Under the patronage of HRH Princess Basma bint Talal,
UN Women Goodwill Ambassador,
On the occasion of International Women’s Day
UN Women and the Royal Film Commission Jordan
invite you to attend the 8th edition of the
Women’s Film Week
From Monday 9th until Friday 13th of March 2020
at 6:00 and 8:00 PM
The Rainbow Theater – Jebel Amman- 1st Circle
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Monday 9 March
Waad Al-Kateab and Edward Watts, 96 min, Documentary, Arabic with English subtitles, UK, 2019
“For Sama” tells the astonishing story of 26-year old female Syrian filmmaker, Waad al-Kateab, who filmed her life in rebel-held Aleppo through five years of the Syrian uprising. She fell in love, got married and had a daughter all while filming the violence raging around her and in particular documenting the challenges the conflict imposed on women and children. Along with a close group of friends, she stayed in the city to fight for her dream of a free Syria, a struggle that ended in their defeat and exile.
Waad is a symbol for our times, the epitome of a bold, brave woman prepared to risk her life for what she believes, in a year when women are finally becoming the heroes of their own stories. Her story is an epic tale of the survival of love and courage amid the cruelty of war.
“For Sama” has been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Feature Award at the 92nd Oscars Academy Awards. The film has won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary, the British Independent Film Award for British Independent Film and the European Film Award for Best Documentary.
Monday 9 March
Louis-Julien Petit, 102 min, Comedy/ Drama, in French with English subtitles, France, 2018
In a gray northern city of France, a coterie of women — the persistent if somewhat naïve Audrey, the no-nonsense Manu, the sweet and soon-to-be single Helene, and the trash-talking Angelique — runs a day shelter for homeless females, offering them a warm shower, a hot meal, a little camaraderie and some necessary career guidance.
When municipal officials decide that the shelter isn’t helping enough people get off the streets and back to work, they shut it down, leaving Audrey and Manu to deal with the consequences. The two soon decide to keep it open clandestinely, allowing their girls to stay there overnight while training them in the day to become confident and functioning members of society.
Tuesday 10 March
Natalia Beristáin, 85 min, Drama, in Spanish with English subtitles, Mexico, 2017
Rosario Castellanos is an introverted university student, who doesn't seem to belong to her time. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, she is fighting to have voice heard in a society run by men. She is about to become one of the biggest female writers in Mexican literature, but her tumultuous love story with Ricardo Guerra will manifest her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, she will ignite a discussion that will mark a turning point in her life
The film has won the Ariel Award for Best Actress.
Tuesday 10 March
Maria Was Here (Britt-Marie var här länk!)
Tuva Novotny, 97 min, Comedy/ Drama and Sport, in Swedish with English subtitles, Sweden, 2019
Britt-Marie, 63 years old, has just left a 40-year-old marriage and her long life as a house wife. Being told she is a nagging passive aggressive aunt, what she got is only a job in small town Borg will be quite challenging. This town has no pride left except the young soccer team and Britt-Marie's new job is to coach them. This is the start of a journey filled with not only struggles and challenges, but also warmth and love.
The movie was nominated for Guldbagge Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Wednesday 11 March
Tedy Necule, 84 min, Drama, Romanian with English Subtitles, Romania, 2018
A subway stops between the stations on the morning after the fire in the Collective Club. Each one in its path, travelers are together and are starting to interact. We're strangers until something brings us together. If we open up, we notice that we have what to share with those around us. We are close to others in the world, as we are in a subway car.
Preconceptions fall when we are allowed to see beyond appearances. Subway characters have various life stories. A hidden priest, a newly-released prisoner, a nurse, a young pregnant, three students, a couple of elders, a couple of parents saddened by the disappearance of their son, three lame guys, a dancer and two Moldovans. What is going on when we discover the stories of those we spend time with day after day?
Wednesday 11 March
Maria Peters, 137 min, Drama/ Biography, in Dutch and English with English subtitles, Netherlands, 2018
Based on a true story, Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct a symphony, is torn by ambition and love as she tries to overcome the bias against female musicians.
In the 1920’s, Brico aspires to become the first woman to lead an orchestra but after she arouses the interest of Frank, she is torn between ambition and love. She flees to Holland, where conductor Mengelberg tells her to see Karl Muck, who gets her accepted into the Berlin State Academy. Her debut is a success but the resulting forces her to return to the US, where the bias against women musicians inspires her to start a female orchestra.
Thursday 12 March
7 MESAS (Seven Billiard Tables)
Gracia Querejeta, 116 min, Drama, Spanish with English Subtitles, Spain, 2007
Angela and her son Guille travel to the big city to see Leo, her father, and the boy's grandfather, who suddenly becomes ill. They arrive to discover that he has just passed away. Charo, the dead man's mistress, explains the dire straits suffered by the paternal business: a hall with seven billiard tables. Charo is convinced that the only way to pay off the debts is to sell the place.
Meanwhile, Angela learns that her husband has disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Given this painful reality, Angela resolves to get on and rebuild her life. And the first thing she decides to do is put her savings into getting the old place and its seven tables back up on its feet.
Thursday 12 March
YIM Soon-rye, 104 min, Drama, in Korean with Arabic subtitles, Korea, 2018
No job, bad romance, and terrible grades. Nothing goes smoothly in young Hye-won’s life in a big city. She puts her unsolved matters behind and impulsively returns to her hometown. There she reunites with her childhood friends carrying on with their unusual rural life in their own way. From that winter, Hye-won’s days are filled with simple but peaceful moments. Throughout the four seasons, Hye-won slowly finds the real pleasure of living a simple life, and realizes the genuine reason to return homeland. New spring is approaching, and she puts the first step in her brand new life.
The film has won the New Actress Award at Chunsa Film Festival.
Friday 13 March
A Woman of Purpose
Jean-Daniel Lafond, 52 min, Documentary, In English and French with Arabic subtitles, Canada, 2016
In 2005, Michaëlle Jean became the Governor General of Canada. A social activist, global citizen, and black woman, she would redefine the possibilities of that office. While her national priorities were at-risk youth, women, and indigenous peoples, her international success came from her cultural diplomacy.
“Michaëlle Jean: A Woman of Purpose” is an intimate and sensitive portrait of the stateswoman she came to be.
Friday 13 March
RBG - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Betsy West and Julie Cohen, 97 min, In English with Arabic subtitles, Documentary, USA, 2019
At the age of 85, U.S. Supreme Court Justice - Ruth Bader Ginsburg - has developed a lengthy legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But the unique personal journey of her rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now. RBG explores Ginsburg's life and career.
The film has received the Critics' Choice Documentary Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and Cinema Eye Honors.
|Film Screenings at Khawarizmi International Academy|
Monday 9 March
Solveig Melkeraaen, 85 min, Documentary, In Norwegian with Arabic subtitle, Norway, 2017
In the northern part of Norway, Tobias and many other children work as cod tongue cutters. The tongues are considered a delicacy, and they are exported around the world to countries like China and Japan. However, in Northern Norway, they are simply everyday food when in season.
The children start from the age of six and can earn a lot of money during a winter season. This job has always been reserved for the children, as long as the fishing industry has existed. They even have their own cod tongue cutting championship every February. This winter, city girl – Ylva - from Oslo will spend her winter vacation up in the North. Usually, she lives far away from cod heads, sharp knives, fish blood, and intestines, but this winter she will visit her grandparents to try and learn the art of cutting tongues, just like her mother and her grandfather did before her.
|Monday 9 March|
Maria Di Razza, 9 min, Short Animation, In Italian with English subtitle, Italy, 2014
It is the story of a woman who falls a victim to the excesses of cosmetic surgery which she uses to pursue her dream of beauty, only to eventually change her mind in a game of cinephile quotes and references to other works and authors of the seventh art.
|Tuesday 10 March|
Selma Vilhunen, 88 min, Documentary, Finnish with English subtitles, Finland, 2017
A funny and moving film about teenagers with growing pains, who discover their own voices and talents through riding and making hobby horses. Playing with hobbyhorses is traditionally a child’s play, but today’s teenagers have brought the scene to a new level. Hobbyhorse Revolution follows Aisku, Elsa, Alisa and their friends for two and a half years. As the girls grow, the hobby evolves and expands to become a phenomenon for thousands of people in Finland.
The film has won the Jussi Award for Best Documentary.