world cinema

In World Cinema, our new section, we are presenting eleven documentary and fiction feature films and taking you along on a journey to Egypt, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, Iraq, Japan, Morocco and Mexico. Women and athletics are some of the thematic focal points of this journey. While FEATHERS and THE EXAM treat women’s struggles for education and equality, the female Mexican wrestlers in LUCHADORAS use their sport to seize a chance for a better life. In THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT, Julien Faraud pays tribute to the most successful female volleyball team in the history of Japan. And GIRLS CAN’T SURF shows the pioneers of a sport in a male dominated million-dollar industry. However, have no fear, we also have films in the programme that feature men: JAILBREAK PACT, the box office smash from Chile, relates the most spectacular prison break of all time, which took place in 1990, a month before the fall of General Pinochet’s tyrannical regime. Finally, in THE DOG WHO WOULDN’T BE QUIET, the hero is tortured by the Covid lockdown and midlife crisis.

BANTU MAMA

by Ivan Herrera
Dominican Republic 2021 77 min Spanish and French original version with English subtitles

FEATHERS

by Omar El Zohairy
France/Egypt/Netherlands/Greece 2021 112 min Arabic original version with English subtitles

GIRLS CAN’T SURF

by Christopher Nelius
Australia 2020 108 min English original version

JAILBREAK PACT [PACTO DE FUGA]

by David Albala
Chile 2020 94 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

LUCHADORAS

by Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim
Germany/Mexico 2021 73 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

MADALENA

by Madiano Marcheti
Brazil 2021 85 min Portugese original version with English subtitles

SUMMER BLUR
by Han Shuai
China 2020 88 min Mandarin original version with English subtitles

THE DOG WHO WOULDN’T BE QUIET

by Ana Katz
Argentina 2021 73 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

THE EXAM [Ezmûn]

by Shawkat Amin Korki
Iraq/Germany/Qatar 2021 89 min Kurdish original version with German and English subtitles

THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT [LES SORCIÈRES DE L’ORIENT]

by Julien Faraut
France 2021 100 min Japanese original version with English subtitles

ZANKA CONTACT

by Ismaël el Iraki
France/Belgium/Morocco 2020 115 min Arabic original version with English subtitles

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