Despite growing media coverage and advancements in recent years, the systemic bias in the film industry persists and gender parity has not yet been achieved. This year’s Take on Women in Film panel pays special attention to female filmmakers from regions where the current situation calls for urgent attention. Lidija Zelovic will give a keynote speech. This is followed by interviews with the Ukrainian film team of Peace for Nina and Afghan filmmaker Sahra Mani.
The session begins with a keynote by Lidjia Zelovic (1970, Yugoslavia), an award winning filmmaker, writer and speaker. She grew up in Sarajevo, and fled the war in 1992. She started as an independent film maker in the aftermath of her home country’s civil war, moved on to work at international media companies as BBC, Channel4 and for the Dutch Public Broad caster. Her latest film My Own Private War was awarded in many festivals around the world. Lidjia takes us into her creative world and discusses finding your creative voice after war traumas. In her work, Lidjia tries to find out what war does to people and whether forgiveness is possible.
After the keynote there will be an online interview with the Ukrainian film team of Peace for Nina, Zhana Maksymeno, Lyuba Knorzl and Dea Gjinovic. Zhana, Lyuba and Dea discuss the current situation in Ukraine. How do Ukrainian filmmakers continue filming and reporting what is going on in this indescribable, terrible war?
Finally, we speak with Sahra Mani, an Afghan filmmaker who fled Kabul last September. Sahra is the award winning filmmaker of A Thousand Girls Like Me. Her new film Kabul Melody is now in post-production. How does Sahra continue to find her creative voice? What is the current situation for (female) filmmakers who have stayed in Afghanistan? What is the situation for women in general now and is there an opportunity to capture with film what is happening?
Moderator: Margje de Koning, artistic director Movies that Matter
This panel is organised in collaboration with Creative Europe Desk NL and Vrouwen in Beeld.