International Women's Day
FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 4:00 PM / ARDITI
By Shola Lynch, United States/France, 2012, 101’, vo ang, st fr
Angela Davis -revolutionary, poet, professor, Afro hair and Black Power fist raised to the sky- is an iconic figure of the 1970s civil rights movement. When Angela is accused of purchasing the guns used in the kidnapping and murder of Judge Harold Haley from the Marin County Courthouse, she is listed on the FBI’s “top ten most wanted” and forced underground. Shola lynch documents the chilling chase from the FBI and more strikingly, the passionate love story that blossoms between Angela and George Jackson, one of the Soledad Brothers implicated in the botched kidnapping and murder.
40 years after the highly publicized trial, Angela revisits her role as a leader in the civil rights movement and the struggle for justice for all political prisoners. Fast-paced and captivating, this film contains all the elements of a crime thriller or courtroom drama. Archival stills, TV footage and never before seen interviews with Angela and her sister, capture the revolutionary fervor of the period and contribute to a powerful piece.
8th march / 4:00 pm / Auditorium Arditi
10th march / 7:00 pm / Grütli Langlois
LIGHT FLY, FLY HIGH
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 6:00 PM / GRUTLI
Co-presented with la Ville de Genève, Womanity Foundation and the Gender Equality Offfice, UNIGE
Discussion with Maria Bobenrieth, Laurence Fischer, Marco Tuberoso, CIO representative
Moderation : Laurence Bezaguet
By Beathe Hofseth et Susann Østigaard, Norway, 2013, 80’, vo tamoul/ang, st fr
Thulasi dreams of the freedom to live her passion: boxing. However, for most Indian women, especially belonging to the lower “ Dalit “ caste, this dream is merely a fantasy. Despite her immense talent, the pressures of her family to get married and the sexual advances of her coach contribute to seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
This documentary’s rhythm reflects the rapid beat of the young boxer’s fists in her fight for freedom. An enlightening journey of a society where opportunities are few for women. Directors, Susann Østigaard and Beate Hofseth follow Thulasi for three years, painting a detailed portrait of an everyday heroine. The result is a source of inspiration for those seeking the strength to live with their differences.
8th march / 6 :00 pm / Grütli With Beathe Hofseth, Open entry
10th march / 9 :00 pm / Grütli Langlois
12th march / 1 :00 pm / Grüti Simon Educational program, with a discussion
14th march / 3 :00 pm / Le Scandale Open entry
BANAZ A LOVE STORY
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 2:00 PM / GRUTLI
By Deeyah Khan, United Kingdom, 2012, 70’, vo ang, st fr (OMCT)
Banaz A Love Story is a documentary film that chronicles an act of overwhelming horror – the honour killing of Banaz Mahmod, a young British woman in suburban London in 2006. Directed and produced by Deeyah Khan the film chronicles the love story of Banaz, her parents’ plot to kill her and the collusion of a large part of the Kurdish community. It was a case which shocked the entire world and received enormous international press coverage. Never before seen footage obtained after years of work with the extraordinary police officers who solved the case, displays the warmth, beauty and courage of Banaz to follow her heart.
8th march / 2:00 pm / Grütli Langlois
THE INVISBLE WAR
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 9:00 PM / GRUTLI
By Kirby Dick, United States, 2012, 95’, vo ang, st fr (OMCT)
“The Invisible war” is a groundbreaking investigation about one of America’s most shameful and best kept secrets : the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem—today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,300 service members sexually assaulted in 2010 alone. Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of rape victims, the film is a moving indictment of the systemic cover-up of military sex crimes, chronicling the women’s struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. From Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick, the film features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress. The film reveals the perfect storm of conditions for rape to exist in the military, its long-hidden history, and what can be done to bring about much- needed change.
8th march / 9:00 pm / Grütli Langlois
THE PRICE OF SEX
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 9:00 PM/ ARDITI
Co-presented with the OAK Foundation, Pro Victimis and the Gender Equality Offfice, UNIGE
With Madeleine Rees, Daniela Misail- Nichitin, Mariana Katzarova
Moderation : Fabienne Bugnon
By Mimi Chakarova, United States, 2011, 73’, vo russe/roumain/turc, st ang/fr (HC)
Empty streets in Bulgaria reveal a haunting reality: hundreds of thousands of Eastern European women have been sold into prostitution. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, investigates the post- Communism sex trade of young Eastern European women. Chakarova, born in Bulgaria, takes on a personal investigative journey through bold undercover journalism that reveals a shadowy world of sex trafficking from Eastern Europe to the Middle East and Western Europe. Told through the testimonies of survivors, the film gives voice to women who are otherwise shamed and threatened into silence. Harrowing and revealing, the film of captivating stills and documentary footage provide extraordinary insight into the lives of those sold for sex. In addition to first person accounts, interviews with traffickers, clients, and anti-trafficking activists illuminate the root causes, complex connections and stark significance of sexual slavery in Europe today.
8th march / 9:00 pm/ Auditorium Arditi
SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH / 2:30 PM / GRUTLI
Co-presented with DFAE, OAK Foundation and the Gender Equality Offfice, UNIGE
With Louise Doswald-Beck, Nelly Staderini, Julienne Lusenge Moderation : Eric Sottas
By Raymonde Provencher, Canada, 2002, 92’, vo ang, st fr (HC)
For as long as men have fought in wars, women have been part of the spoils of conquering armies. Throughout the 20th century, from Nicaragua to South korea, Rwanda to Bangladesh and Bosnia, the same crime has been perpetrated time and time again, on thousands upon thousands of women. Many of the women who survived wartime rapes now live with a daily reminder of their ordeal : the children born of this heinous crime, the children of the enemy. In this documentary by Raymonde Provencher, the spectator accompanies Ryan, a young Canadian from Bangladesh, who returns to his country of origin in order to clarify the circumstances surrounding his birth, only to discover that he is a « war baby » and that his father is a Pakastani soldier who raped his mother. Provencher presents deeply moving accounts from Nicaragua, South korea, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Bosnia of women who have been raped, their children born of hatred and the search for identity and justice in its wake.
8th march / 2:30 pm / Grütli Simon