8 March

WOMEN’S DAY | One World, Thousand Women

Join us on 8 March at the cultural free port De Nijverheid for an inspiring and powerful celebration of International Women’s Day!

Under this year’s theme One World, Thousand Women, Movies that Matter, De Nijverheid and Hoogt on Tour will show a programme of four international shorts about women in art and the repression they face, followed by talks and performances. The programme highlights the importance of recognising the role of women as agents of change.

Date: Friday 8 March, 20:30
Location: De Nijverheid – Nijverheidskade 15, 3534 AZ Utrecht
Language: English


Short Films

And Me, I’m Dancing Too – Mohammad Valizadegan
Iran – 21 min

Saba, an Iranian girl, is a dancer. She wants to be indifferent to her surroundings and project this self-being and freedom with her “body”. She is in love with the art of dancing, the art of letting go and living away from conventional bonds but the art of being is forbidden in an ultimately religious state who ignores the very basic human rights. The film is an honest portrait of the daily oppression women have to deal with in Iran towards the path to freedom.

Samira’s Camera – Paula Kweskin
United States – 4 min

Samira is a filmmaker, young mother, and wife who was uprooted from her home following personal threats made by the Taliban. Samira risks her life trawling the streets of Kabul, capturing stories most are too frightened to tell.

Margarethe 89 – Lucas Malbrun
France – 18 min

Leipzig, 1989. Margarethe, a young punk opposed to the East German regime, is detained in a psychiatric hospital. She dreams of breaking out to join the man she loves – a punk musician named Heinrich. Though the regime’s days may well be numbered, the Stasi informants are more present than ever.

L – Pariya Bakhshi
Iran – 14 min

Lora and L are trapped in a cell. Dancing, they try to recall their last choreography. The memory that becomes more and more unattainable, with every movement and dance exercise. This film is a tribute from the Iranian filmmaker, to all generations of women and people in Iran and Afghanistan who, because they dance or sing, are locked up in prisons.


Asmae Amaddaou (Gouda, 2001) is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, bookworm, football fan and all-around nerd. She graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in 2023. She has previously appeared on the stages of Mensen Zeggen Dingen, the Nederlands Film Festival and the Women’s Year Conference. In January 2024, she started the Slow Writing Lab, in which she plans to make and do a lot of shit. Within her writing and research, she likes to deal with topics such as vulnerability, the golden years of FC Barcelona, intersectional feminism, the career of Mia Khalifa, love, Pablo Escobar and God. She dreams of a world where men are not allowed to make podcasts, an African country wins the World Cup and Palestine is free and healed.

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