|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (31)|
|African Cinema : My Africas (13)||Feminist Documentary Pioneers : Thousand Voices (11)|
|Focus on Marleen Gorris (4)||Feminist Film and Video Activism (11)|
|Korean Cinema in Focus : Women, People, and Korean New Wave (4)||Asian Short Film & Video Competition (20)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (2)|
In Waikiriki, Nigeria, all girls must go through an inescapable ritual when they turn seventeen years old. The girls are paraded bare-breasted before the entire community so their nipples can be examined to determine whether they are still virgins. They are then confined to the “fattening rooms,” their legs immobilized in copper impala rings, where they are pampered and fed. Azikiwe, who has lived and been educated in the city for ten years, challenges this tradition with her contempt and disgust and asserts that she will live her life as she always has. The adult men maintain the importance of cultural diversity, while the village women blame the “city girl” for her disrespect to their community’s traditional ritual.
Bashful confessions from the girls as they experiencing every step of the ritual reveal their complex emotions and reactions, from difficulty to satisfaction. Through this search for the ‘right’ way to live as a woman and a human being, we are able to connect these girls’ stories to a matrix of matters like culture, nation, womanhood, urbanization, and modernization. This year’s special program of African cinema will open up a discussion about Africa through the different perspectives of filmmakers. (Sue Kim)
Ngozi OnwurahNgozi Onwurah
Ngozi Onwurah takes on the issues of time and space in her work which embraces heterogeneity and multiple sites of subjectivity. Onwurah consistently navigates and challenges the limits of narrative and ethnographic cinema by insisting that the body is the central landscape of an anti-imperialist cinematic discourse. An accomplished director with several episodes of the top British TV drama series Heartbeat to her credit, Ngozi Onwurah also wrote and directed the prize-winning feature Welcome II the Terrordome. Onwurah’s films have won prizes at the Berlin Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and at NBPC, USA.