All Films 2015

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Africa Rising

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Paula Heredia, Kenya/ Mali/ Somalia/ Tanzania/ USA 2009
documentary, 62 min, color, oes

Directed by Emmy Award® winner Paula Heredia and produced by Equality Now, AFRICA RISING travels through remote villages in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Somalia and Tanzania. Weaving together dynamic footage and the poignant stories of girls personally affected by FGM, it shows how African women and men are putting an end to this human rights violation. Convincing circumcisers to lay down their knives, engaging the police to implement the law, and honing leadership skills in girls, these determined activists have been working tirelessly for years to conceptualize their campaign. AFRICA RISING paints an intimate portrait of the broadly-based but little-known anti-FGM movement and shows that courageous, creative and resourceful individuals can change the course of history. (

After the screening Q&A.


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African Pride

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Laura Fletcher, Ireland 2014
documentary, 59 min, color, ev + partly es

South Africa's Constitution was the first in the world to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. But rights belie the reality for many. Homophobia has found violent expression in assaults, rape and murders. However this violence is being met with visibility by way of township prides and protests. Each person bearing a banner has their own reason to be visible. There are the loud activists and the shy ones, the lovers, the mourners and the survivors. It is through their stories that African Pride explores this determined, relentless and colourful movement. (Written by Laura Fletcher |

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Amour fou – I am me

Retrospective 2015   // Katharina Wöppermann –
„The journey from motif to motif“

Jessica Hausner, Germany/ Luxembourg/ Austria 2014
feature film, 96 min, color, gv

Berlin, the Romantic Era. Young poet Heinrich wishes to conquer the inevitability of death through love, yet is unable to convince his sceptical cousin Marie to join him in a suicide pact. It is whilst coming to terms with this refusal, ineffably distressed by his cousin's insensitivity to the depth of his feelings, that Heinrich meets Henriette, the wife of a business acquaintance. Heinrich's subsequent offer to the beguiling young woman at first holds scant appeal, that is until Henriette discovers she is suffering from a terminal illness. AMOUR FOU is a "romantic comedy" based loosely on the suicide of the poet Henrich von Kleist in 1811. (

After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and Jessica Hausner.


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Ana Ana

Corinne van Egeraat & Petr Lom, Egypt/ Netherlands 2013
documentary, 75 min, color, oes

Ana Ana is a cinematic poem about four young creative Egyptian women. Most of the mate-rial is filmed by the characters themselves, who worked with the film’s directors in a process of collaboration and mentorship over a course of two years. The four main characters find creative ways to express what is hidden within their hearts: speaking of their dreams and desires in an extraordinarily open and intimate way, and using metaphors, and cinematic storytelling to transform the every-day struggles of their lives into the sublime.

Their intertwined four voices tell a story about the universal desire for creativity and freedom of every young person today. Set in an Egypt where the dreams of the revolution have begun to unravel, and where women’s rights are tremendously vulnerable. (


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Casablanca Calling

Rosa Rogers, United Kingdom 2014
documentary, 55 min, color, oes

Casablanca Calling follows three Morchidat – Hannane, Bouchra and Karima – as they set out to change their country, starting at street level. The Morchidat have a mission: to teach an Islam based on compassion, tolerance and equality, and to separate its true teachings from prejudice, misinterpretation and misunderstanding. Their work takes them into mosques, schools, homes, orphanages, prisons, and out in the countryside. They support the education of women and girls; campaign against early marriage; and encourage young people to build a better Morocco, rather than dreaming of life in the West. Casablanca Calling is an intimate portrait of three Morchidat, a society in transition, and a mission to educate a nation. (

After the screening Q&A.


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Cure – Das Leben einer Anderen (Cure – The life of another)

opening feature

Andrea Štaka, Switzerland/ Croatia/ Bosnia-Herzegovina 2014
feature film, 83 min, color, ogs

1993: after the Siege of Dubrovnik. 14-year-old Linda has moved back to Croatia from Swit-zerland with her father. Her new best friend Eta takes her up to the forbidden forest above the city. The two girls become entangled in an obsessive, sexually charged game of swapping identities that leads to a fatal fall. The following morning Linda comes back alone; slowly she begins to take Eta’s place in her family. Ivo, Eta‘s boyfriend, is drawn in as well. In troubled times dominated by women and the losses they have suffered in the war, Linda threatens to lose her footing, becoming entrapped in another world on the edge, a world in which Eta keeps coming back to confront her with herself. (

The Austrian premiere will take place in the presence of the director and some members of the staff.


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Das Mädchen Hirut (Difret)

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Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Ethiopia 2014
feature film, 99 min, color, ogs

Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, Ethiopia 2014, 99 min., feature film, Colour, ogs Three hours outside of Addis Ababa, a bright 14-year-old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop in and kidnap her. The brave Hirut grabs a rifle and tries to es-cape, but ends up shooting her would-be husband. In her village, the practice of abduction into marriage is common and one of Ethiopia’s oldest traditions.

Meaza Ashenafi, an empowered and tenacious young lawyer, arrives from the city to repre-sent Hirut and argue that she acted in self-defense. Meaza boldly embarks on a collision course between enforcing civil authority and abiding by customary law, risking the ongoing work of her women’s legal-aid practice to save Hirut’s life.

Beneath the layer of polite social customs, an aggressively rooted patriarchy perpetuates inhospitable conditions for women in this engrossing and significant film, based on a real-life story. Ethiopian-born writer/director Zeresenay Berhane Mehari portrays, with panoramic beauty, the complexity of a country’s transformation toward equal rights, featuring the coura-geous generation that dares to own it. – Sundance Film Festival (

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Die Nachtmeerfahrt


Kitty Kino, Austria 1985
feature film, 70 min, color, gv

Die Nachtmeerfahrt is the story of the model Lilly who one day finds herself with a growing beard. She retreats into her apartment when she realizes that she cannot hide the fast grow-ing beard anymore. Coming back from a business trip her married lover is shocked by her new appearance and unable to help her. The disappointed Lilly leaves her apartment and drifts into the city’s nightlife. By and by she realizes that her experiences as ‘man’ open new and exciting possibilities to her personality ...

After the screening Q&A with Kitty Kino (inquired).


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Drei Kriegerinnen (Three Pugnacious Women – Tres mujeres guerreras)

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Alexander Preuss und Cletus Gregor Barié, Colombia/ Germany 2014
documentary, 53 min, color, ogs

Diana Avella’s is a rapper, her lyrics challenge social injustices. Yamili Ocampo organizes literacy and educational trainings for children and youngsters. Teresa Castrillon launched an organization that supports victims of violence and relatives of missing persons in order to raise awareness on their situation and to stand up for their rights. In Colombia these three women fight against machismo and violence and engage for social peace and justice in a very provoking, evocative and courageous manner.

Or, like Diana Avella raps: ‘Desde Puerto Berrio, desde las communas de Medellín, desde las lomas y a las barríos de Bogota tres mujeres guerreras cambiando el mundo con arte, con fe y con resistencía.’

‘From Puerto Berrio, from the communities of Medellín, from the hills and quarters of Bogota three pugnacious women change the world with arts, faith and resistance.’


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Eine Straße in Palermo (Via Castellana Bandiera – A Street in Palermo)


Emma Dante, Italy/ Switzerland/ France 2013
feature film, 93 min, color, oes

Rosa and Clara, two women on their way to a friend’s wedding in Palermo, get lost among the city streets and end up in the Via Castellana Bandiera. At the same moment, another car driven by Samira, in which the Calafiore family is gathered, arrives and enters the same street in the opposite direction. While Clara decides to leave the car to continue her discovery of Palermo and, with the complicity of the local inhabitants, the Calafiore family starts taking bets on which of the two women will stick to her ground the longest, neither Rosa nor Samira intend to give way to each other. Night comes, but the two women, resisting hunger, sleep and thirst, seem to be obeying a stubbornness holding no more rationality and persist in not yielding way to the other ... (


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Im Kreise der Lieben (Amongst the loved ones )

Retrospective 2015   // Katharina Wöppermann –
„The journey from motif to motif“

Hermine Huntgeburth, Germany 1991
feature film, 79 min, color, 35mm, gv

Black comedy about a lucrative business. Grandmother, mother and daughter live together in a love-hate-relationship and run their business with divided responsibilities: via marriage ads they are looking for candidates. It’s the daughter that gets dressed and styled according to the new mission: no matter if vamp or tree-hugger she twists the men around her little finger until they clear their accounts from all the savings. The money ends up in coffee tins stored in grandma’s fridge. But where do the men end up when they discover the secret of the trio?

After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and Hermine Huntgeburth.


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VALIE EXPORT, Carola Dertnig, Sasha Pirker, Kurdwin Ayub und Mara Mattuschka, Austria feature film, gv

Ein perfektes Paar oder die Unzucht wechselt die Haut (Lust) (AT,1986, 12 Min.)

Carola Dertnig
… a car… (AT, 2010, 8 Min.)

Sasha Pirker
Livepan (AT, 2013, 2 Min)

Kurdwin Ayub
Sommerurlaub (Vaginale VII) (AT, 2011, 3 Min.)

Mara Mattuschka
Comeback (AT, 2005, 14 Min.)

Die FrauenFilmTage gehen der Frage nach, welche Schritte für einen humorvollen, gesellschaftspolitischen Film notwendig sind und laden zur Diskussion ein.  

After the screening Q&A.


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Missverstanden (Incompresa – Misunderstood)

Asia Argento, France/ Italy 2014
feature film, 110 min, color, ogs

Rome, 1984, Aria is nine-year-old girl. On the verge of divorce, Aria's infantile and selfish parents are too preoccupied with their careers and extra-marital affairs to properly tend to any of Aria's needs. While her two older sisters are pampered, Aria is treated with cold indif-ference. Yet she yearns to love and to be loved. At school, Aria excels academically but is considered a misfit by everyone. She is misunderstood. Aria finds comfort in her cat - Dac and in her best friend - Angelica. Thrown out of both parents' homes, abandoned by all, even her best friend, Aria finally reaches the limit of what she can bear. She makes an unexpected decision in her life. (Written by Cannes Film Festival |


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Obvious Child


Gillian Robespierre, USA 2014
feature film, 84 min, color, ev

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapolo-getically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Don-na's drunken hookup - and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment - turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment. (Written by A24 Films |


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Scherbenpark (Park of Fragments)

Bettina Blümner, Germany 2013
feature film, 94 min, color, gv

Sascha, a young courageous and clever woman whose mother was murdered lives at Scherbenpark – a ghetto of high-rise buildings with its own laws where one takes what one wants and a big mouth and a thick skin are essential. Sascha’s stepfather Vadim E. is re-sponsible for her mother’s death but the fact that he is imprisoned does not comfort her. And then an article is published that describes him as remorseful and penitent. Sascha confronts the responsible journalist Volker Trebur. He really feels sorry and tries to make for the dam-age which leads to Sascha moving in his house and in his and his sons’ educated middle-class life. Rules that apply here totally vary from that at Scherbenpark. And finally Sascha feels attracted to both, the charismatic Volker and his son Felix.


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Something Necessary

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Judy Kibinge, Kenya/ Germany 2013
feature film, 85 min, color, ogs

Something Necessary is an intimate moment in the lives of Anne and Joseph. A woman struggling to rebuild her life after the civil unrest that swept Kenya after the 2007 elections claiming the life of her husband, the health of her son and leaving her home on an isolated farm in the Kenyan countryside in ruins, she now has nothing but her resolve to rebuild her life left. A young man, troubled gang member who participated in the countrywide violence is drawn to Anne and her farm seemingly in search of redemption. Both, Joseph and Anne need something that only the other can give to allow them to shed the painful memories of their past and move on. (


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The Midnight Swim

Sarah Adina Smith, USA 2014
feature film, 88 min, color, ev

When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June, a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake. (


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The Optimists

Gunhild Westhagen Magnor, Norway 2013
documentary, 90 min, color, oes

The Optimists is a moving, humorous and absorbing documentary film about an extraordinary volleyball team in Hamar town, consisting of ladies between 66 and 98 years of age. Even though the team has been training once a week for 40 years, it has not played a single game the last 30 years. Now they have decided they would finally like to play a game. But who would they play against? Maybe they can find a team of handsome men in the neighbouring village Brumunddal? Or do they have to go to Sweden to find a worthy opponent? Goro, 98, is the queen of the team. With her willpower, joy of life and pink Converse shoes, she is the incarnation of the team's philosophy of life. But the challenges of old age also affect Goro. Loneliness and yearning often knock on her door. On those occasions, it's imperative to fight her way through the challenges and set new goals for herself. The film follows her and the team - in everyday life and on the court - from when they decide to play one last game, through their preparations, and until the game finally takes place. - And soon the strategy is clear: Laughter, training, team spirit, crochet flowers, and maybe a few handsome Swedish gentlemen? (


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The Storm Makers

Guillaume Suon, Phally Ngoeum, Cambodia/ France 2014
documentary, 66 min, color, oes

Half a million Cambodians work in foreign countries, and a third of them are being exploited as slaves. In Thailand, Malaysia and Taiwan – but sometimes also in Europe and the United States – men work in construction or the shrimp industry and women as servants, factory workers or prostitutes. Their wages are ridiculously low and their work conditions harsh, and if they ever return home, they are often maimed and always traumatized. Director Guillaume Suon follows a girl who returned pregnant after two years of being exploited, as well as two “recruiters”: characters who make good money by enlisting young people. In Cambodia, they are called “storm makers.” According to one eyewitness, “When they arrive in a village, they bring the storm and tears with them.” Entire villages are empty after a visit from a recruiter who convinces parents to send their children abroad, hoping to secure a better future for them. But the promise of good money is always false and recruiters are all-powerful. In the words of one girl who came back, “There is no justice, rich people and traffickers always win.” A born-again Christian who is a successful recruiter enjoys his wealth without guilt. He fears only one thing: “I’m scared of losing the money I earned. I love money.” ( ?ID=5b8ccba8-c758-4644-811f-182875269039 #sthash.V1YMuHu3.dpuf)


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The Supreme Price

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Joanna Lipper, USA/ Nigeria 2013
documentary, 75 min, color, ev

The Supreme Price is a feature length documentary film that traces the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in lead-ership roles. Following the annulment of her father's victory in Nigeria's Presidential Election and her mother's assassination by agents of the military dictatorship, Hafsat Abiola faces the challenge of transforming a corrupt culture of governance into a democracy capable of serv-ing Nigeria's most marginalized population: women. (


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Diana Whitten, USA 2014
documentary, 90 min, color, ev

Vessel begins with a young doctor who lived by the sea, and an unlikely idea. Rebecca Gomperts, horrified by the realities created by anti-abortion law around the world, felt com-pelled to challenge this. Her method: to provide abortions on a ship in offshore waters. Her project, Women on Waves, begins as flawed spectacle, a media frenzy, faced with govern-mental, religious, and military blockades. But with each setback comes a more refined mis-sion, until Rebecca has the revelation that she can use new technologies to bypass law – and train women to give themselves safe abortions using WHO-sanctioned protocols with pills. We witness the creation of an underground network of emboldened, informed activists, working at the cutting edge of global reproductive rights, who trust women to handle abortion themselves. Vessel is Rebecca’s story: one of a woman who heard and answered a calling, and transformed a wildly improbable idea into a global movement. (

After the screening Q&A.

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Women Without Men

Retrospective 2015   // Katharina Wöppermann –
„The journey from motif to motif“

Shirin Neshat, Germany/ Austria/ France 2009
feature film, 95 min, color, ogs

Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. (

After the screening Q&A with Katharina Wöppermann and cinematographer Martin Gschlacht (inquired).



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