Insights into women´s worlds 2004

Short Descriptions of the Movies and Documentaries 2004


Blue Gate Crossing
Yee Chih-Yen

Taiwan 2002, 85 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

A beautiful and poetic film from Taiwan. Three teenagers experience their first time love and one of them has to find the courage to admit her different and socially unaccepted way of being.

Bratislava International Film Festival Award 2002.


Casa de los Babys
John Sayles

USA/Mexico 2003, 96 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, english/spanish with english subtitles

With an analytical and sometimes satirical eye, filmmaker John Sayles, known for his socially committed films, takes a special look at the phenomenon of "motherhood” contrasting the rich North and the poor South: childless US-American women adopt children of poor Mexican mothers. The results are encounters of a kind that are often bizarre and tragicomic.


Cautiva (Cauptive)
Gastón Birabén

Argentina 2003, 115 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

When 15-year old Cristina finds out that her natural parents disappeared during the period of military dictatorship in Argentina she engages on a dramatic journey of discovery about her roots and the secret of her birth in a clandestine detention centre.

Award as best Latin American film at San Sebastián.

Director present
Introduction by Jeanine Meerapfel


El Kotbia – (The Bookstore)
Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba

Tunisia 2002, 103 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

A small almost forgotten bookstore becomes the centre of powerful feelings of two Tunisian women from different generations – a young, beautiful lower class woman with a gorgeous voice, an older widow from a forced marriage. Both of them are trying to find their own way of dealing with restricting traditions and daring freedom. A gripping film of Tunisian filmmaker Nawfel Saheb-Ettaba that received the award for the best African movie at the Montreal World Film Festival 2003.

Director present


En Garde
Ayse Polat

Germany 2004, 94 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, DF

Germany 2004, 94 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, DF

In a catholic school, 16 year old Alice who was abandoned by her mother meets the young Kurdish girl Berivan. Her reluctantly growing friendship is put to the test when Berivan falls in love with Ilir and Alice becomes jealous ...

Silver Leopard award for best movie and Golden Leopard award for the two principle actresses Maria Kwiatkowsky and Pinar Erincin at Locarno Film Festival.

Director present


Sylke Enders

Germany 2003, 92 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, DF

Life of 17-year old hardmouthed Kroko from Berlin changes suddenly after she provokes a car accident with a cyclist and is condemned to social work in a project of disabled youngsters. Although she finally starts identifying with her new job, considered “uncool” by her ex-friend and peer-group, in the end she still has to find her own definition of belonging.

German Film Award 2004 in silver.


Le truc de Konaté
Fanta Régina Nacro

Burkina Faso 1998, 31 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

A man's life is turned upside down when one of his wives refuses to have sexual intercourse with him without a condom.

Award winner at the Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival 1999



Mama Africa

At our festival two of six dynamic tales of modern Africa will be presented. The movies are directed by Africa’s most skilful and imaginative women filmmakers.We will screen two movies from this set. Each story will present an entirely different perspective and continental reality. Yet a common thread portraying the comic, tragic, and passionate side of modern life in Africa unites the whole.

We will show the following films:


A Close-up on Bintou
Fanta Régina Nacro

Burkina Faso/France 2001, 26 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

“A Close-up on Bintou” portrays the self-elevation – against all odds – of a downtrodden housewife into a dynamic businesswoman. Joyfully satirical, Nacro pushes aside the stereotypes of dignified African tradition and tackles sexuality, gender relations, and even the fraught relationship between traditional and modern with side-splitting results.

Special Jury Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2002 and Cannes Film Festival Award 2001.


Zulfah Otto-Sallies

South Africa 2001, 26 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, EF

After years of prison because of dealing drugs, Raya wants to begin a new life with her daughter Yasmin. The difficulties of leaving behind her own criminal past and of winning back the faith of the people she loves are shown in this extremely touching film from Zulfah Otto-Sallies.


Poupées d’Argile
Nouri Bouzid

Tunisia/France 2002, 90 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmU

A poetic and at the same time explosive film from Tunisia. It’s the story of Omrane and the girls Rebeh and Feddah who were brought by him as housemaids to Tunis. When Rebeh runs away the three destinies get tied together in an unexpected way and Omrane is confronted again with his unhappy past as houseboy.

Fribourg International Film Festival Award 2003 and Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film Award 2002.

Director present.


Yamina Bachir Chouikh

Algeria/France 2002, 100 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmU

Algeria in the times of terror. Young teacher Rachida refuses to give into the omnipresent fear. She believes, there is still another Algeria, with a future of peace. A thrilling movie about civilian courage and hope.

Amiens International Film Festival Award 2002; London Film Festival Award 2002.


The Fifth Reaction
Tahmineh Milani

Iran 2003, 106 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

One of the best known filmmakers in Iran, Tahmineh Milani gives us a humorous and captivating introduction to the Iranian legal system, highly unfair towards women. Based on real events, she tells us the story of Fereshte who has to run away with her children after the death of her husband, since her father in law wants to take away her children.

Awarded at different festivals.


When Maryam spoke out
Assad Fouladkar

Lebanon 2001, 89 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmeU

What happens if your own feelings are in conflict with social norms, asks Lebanese filmmaker Assad Fouladkar in this captivating and many times awarded movie. A happily married woman is found to be unable to bear children and her environment urges her husband, who loves her, to take another wife. A movie which no-one will forget easily, with a wonderful and impressive leading actress.

It was many times awarded at international filmfestivals, among others at the Cartago Filmfestival 2002.


Kenny Glenaan

Great Britain 2004, 87 Min., feature film, 35 mm, colour, OmU

After September 11th, Yasmin, a young British Pakistani finds herself trapped between the Muslim patriarchal traditions and the discriminations and persecutions of the British mainstream-society, two sides which she thought to have been able to balance quite well up to then. But now Yasmin has to make some choices...

Locarno Film Festival Award.

Archie Panjabi, main actress present.




Algeriens Töchter
Faouzia Fékiri and Francis Fehr

France 2004, 50 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmU

Algerian women express their opinion on the status of women in their society – today. It is also about the choice between living a modern life and being oppressed by radical Islamism.


Daughter from Danang
Gail Dolgin and Vicente Franco,

USA/Vietnam 2002, 83 Min., documentary , video, colour, EF

How does it feel to return after 22 years living in the US to your birthplace Vietnam, a country that you hardly remember? How is it to get reunited with a family that is yours, but has a totally different code of values? “Daughter from Danang” is more than just a family drama - it makes us witness a violent clash of Eastern and Western values.

Sundance Film Festival Award 2002 and Oscar-nominated in 2003.


Die Macht der Männer ist die Geduld der Frauen
Cristina Perincioli

Germany 1978, 76 Min., Dokufiktion, 16mm, colour, DF

Germany’s first women’s refuge opened in 1976 in West Berlin. Two years later, Cristina Perincioli shot her movie about a woman who runs away from her brutal husband, together with her child, and seeks shelter in a women’s refuge. Thus she witnesses the very beginning of this important social institution.

After the screening there will be a discussion with the movies actress, co-scriptwriter and activist Elisabeth Rubrecht and with women of Tübingen’s women’s refuge.

Main actress and co-scriptwriter present


Lisa Boerstra

Netherlands 2004, 24 Min., documentary , video, colour, OmeU

A beautifully filmed documentary on the women of Curacao, who are forced to rely on themselves, by young Dutch filmmaker Lisa Boerstra.


For a Place under the Heavens (Ein Stück Himmel)
Sabiha Sumar

Pakistan 2003, 53 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmeU

Today, women in Pakistan have to deal with an increasing influence by Islam on state affairs and institutions. How they manage to cope with it and how it actually got that far is the topic of this documentary that offers a special insight into present and past Pakistan.


Flucht in den Tod – Frauen verbrennen sich selbst
Sophie and Didier Rosengart / Hessischer Rundfunk

Germany 2004, 30 Min., documentary, video, colour, DF

Herat, a province of Afghanistan, in the last year: 200 women burned themselves to death. This movie shows the cycle those women are captured in which starts from non-education and leads to suicide.

Director present



Gender Montage, Paradigms in Post Soviet Space

Nine documentaries from post-Soviet countries (Azerbaidjan, Estonia, Georgia, Kyrgyzistan, Lithuania, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan) which reveal political, social and economic aspects of gender problems in post-Soviet space.

We will screen the following four films of the set of these movies:


Beauty of the Fatherland
Jaak Kilmi and Andres Maimik

Estonia 2001, 50 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmeU

Two surprising models of new Estonian women: a super model and a Girl Scout troupe leader who seemingly embody totally opposing values, yet promote the same stereotypes of patriarchy and nationalism.


Power: Feminine Gender
Nina Rudik and Vlad Gello

Ukraine 2003, 22 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmeU

Even in countries with traditional matriarchal structures – here the Ukraine – women are more and more politically marginalized. The recipe: in agriculture and mid-sized enterprise they are allowed leadership, in national Parliament they are almost non-existent. Yet there are refreshing examples of local, non-conventional women´s dominance in a mayor´s office.


Tomorrow will be better?
Monika Juozapaviciute

Lithuania 2003, 40 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmeU

Four destinies of women from independent Lithuania – a political scientist, a small business owner, an actress and a farmer – who seek their own paths in the new reality of post-Soviet societies with varying degrees of success.


Wishing for seven sons and one daughter von Ali-Isa Djabbarov

Azerbaijan 2002, 25 Min., documentary, video, colour, OmeU

What happens in a society in which women do not count and men rule like real patriarcs? A society in which you wish a bride seven sons and (only) one daughter? This documentary from Azerbaijan shocks, arouses and gives those women who question this old tradition a chance to speak up.


Heirate mich! (Casate conmigo!)
von Uli Gaulke, Jeannette Eggert

Cuba/Germany 2003, 105 Min., documentary, 35 mm, colour, DF

During his vacations in Cuba, Erik from Hamburg has fallen in love with Gladys from Havana. One year later the two get married and Erik takes Gladys and her son Omarito to Germany. The two filmmakers Uli Gaulke and Jeannette Eggert have followed the two newly weds for one year and the film gives an impressive and often satirical insight into the complexity of two cultures living under the same roof.

Århus Film Festival Award 2003.


Mein Mann, der Mörder meiner Tochter
von Ulrike Baur, Preview

Germany 2004, 30 Min., documentary, video, colour, DF

Honour crimes in the midst of Germany: Hanife Gashi’s husband kills their oldest daughter Ulerika. But Hanife breaks her silence. This documentary accompanies Hanife and her three daughters during eight months, since the first anniversary of the murder in march 2003.

Director and Hanife Gashi will be present



Mother to Child
Jane Lipman

South Africa 2001, 40 Min., documentary, video, colour, EF?

The prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV come vividly to life in this astounding documentary, which follows the lives of two pregnant and HIV-positive women. It reveals their expectations, hopes, and inevitable fears concerning not only the health of their babies, but the trauma around the disclosure of their status to their families and partners as well.


My Terrorist
Yulie Cohen-Gerstel

Israel 2002, 58 Min., documentary, video, colour, DF

A passionate Israeli nationalist, previous victim of a terrorist attack, becomes a committed peace activist. With this autobiographical documentary Israeli filmmaker Yulie Cohen-Gerstel makes an impressive plea for peace in the Palestine conflict.


Price of Honour
Johan Asard

Sweden 2003, 46 Min., documentary, video, colour, EF

Young Kurdish immigrant Pela Atroshi was murdered by her own father for reasons of family honour. Johan Åsard is tracing back the life of Pela Atroshi and reminds us that honour killings are also taking place in the midst of Europe.

Finalist Award at The New York Festivals in 2002 in the category of Television Documentary & Information Programs.


Sterben für die Männerehre (Jordan)
Lena Pettersson and Peter Löfgren / WDR

Sweden/Jordan 1999, 60 Min., documentary, video, colour, DF

Lena Pettersson und Peter Löfgren give us an interesting insight into the phenomenon of honour killings in modern Jordan. Around one third of all yearly occuring homicides in Jordan can be identified as honour killings. After the screening of the documentary there will be a discussion with Jordanian journalist Rana Husseini who was the first to bring these killings to the Jordanian public and to call for an abolition of this archaic tradition.

A Speaker from Jordan will be present for discussion.


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