Getting Together Through Film
Season 2. Women and Motherhood
Independent films directed by women from around the world.
From the Philippines to Morocco and crossing into Colombia.
After the success of our very first film season in Town Hall Arts during Autumn and Winter 2017, we continue celebrating the diverse communities in Trowbridge, Wiltshire and surrounding areas through film. This will be in Spring and early Summer 2018 with a second season of our Community Cinema programme curated by Lorena Pino. This time we are exploring the central topic of motherhood - as a cycle in different stages - with three triple F-Rated films. That means they are directed by women, written by women and portray women on screen in their own right
The documentary films are all recent and have been screened and awarded in important film festivals around the world. Starting with the reality of the busiest maternity ward in Philippines, our first film unfolds one more time the reality of birth control vs empowerment of women. ‘Motherland’ is a film nominated in 2017 to the Grand Jury Prize in Sundance and the Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Then the second film ‘Bastards’ portrays the topic of a child with no legal rights and the battle led by her young mother in Morocco. This film is a production winner of festivals in Mexico, Uganda, Montenegro and Indonesia.
What does it mean to be a ‘good mother?’ We close the season with a film asking that question, a documentary from Colombia with strong links to the UK. This film was nominated to the prestigious Goya Awards 2018 and winner in Cartagena Film Festival among others.
In addition to this selection of films, we will have the creators speaking to the public in Q&A sessions in person or via Skype! Plus, more surprises that will be updated online!
Sat 14 April – 2 pm
£5 adults, £3 under 16’s
Motherland + short film Mother
Director: Ramona Diaz, Philippines, 2017, 94 mins, Recommended +12, F-Rated
(In Filipino with English Subtitles)
“Motherland takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it's absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women—Lea, Aira and Lerma—emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humour suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead”
Directors: Stephanie Chiew, Joan Chung, Canada, 2015, 5 mins 40’’, U, F-Rated, Animation
A single mother, pushed beyond her limit by an overwhelming number of tasks and chores, falls into a coma after her consciousness is split from her body. It is now up to her children to help their mother and make everything right by understanding their Mother and realising how much she has done for them.
Sat 12 May – 2 pm
£5 adults, £3 under 16’s
Director: Deborah Perkin, Morocco, 2014, 82 mins, 12A, F-Rated
(In Moroccan Arabic with English Subtitles)
“When Rabha El Haimer was ‘married’ at the age of 14, she didn’t know that the traditional ceremony had no legal status. Aged 16, and pregnant, she fled the violent man and his family. When her child was born, she discovered society regarded her as no better than any single mother and her cherished daughter, Salma, as a bastard. But Rabha refused to allow her circumstances to make her into a victim. Instead, unable to read and write and with no family support, she devoted herself to compelling Salma’s father to face up to his responsibilities and gaining full citizenship for her child. Helping her fight this battle was a unique and radical charity in Casablanca, L’Association Solidarite Feminine. And with her was award-winning film-maker Deborah Perkin”.
Deborah Perkin will be with us in Trowbridge, sharing her filming experience in Morocco and answering your questions after the film at the time we are sharing some tasty traditional nibbles and tea prepared by Moroccan ladies settle in our town!
Sat 9 June – 2 pm
£5 adults, £3 under 16’s
Director: Clare Weiskopf, Colombia, 2016, 82 mins, Recommended PG, F-Rated
(In Spanish and English with English Subtitles)
“This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest child, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle. Only 11 at the time, this film’s director Clare Weiskopf couldn’t understand what her mother was looking for. Thirty years later, when she becomes pregnant, Clare decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past, and try to define motherhood on her own terms. Together they go on an intimate journey exploring the boundaries between responsibility and freedom, with all the guilt and sacrifice they entail. What makes someone a good mother?”
Clare Weiskopf director of the film will be answering questions after the screening in Trowbridge via Skype from Colombia.