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27 March 2012

IFEMA - International Female Film Festival 2012 - Malmö, Sweden

Welcome to IFEMA 2012 from April 2nd to April 4th

Monday April 2, is the opening of Ifema, International female film festival, on cinema Spegeln in Malmö, Sweden.
The sixth edition of Ifema includes 12 films, both documentaries and feature films. 
The festival closes with "Shorts & Champagne", a composition of 6 films, with Swedish and international directors. 
The festival this year, shows films from five continents and has a special focus on Africa. The films describe how a typical day might look like. Or how a boy saves his father's soul. They are all made by women, of course. 
You can buy tickets for the festival from March 8 at Kulturcentralen.


Feature-debutante Hawa Essuman, Kenya, has directed the award-winning movie "Soul Boy" in close collaboration with Tom Tykwer, who is the producer of the film. It takes place in East Africa's largest slum, Kibera, and despite the surroundings, it is a film full of hope and joy, about a young boy becoming a hero and a symbol of all those living in slums. 

"Soul Boy" won this year the prize for best feature film at Luxor African Film Festival Nile. 

The acclaimed Japanese director Naomi Kawase contributes with the film "Hanezu", a symbolic drama filled with Buddhist overtones, which, with a poetic imagery tells how karma is passed from generation to generation. "Hanezu" was in competition at Cannes 2011. 

The events in North Africa affects in a slightly different way, through a documentary by director Nadia El Fani, "Neither Allah, nor Master". She began filming in the middle of Ramadan. The story she wants to tell, is about the Tunisians, who are fighting and demonstrating for a Tunisia, where religion and state are separated. Three months later, the ”Arab spring” burst out in Tunisia. 

"The Mexican Suitcase" is a documentary by Trisha Ziff. The film depicts it in Spain, as good as taboo subject - the Civil War. It also tells of three brave photographers who documented what was happening around them. They understood that the photographs were dynamite, and hid them away, in Mexico. A few years ago, scientists discovered them in a closet in Mexico. The photographers were Gerda Taro, Robert Capa and David "Chima" Seymour. 


During the festival, three seminars will be held.

"Multiplatform stories: case study" with the French producer Sandrine Girbal. She will share strategies how you can work with content in multiple channels. 

The Argentine filmmaker and educator Ana Zanotti is holding a seminar where participation culture is in focus and how to use the film in such contexts - "Crossing boundaries through participation and film." 

From South Africa, Jyoti Mistry, filmmaker and professor, she touches the question: is there a female film language? - "The Conditions for filmmaking as women". 

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