Our films on equality show the grim realities women face, but also the stories of the courageous activists who raise their voices to stand up for justice.
Luciana Kaplan | MX | 2020 | 82 min | Spanish
Marichuy does not seem like a woman who likes to be in the spotlight. Nevertheless, she decided to take a big step and became the first indigenous woman in Mexico's history to run for president. Life in Mexico is marked by discrimination and violence in many places, especially against women and indigenous people. Every day, ten women are killed in Mexico. In LA VOCERA, filmmaker Luciana Kaplan shows the challenges Marichuy, whose real name is María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, faces in order to stand for election.
FLY SO FAR
Celina Escher | SE | 2020 | 88 min | Spanish
When Teodora Vázquez wakes up at the hospital, her nightmare begins: after a miscarriage, she is accused of killing her baby – and charged with aggravated murder. FLY SO FAR follows Vázquez, the spokesperson for The Seventeen, a group of women who share the same fate. They all live in El Salvador, a country that criminalizes all terminated pregnancies, even miscarriages. Vázquez's case has become a symbol of the cruel harshness with which El Salvador cracks down on affected women. But it is also a film about empowerment, resilience and solidarity.
Hogir Hirori | SE | 2021 | 91 min | Kurdish, Arabic
When the so-called Islamic State attacked the Iraqi city of Sinjar in 2014, thousands of Yazidi girls and women were captured and forced to become SABAYA (sex slaves). Around 7,000 women are still being held in al-Hol, an IS detention center in Syria. Risking their lives, brave members of the local NGO Yazidi Home Center are penetrating the camp's endless rows of tents to free the women and help them return to their lives and families. Kurdish-Swedish filmmaker Hogir Hirori accompanies them on their often daring and adrenaline-filled rescue missions. But it is the stories of the women who survived the unfathomable horrors and now face an uncertain future that make SABAYA a heartbreaking, unforgettable film.
BANGLA SURF GIRLS
Elizabeth D. Costa | CA | 2021 | 86 min | Bengali
Cox's Bazaar - the world's largest beach near the Rohingya refugee camp Kutupalong is home to Shob, Shuma, and Ayesha. Fearlessly, the Muslim female surfers hurl themselves toward the highest waves. In the midst of poverty, violence, and toxic masculinity, they resolutely pursue their dream of a self-determined life. And with every wave they conquer, they defy family expectations and conventions - until their worst fears come true. Joy and despair densely and emotionally told to the rhythm of the sea. A universal story about inner strength, overcoming fears - and sport that gives hope to rewrite destiny.
WRITING WITH FIRE
Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh | IN | 2021 | 93 min | Hindi
In India, where the news landscape is dominated by men, three women decide to launch the first woman-owned newspaper. They belong to the Dalit who used to be the lowest caste in India and continue to be marginalized in Hindu society. Chief Reporter Meera Devi and her female colleagues want to break with tradition. Armed with smartphones, they are breaking conventions, telling stories from within their own four walls and fighting corruption. They are redefining what it means to be powerful – also as women.