
German development aid service in Guatemala as well as for the civil
Films by Beate Neuhaus are among others:
- “Alcemos la Voz” (1997) on the massacres in Guatemala
during the time of the “violencia”, which was awarded
first documentary price at the ICARO Festival in Guatemala.
- “El Gran Jaguar” (1997) about the discovery of
the Maya ruins in Tikal, Guatemala.
- “30 Jahre Exil” – “30 years of exile”(1997),
a portrait of two families from Chile.
Beate Neuhaus has just finished her latest film,
which tells the story of a young German woman seeking the roots
of her childhood in Nicaragua.
Agnes Neumayr works as a lecturer for politics and
education at the University of Innsbruck. After working as a nurse
she studied Politics, Education, and Gender Studies in Innsbruck.
During her studies as well as her professional career Agnes Neumayr
realised a variety of projects in the field of development aid politics.
In 2000 she helped to develop an international co-operation
between the two NGO's „KATOWDA - Kandiga Towonga Women Development
Association“ from Northern Ghana and „VIA CAMPESINA“
- an international association of small farmers with their federal
office in Honduras. In 2002 Agnes Neumayr supervised a women's project
in Navrongo (Northern Ghana), which made the building of a community
house for the native women of NARUWA (Natugnia Rural Women Association)
Agnes Neumayr published two newspaper articles; one
of them on the Nankana women in Northern Ghana, who are as well
portrayed in her documentary "Borinboresi" (2002). Besides
dancing and singing an important part of these women's lives is
their art, which they practice collectively while painting their
clay brick houses.
Basil M. Katsaounis
Basil M. Katsaounis is director of photography. He received a degree
in Film Studies at the University of Utah. Today he lives in New
York City. His director of photography credits include four feature
films: “This Ain’t Kansas, Breaking” and "Entering”,
“She Lives By Night” and “An American Diner”.
He has shot innumerable short films and worked on industrial and
commercial projects. His work has competed in many festivals, including
the Milan International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival.
“The Day My God Died” is his first feature length documentary.
Andrew Levine is director and producer with a film
studies degree from the University of Utah. He has written screenplays
and has produced and directed short independent films, which have
been shown at various film festivals. He originally comes from Boston,
but has been living in Utah for the past 12 years.
Andrew Levine has worked in Hollywood with Norman
Lear, Once Upon A Time Film Productions and at the Sundance Film
Festival in Park City, Utah. In 2000 Andrew Levine directed and
produced “The Price of Youth”, a ten-minute expose chronicling
the slave trade between Nepal and India. The short was produced
with ‘Witness’, a human rights media organization founded
by musician/activist Peter Gabriel. The film was released on the
internet and Andrew presented clips from the film on the Oprah Winfrey
His feature length documentary “The Day My God Died”,
which was released in 2002, tells the story of Nepalese girls who
were kidnapped from their villages and sold into sex slavery. The
film shows how some of the former victims try to liberate the girls
from their prisons and give them a new perspective in their life.
For his film Andrew Levine has brought together an extraordinary
crew with Tim Robbins as narrator and Winona Ryder as producer and
narrator. Two experts supported the production: congressman Jim
McDermott working on health care issues in the USA and Matthew S.
Friedman, advisor for the Office of Health and Family Planning to
US Aid/Bangladesh dealing with girl trafficking in Asia. David Robbins,
who composed the music for “Dead Man Walking”, has created
the film’s music.
Artist and filmographer Shira Richter was born in the United States,
but her family came to Israel when she was seven years old. After
the army she studied Design in New York and attended the Bezalel
Academy of Arts in Tel Aviv. In addition, she studied Film at Camera
Obscura in Tel Aviv, and Film Acting with pioneer Ruth Diakess.
She educated herself about Feminism from authors such as Clarissa
Pinkola Estes, Erica Jung, Naomi Wolf, Simon De Bauvoir, Nancy Friday.
The ‘discovery’ of feminism thinking and writing has
been a major turning point in her life and work, inspiring her to
commit herself to “spreading the female voice and point of
After her award winning Drama Comedy “Scream Quietly”
Shira Richter supported herself by working as Assistant Director
and Script supervisor in numerous feature films and by writing screenplays
for advertisements and features.
Shira Richter worked as a TV news reporter and documentary director
and she performs her bi-lingual poetry in front of nightclub audiences
all over Tel Aviv. “Is it Funny” is an independent film
she shot about women comedians based on the book “Fire with
Fire” by Naomi Wolf. Shira Richter teaches film and is currently
working on a photo exhibition called “The unreturned Loan”.
Shira Richter is involved in the Citizens’ Accord Forum
between Jews and Arabs in Israel, and “Women for Birth”
– an organization for legalizing home birth, creating alternative
birth centers and creating an atmosphere of respect around the birth
process at hospitals.
Hanna Smitmans is an artist and filmmaker. She studied fine arts
at Gerrit -Rietveld –Akademie in Amsterdam and has made several
video projects on the topic of „women and migration“.
Gertraud Schwarz studied Photography and Visual Media Design in
Vienna and London. During her studies she produced a number of video
installations and short videos, which were presented to the public
through several exhibitions in Austria and England. Her works were,
for instance, shown at the "Fine Arts Final Year Show"
in London in 2000 and at the International Film Festival in Innsbruck
in 2003. Moreover, Gertraud Schwarz took part in exhibitions presented
at the Austrian "Südfilmfestival" and at the "Panorama
of Independent Film Makers" in Thessaloniki.
Works by Gertraud Schwarz are, among others, the award-winning
video clips "Hot Spots I and II", the video installation
"Abhängigkeitssysteme", the documentary "Borinboresi"
and its complementary photo exhibition.
From 1980 to 1983 Sabiha Sumar studied Filmmaking and Political
Sciences in New York, afterwards she studied International Relations
at the University of Cambridge from 1984 to 1985.
Sabiha Sumar has used her documentaries to critique society and
sensitise people about women’s lives. Her first film, “Who
Will Cast The First Stone” (for Channel Four, UK, 1987, Golden
Gate Award at the San Francisco Film Festival) focuses on the working
class women's protest against Islamic laws introduced in Pakistan
in 1979 by General Zia's regime. “Don’t Ask Why”
(for ZDF/3Sat, 1999) looks at the dreams and aspirations of a 17
year-old Muslim girl growing up in Pakistan against the backdrop
of increasing religiosity in the society. “Silent Waters”
(“Khamosh Pani”) is her first feature film.
1988 WHO WILL CAST THE FIRST STONE (tv doc)
1999 DON’T ASK WHY (tv doc)
2003 KHAMOSH PANI (SILENT WATERS)
2003 FOR A PLACE UNDER THE HEAVENS (tv doc)