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The spotlight lands on numerous awe-inspiring women protagonists this year, who occupy their place at centre stage with power and ease. We will be presenting a kaleidoscopic range of stories that focus a lens on female-identifying people that spans a vast spectrum of regions, occupations and lifestyles. The programme offers audiences abundant opportunity to witness the world from the vantage point of humans whose lives expand notions of ‘femininity’ by virtue of the way they choose to live - in the realms of sport, politics, performance, activism, conflict, and just ordinary growing up.

 

A Thousand Girls Like Me

Fri 8 June // 15:45 // Showroom Cinema 1 //£10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June // 18:30 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)

When a 23-year-old Afghan woman, Khatera, confronts the will of her family and the traditions of her country to seek justice for years of sexual abuse from her father, she sheds light on the faulty Afghan judicial system and the women it rarely protects. One woman’s obstinate battle to make her voice heard demonstrates the power of action over fear, documented by an Afghan filmmaker.

A Thousand Girls Like Me is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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A Woman Captured
 

Fri 8 June // 11:30 // The Light Cinema 8 // £5
Mon 11 June // 21:45 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Slavery is a European invention, and still exists. Filmmaker Bernadett Tuza-Ritter encounters Eta in Hungary, a woman proud of keeping domestic slaves. Violent, abusive, and manipulative, Eta has stripped 53-year-old Marish of her belongings, her family and her identity. As trust builds between Marish and the filmmaker, Marish begins to mentally prepare for a dangerous bid for freedom.

A Woman Captured is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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Amal


Fri 8 June // 09:15 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £5
Sun 10 June // 16:45 // Curzon Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

A young flame, undeterred by the constraints of living under a patriarchal society. This documentary explores the life of a spirited Egyptian girl, navigating her way through womanhood, and existing in a country ravaged by ongoing political unrest. Beautifully and brutally executed through Mohammad Siam’s casting of the main protagonist, Amal. Set over the course of six-years, the director allows the audience to follow her coming of age, whilst struggling with internal conflicts of both gender and religion. Fuelled by unwavering passion, naivety, and embedded with flickers of innocence and loss, we witness Amal’s self-discovery and journey through a world so pitted against her - add this to your list.

Amal is part of our Doc/Love strand.
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Before Father Gets Back
 

Fri 8 June // 16:15 //Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June // 11:30 // Curzon Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

In a darkened classroom, the white cracked walls serve as a movie screen. We are in a remote mountain village of Georgia. The light from the projector breaks the darkness: the kids' first cinematic experience is about to begin. Among them are Iman and Eva, two Muslim girls for whom the experience becomes a turning point and inspires them to take the camera and start filming their daily lives. The girls are growing up in a valley infested by radicalism, where most people are living in a constant fear of their relatives sacrificing their lives in the name of God.

Before Father Gets Back is part of our Doc/Adventure strand.
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Commander Arian

Sat 9 June // 19:00 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 09:15 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £5

Commander Arian Director Alba Sotorra follows YPJ Commander Arian and her group of female fighters into the heart of the Syrian War, as they break through the siege of Kobane on an epic mission to liberate their lands from ISIS. Hit by 5 bullets, Arian is forced to deal with the wounds of war - both visible and invisible - and to find new ways to fight for women’s freedom.

Commander Arian is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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Female Human Animal

Sat 9 June // 19:00 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 09:15 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £5

Shot in the real-life contemporary art world, Female Human Animal is a psychothriller about a creative woman disenchanted with what modern life and “modern men” have to offer her. When writer Chloe Aridjis curates an inspiring retrospective of the surrealist Leonora Carrington, an elusive, brooding man appears, seeming to offer more. A darkly romantic docufiction that puts on screen the lurid unconscious of our new sexual politics.

Female Human Animal is part of our Doc/Visions strand.
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Game Girls


Sat 9 June // 19:00 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 09:15 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £5

Alternately raw and tender, Alina Skrzeszewska’s compassionate observational documentary charts the relationship between two women trying to survive the violence and chaos of Los Angeles’ sprawling Skid Row. Tiahna seems resigned to life on the streets, but her girlfriend Teri is determined to escape. They share their hopes and fears at a weekly Expressive Arts workshop for homeless women. (MA)

Game Girls is part of our Doc/Love strand.
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Home Games


Fri 8 June
 // 16:30 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sat 9 June // 09:30 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £5

A season in the life of Alina, a poor 20-year-old girl from Kyiv who has a chance to be saved by football. She’s about to join the Ukrainian national team, but life challenges her once again: her mother dies leaving two young siblings. Now, Alina must choose: football or family.

Home Games is part of our Doc/Love strand.
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Laila At The Bridge

Sat 9 June // 12:15 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 21:45 // Showroom Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Since the US invaded Afghanistan, heroin addiction has rocketed. One woman is singlehandedly battling the crisis. Scooping men and women from under a squalid bridge, Laila Haidari detoxes them in her recovery clinic, which she funds through her restaurant staffed by former addicts. Her precarious income is destabilised as the Taliban attacks increase, and corrupt ministers reject her fundraising appeals. (SB)

Laila At The Bridge is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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On Her Shoulders

Sun 10 June // 15:00 // Odeon Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 09:30 // The Light Cinema 8 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Mobbed by iPhone cameras and pushy reporters, 23-year-old Nadia Murad leads a harrowing but vital crusade: to speak out on behalf of the embattled Yazidi community who face mass extermination by ISIS militants. Nadia is forced to revisit these realities again and again, for without her testimony the genocide happening right in front of the world’s eyes might go completely unnoticed.

On Her Shoulders is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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Over the Limit
 

Sat 9 June
 // 21:00 // Curzon Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 11:45 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £5

An intimate portrait of a Russian gymnast, Margarita Mamun. Over The Limit follows the 20-year-old’s punishing road in the months leading up to the 2016 Olympics. Marta Prus’ mesmerising documentary is an observational study on the misery and cruelty that’s involved in elite sports: it’s outrageously watchable and palpable. Clocking in at 73 minutes, Over The Limit is as lean and precise as Mamun’s choreographed sequences. While the subtle soundtrack and editing evoke pathos for Mamun, allowing audiences to empathise. Over The Limit is about a struggle for dreams and the seclusion and sacrifices that accompanies the life of a distinguished individual. It’s a film with impact.

Over the Limit is part of our Doc/Adventure strand.
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Shakedown

 

Fri 8 June // 21:45 // PBS America Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June // 13:15 // The Light Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)


"If you straight, you don't need to be in the front." Former drag show host Teresa and Ronnie-Ron co-founded Shakedown in the 90s, establishing a thriving underground scene. Dancers including Egypt, Miss Mahogany, I-Dallas and Slow-Wine entertain the throng. This strip club was a space for LA's African-American queer community to explore identity, sexuality and have an incredible time.

Shakedown is part of our Doc/Rhythm strand.
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Shirkers
 

Sat 9 June
 // 21:00 // Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4 // £13 (£11 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 18:00 // Curzon Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

Part ghost story, part time capsule, Sandi Tan’s deeply cathartic Shirkers weaves the tale of a young girl’s lost masterpiece, and the 25-year odyssey to reclaiming it for herself. Sandi was that girl, and Shirkers was the title of her directorial debut – stolen from her by her enigmatic mentor, Georges Cardona. Like a giant hallucinatory collage, the documentary is constructed from every possible medium - gorgeous 16mm celluloid, postcards, hand-drawn zines, cassette tapes – all pristinely transported from 1990s Singapore to today. Shirkers is an ode to youth, filmmaking, and 90s culture: you’d be an absolute sucker to miss it.

Shirkers is part of our Doc/Visions strand.
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Silvana


Sat 9 June // 18:00 // Abbeydale Picturehouse // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June //18:30 // Exchange on Tudor Square // £5

Silvana Imam is a fierce force of nature. We witness the Swedish rap artist's career soar, and the genesis of her relationship with pop artist, Beatrice Eli. The pair become Sweden's Beyoncé and Jay-Z; a power-couple of phenomenal talent and influence. As the pressures of her iconic status begin to spiral, Silvana is forced to confront her inner conflicts.

Silvana is part of our Doc/Rhythm strand.
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Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight


Sat 9 June // 18:00 // Abbeydale Picturehouse // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sun 10 June //18:30 // Exchange on Tudor Square // £5

Cuba is one of the most successful countries in Olympic boxing history, but women are banned from competing. Maceo Frost's atmospheric and immersive film follows the fortunes of 39-year-old potential champion Namibia as she trains alongside male athletes at Havana's legendary El Trejo gym, while hoping for the government to change its stance before she ages out of eligibility.

Too Beautiful: Our Right to Fight is part of our Doc/Adventure strand.
Click here to view all the films in this strand.

 

 

Tranny Fag
Sat 9 June // 21:15 // Abbeydale Picturehouse // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 21:00 // Curzon Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)

São Paulo pop star Linn da Quebrada is a black trans woman whose explicit electro-funk anthems give voice to marginalized communities from the favelas, while also confronting the Brazilian music scene’s macho, heteronormative prejudices. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s candid profile of this radical performer deftly blends raucous concert footage with tender offstage interludes showcasing her family and friends.

Tranny Fag is part of our Doc/Rhythm strand.
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Turning 18


Fri 8 June // 14:00 // The Light Cinema 6 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Sat 9 June // 14:00 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £10 (£8 concessions)


Two young girls meet at a vocational training program after which their lives move in completely different directions. Both from broken homes, Pei searches for hope in love, while Chen struggles to avoid her parents' fate. As they approach 18, the undercurrents of their lives surface, nearly overwhelming them. How can an unloved life find a strength of her own?

Turning 18 is part of our Doc/Love strand.
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Under the Wire
 

Sat 9 June // 18:30 // Odeon Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 09:15 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2 // £5

On 10 February 2012, two war-correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria to cover the plight of civilians trapped in besieged Homs, under attack by the Syrian army. Only one of them returned. Based on Conroy’s book Under the Wire, the film is a gripping account of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.

Under the Wire is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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Whispering Truth to Power

Sun 10 June // 15:00 // Showroom Cinema 1 // £10 (£8 concessions)
Mon 11 June // 17:00 // Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 3 // £10 (£8 concessions)

With exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, this film charts the final year in office of South African anti-corruption champion Thuli Madonsela as she attempts to seek justice for ordinary people. After successfully challenging President Jacob Zuma for illegal use of state funds, she faces the biggest challenge of her career: exposing the systematic takeover of government by a private family in cahoots with the President.

Whispering Truth to Power is part of our Doc/Expose strand.
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