Director: Alejandro Amenabar
Fall 1936 – The focus of the film is on Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (Karra Elejaide), essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, professor of Greek and Classics, rector at the University of Salamanca. We learn that Unamuno had opposed the Spanish monarchy and was instrumental in influencing the overthrow of the Spanish monarchy, and a supporter of its replacement Spanish Republic.
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Co-writers: Yaron Zilberman and Daniella Kertesz
This film with its focus on the conditions underlying the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, also directs our attention to the current environment in Israel, a situation not unlike the one in 1995, according to the director, Yaron Zilberman. Rabin’s daughter, who was in the audience when I saw the film, reinforced the concerns raised by the film of the on-going polarization within Israeli society.
Director: Rubaiyat Hossain
Co-writers – Rubaiyat Hossain and Philippe Barriere
We are aware of the dreadful working conditions of the women who make our clothes earning low wages often under dangerous conditions. Fires are not unusual, killing numerous women, and yet, we continue to benefit from the low prices we pay for their labour
Saudi Arabia/Germany production
Director: Haifaa al-Mansour
Maryam ( Mila Alzhrani) is a doctor in a small town in Saudi Arabia who is not respected. We see this when a seriously injured older man who has been injured in a truck accident refuses to be touched by a woman doctor, by Maryam. Instead, to his great detriment, male nurses treat hi
Directors: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
Aila (Elle-Maija Tailfeathers), a middle-class indigenous woman leaves the doctor’s office and encounters a young indigenous, Rosie (Violet Nelson), barefoot, pregnant and bruised, standing in the rain. Rosie is afraid to return to the apartment where she lives with an abusive boyfriend and his mother. Aila brings Rosie home with her.
Director – Tamar Shavgulidze
A film about unconditional love according to the director, Tama Shavgulidze
Two women meet 30 or more years after they separated as young women. Nana (Ketevan van Gegeshilze) remained in a small community near Tiblisi while Irina (Nino Kasradze) left. Irina moved to Poland, Krakow, Berlin, among other places. Her father had 2 restaurants in Krakow and she now has 4.
Director and writer – Sanja Zivkovic
Jasna (Mirjana Jakovic), a Serbian architect, settled in Toronto, as a refugee, during the war in the former Yugoslavia, along with her daughter, Nina (Nini Kiri). Nina is repeating Grade 12, unhappy, ashamed of her mother, and wants to return to her life in Serbia. The relationship with Nina is strained. Nina shares little. Both women are isolated.
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