Pushing Boundaries

Masters and Slaves
(MAÎTRES ET ESCLAVES)

Bernard Debord
France 2001 | 84 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Bernard Debord
Although the gov­ern­ment denies it, slav­ery still exists today in Niger. The feudal soci­ety of nomadic tribes recog­nis­es two class­es: the mas­ters who own the ani­mals and tents, and the … read more

Purity
(TEHORA)

Anat Zuria
Israel 2002 | 63 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Anat Zuria
Israeli film­mak­er Anat Zuria exam­ines the “Tharat Hamish­pa­ha” (family purity), the ancient laws and rit­u­als which shape wom­en’s lives and sex­u­al­i­ty within Jewish Ortho­doxy, giving a subtle voice to female … read more

RUNAWAY

Kim Longinotto, Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Great Britain 2001 | 87 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Female direc­tors Kim Longinot­to and Ziba Mir-Hos­sei­ni, who pre­vi­ous­ly col­lab­o­rat­ed on the mem­o­rable doc­u­men­tary DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE, are back in Teheran. This time they are vis­it­ing a centre for girls … read more

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET

Kim Longinotto
Great Britain 2002 | 92 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU

THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET is a grip­ping fea­ture doc­u­men­tary by acclaimed film­mak­er Kim Longinot­to (DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE AND RUNAWAY) that exam­ines the prac­tice of female gen­i­tal muti­la­tion in Kenya and the pio­neer­ing African women who are brave­ly revers­ing the tra­di­tion. In this epic work, Longinot­to pro­vides women the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak can­did­ly about the prac­tice and explain its cul­tur­al sig­nif­i­cance within Kenyan soci­ety. From grip­ping tes­ti­mo­ni­als by young women who share the painful after­math of their trauma to inter­views with elder­ly matri­archs who stub­born­ly stand behind the prac­tice, Longinot­to paints a com­plex por­trait of the cur­rent polemics and con­flicts that have allowed this pro­ce­dure to exist well into modern times.