Coordinated and introduced by Professor Matthew Pateman, Head of the Media Department at Edge Hill University, this day of film screenings will showcase a variety of foreign films exploring the meaning of equality in various cultures, and to humanity itself.
Directed by: Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Run Time: 1hr 38min
13:00 – 15:30
An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school’s Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. A strikingly beautiful film that not only confronts the role of women in Saudi Arabia, it is the first feature film to be directed by a woman in that country.
Directed by: Deepa Mehta, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Run Time: 1hr 57min
14:00 – 16:00
Set in India in 1937, Water is the story of a child bride whose husband dies when she is eight. Head shaved and dressed in white she is sent to live a life of renunciation with other widows in an ashram. The story that unfolds is one of friendship, betrayal, sexual discovery and the desire for escape. Exploring issues of colonisation, caste, sexism, abuse and economic hardship, Water is a powerful and emotionally rewarding story.
Directed by: Ousmane Sembène, 2004
Run Time: 2hr 4min
19:00 – 20:45
Set in a village in Burkino Faso, this film tells the story of a woman who tries to stop the practice of female genital mutilation. Supported by another woman and a young man returning from France, the film is a stark and troubling encounter with sexual inequality and the persisting influence and effect of colonisation in post-colonial societies. A multi-award-winning and stunning movie.
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