Celebrating Women in Global Cinema

In 2019 we will host a year-long programme of films and special events highlighting and celebrating women in film from across the world.

From specially curated retrospectives, seasons and special events, to takeovers of annual favourites such as Not Just Bollywood, this branded series of screenings and events will explore and challenge the place and space of female filmmakers from a variety of cultural, social and political perspectives.

“We look forward to celebrating what women from across the world have achieved in film to date, whilst empowering the female creatives of the future so that female voices in our industry become louder in the years to come.” Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and co-curator of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema.

Here’s a taste of what you can look forward to this year:

  • Retrospectives of work from ground-breaking female directors including; Margarethe von Trotta, one of the leading lights of the New German Cinema of the 1970s and 1980s; Hong Kong pioneer Angie Chen; Euzhan Palcy, the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio picture; controversial Italian director Lina Wertmüller, the first woman to be nominated for the Best Director Oscar; and Mira Nair, one of India’s most critically acclaimed filmmakers.
  • Talks and events celebrating inspirational women in Hollywood, including Ida Lupino who worked on more than 130 films and TV programmes, as an actor, producer, writer and director; and Barbra Streisand, a major industry figure and undoubtedly one of the biggest cross-media stars of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Some of our most popular annual events will be celebrating women in 2019 including Pride and Sexuality Summer School.
  • Women, Organise! a season of films that focuses on women’s activism and trades unions.
  • Girls On Film podcast come to HOME for a live event of the all-female review show presented by film journalist Anna Smith, featuring live debates, interviews and film reviews.
  • Eight-week evening courses on Women in Science Fiction and Women in Film Comedy.

We have many more features to be announced over the coming year, but for now keep an eye out for the Celebrating Women in Global Cinema badge in our programme and join in the celebration and conversation online with #WomenAtHOME. 

This programme is co-curated by Rachel Hayward, HOME’s Film Programme Manager and Andy Willis, Senior Visiting Curator: Film and Professor of Film Studies, School of Arts and Media at University of Salford.

        

 

In this season

Call for submission / North West Female Filmmakers short films

To mark HOME's year long season Celebrating Women in Global Cinema, our regular North West short film night will be a Women in Local Cinema…

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In Conversation: Director Ngozi Onwurah

As our year-long celebration of Women in Global Cinema kicks into gear, we spoke with filmmaker Ngozi Onwurah about her movies and future projects. 

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In conversation with Angie Chen

We speak to filmmaker Angie Chen ahead of her post-screening Q&A of I've Got The Blues.

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In conversation with Ngozi Onwurah

HOME's Rachel Hayward talks to Director Ngozi Onwurah as part of our Celebration of Women in Global Cinema...

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Celebrating Women in Global Cinema: summer & Autumn Highlights

Further events announced for Celebrating Women in Global Cinema programme at HOME, including Lina Wertmüller retrospective, Women Over Fifty Film Festival tour, and Not Just…

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In Conversation with Nuala O’Sullivan

This month we caught up with Nuala O’Sullivan, Director of the Women Over 50 Film Festival ahead of Best of the Fest screenings at HOME…

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In conversation with Jeanie Finlay

This month we caught up with Director Jeanie Finlay, ahead of the screening of her latest documentary Seashorse on Sun 1 Sep, which follows the…

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In conversation with Carol Morley

Learn more about the work of filmmaker Carol Morley.

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In conversation with Rebecca O’Brien

We caught up with Rebecca ahead of her visit to HOME this March...

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Previously in this season

Jamón, Jamón

A fantastically surreal combination of Spanish stereotypes and deliberately vulgar starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem – anyone for sex, drama, ham and naked bullfighting?

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Behind the White Glasses

The enormous significance and critical acclaim that was awarded Lina Wertmüller’s work in the 1970s is often forgotten today. This documentary by Valerio Ruizan, an…

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Varda by Agnès

The late great Agnès Varda returns with Varda by Agnès, a new a documentary that sheds light on her experience as a director, bringing a…

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Seven Beauties

Wertmüller explores a range of political and personal questions through the story of a man who does anything to survive in Italy during World War…

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Love and Anarchy

The tale of a man who sets out to assassinate Benito Mussolini in pre-war Italy.

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Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

This highly quotable British cringe comedy boasts an excellent soundtrack and a clever sensitivity to the teenage experience as 14-year-old high-schooler Georgia deals with awkward…

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Clueless

Yellow-tartan-clad fashion icon Cher takes new girl Tai under her wing, but in the process of matchmaking and makeovers she begins to seek love of…

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Pandora’s Box (TV Series) + Panel Discussion

Two episodes of the classic Granada TV all-female panel show, presented by Joan Bakewell and featuring performances by an early career Victoria Wood followed by…

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The Chambermaid

A young chambermaid confronts the monotony of long workdays with quiet examinations of forgotten belongings and budding friendships

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Blinded by the Light

When music fanatic Javed discovers Bruce Springsteen his world is turned upside down and his passion for music and writing is set alight by the…

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Animals

A snapshot of a modern woman with competing desires, Animals offers a celebration of female friendship with a whip-smart script.

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The Souvenir

A woman grappling with separating fact from fiction finds her ambitions are jeopardised by her first real romance.

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The Seduction of Mimi

Giancarlo Giannini, gives a wonderfully comic performance as a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia’s candidate leads him to lose his job,…

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The Kitchen

The directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Andrea Berloff, the all-star The Kitchen tells the tale of three 1978 Hell’s Kitchen housewives whose mobster husbands…

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Women Over 50 Film Festival

This August we’ll screen two of WOFFF’s Best of the Fest programmes, which each showcase a dazzling display of the work of older women in…

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WOFFF Best of the Fest/ North Star

A programme of shorts focused on northern women in front of and behind the camera from places including The Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Scotland…

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Day Course/ Introduction to the Female Gothic

This full-day session covers the development of the Female Gothic on screen.

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WOFFF Best of the Fest / Guiding Light

A shining selection of WOFFF shorts including The Farmer’s Wife with Geraldine James, an impressive early work from Francis Lee (God’s Own Country).

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Girls on Film: Live Podcast Recording September 2019

Host Anna Smith will be joined by BBC Asian Network’s Ashanti Omkar and pop culture expert Dr Kirsty Fairclough of the University of Salford, plus…

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Hail Satan?

In the battle for justice and equality, the Satanic Temple is putting up a hell of a fight. The devil's work is never done.

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Course / Women in Film Comedy

Explore the roles and representations of women in Anglo-American cinematic comedy: women as the butts, audiences and tellers of jokes.

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Holiday

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The trophy girlfriend of a Danish drug lord sets a dangerous game in motion when she seeks the attention of another man while away with…

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The Elements Trilogy

Made over a period of ten years, Deepa Mehta’s controversial Elements trilogy was a monumental undertaking exploring gender, sexuality, violence and religion from the feminist…

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Lipstick Under My Burkha

Focusing on the lives of four women from a cross section of Indian society, director Alankrita Shrivastava constructs an inclusive and empowering representation of female…

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Sweetie

Campion’s stunning debut feature focuses on the hazardous relationship between the buttoned-down, superstitious Kay and her rampaging, devil-may-care sister, Sweetie.

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Sir

Set in contemporary Mumbai, writer and director Rohena Gera’s debut film Sir is a sharply crafted urban fairy-tale with fine comic touches.

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Lina Wertmuller: the Director in the White Glasses

A retrospective of work by the provocative and controversial Italian director Lina Wertmüller, an assistant to Fellini who went on to be the first women…

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Vita and Virginia

M agnetic socialite Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf forge an unconventional affair, set against the backdrop of their own strikingly contemporary marriages.

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The Sexuality Summer
 School presents/Dial(ogue) D for Dyke Disruption: A Queer
Toolkit for Blowing Up the Film Canon?

In this talk, writer and activist So Mayer brings their feminist film toolkit to the Sexuality Summer School and HOME.

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Angie Chen: Hong Kong Film Pioneer

A unique chance to (re)discover Hong Kong pioneer filmmaker Angie Chen as part of our year-long season of Celebrating Women Global Cinema.

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i’ve got the blues

Angie Chen’s latest, acclaimed documentary I’ve got the Blues is a striking film that focuses on Hong Kong painter, art director, blues musician and activist…

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My Name Ain’t Suzie

Angie Chen’s second feature film offers a human portrait of the red-light area of Wan Chai in Hong Kong and smashes the two-dimensional image offered…

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Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes

A revelatory, dynamic and emotional journey behind the scenes of Blue Note Records, the pioneering American label that gave voice to some of the finest…

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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

The film reveals an Ella the world never knew - thoughtful, tough, funny, a bold musical innovator engaged in the issues of her times and…

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Norma Rae

This Oscar-nominated drama follows a young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

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Memoir of War

France's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards, is a brilliant rendering of novelist Marguerite Duras's Second World War experiences in occupied Paris.

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High Life

Claire Denis’s much-anticipated English-language debut and provocative sci-fi drama stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, and André Benjamin as a group of criminals sent…

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Nervous Translation

Nervous Translation seeks to recapture an important period in Philippine history and draw connections to the present day through issues that are still very familiar…

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D.N.W. Chapter 2 International Women’s Day

Today we are thinking of the women and girls who inspire us to take action and make changes in our lives. We made this film…

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D.N.W Chapter 3 Rise Up!

The spirit of suffragette Emily Wilding Davison is released by a mysterious admirer of her work. Unleashed into the 21st Century Emily calls the women…

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The Echo of Pain of the Many + Discussion

A moving and rare documentary by a Latin American woman, recording her return from exile and into the still dangerous and volatile political environment of…

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Pandora’s Box (TV Series)

Two episodes of the classic Granada TV all-female panel show, presented by Joan Bakewell and featuring performances by an early career Victoria Wood followed by…

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Booksmart

Told from a wildly original, fresh and modern perspective, Oliva Wilds directorial debut is an unfiltered comedy about high school best friends and the bonds…

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Dirty God

After a horrific acid attack at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, Jade (Knight) is discharged from hospital. The doctors are happy with her physical progress,…

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Late Night

Emma Thompson stars as a legendary talk show host accused of hating women, so she hires one to join her team of male writers.

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Mari

Acclaimed american choreographer Bobbi Jene Smith shines in this intimate dance-drama about a pregnant dancer from first-time writer/director Georgia Parris.

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Trans Creative at the Movies

Historically starved of cinematic content, transgender audiences have found inventive ways to discover themselves on-screen. Zorian Clayton of Trans Creative and BFI Flare chairs a…

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Desperately Seeking Susan

Madonna burst onto the big screen in her first major role as Susan, the free-spirited New Yorker who lights up the life of timid, repressed…

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D.N.W Short Films

From Sat 4 May - Sun 10 May

A series of guerrilla artworks created to mark 100 years since the Representation of the Peoples Act was passed screened as short films alongide our…

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Double Bill/ I Am Somebody & Red Skirts on Clydeside

A double bill of documentaries represent the vital role women have played in working class struggle and resistance.

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One Hour Intro: The New Woman and Contemporary Indian Cinema

Delve deeper into our Not Just Bollywood film season with this special one-hour introduction that explores the growing power of the female audience at the…

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Waiting

Shot in the picturesque coastal city of Kochi, two strangers strike up an unlikely friendship in a hospital waiting room that leads to an extended…

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Phoenix

Caring for her mentally unstable mother Astrid and younger brother Bo, teenager Jill (Bjørkaas Thedin) has acted like the adult in her family. When tragedy…

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Good Posture

Set in current-day Brooklyn, Good Posture tells the story of Lilian, a lazy but charming and beautiful young woman who, having broken up with her…

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Beyond the Berlin Wall

This specially curated mini season celebrates the opening of the Wall through films made by women directors in the immediate aftermath of the seismic events…

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BFI Musicals! The greatest show on screen

Singing & dancing its way into HOME this Christmas, this diverse & eclectic range of films celebrates the joyful, emotional shared experience of watching film…

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Gently Challenging: The Films of Yasmin Ahmad

Explore a selection of work from Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad.

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Girls on Film Live Podcast Recording: First Birthday Special

The all-female film podcast is one year old and we’d love you the join the party!

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The Promise

The Promise chronicles the lives of five East Berlin youngsters from their dramatic escape to West Berlin after the building of the Berlin Wall in…

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Sorry We Missed You

Retaining the creative team behind the Palme d’Or-winning I, Daniel Blake, director Ken Loach, producer Rebecca O’Brien and writer Paul Laverty focus on a working-class…

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On the Town

“New York, New York, a wonderful town. The Bronx is up but the Battery’s down”. One of the landmark Hollywood musicals of all time, starring…

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Honey Boy

A heart-piercing portrait of childhood trauma and adult self-renewal, Honey Boy marks an auspicious screenwriting debut.

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Ordinary Love

A story about love, survival and the epic questions life throws at each and every one of us.

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Little Women

Writer-director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott.

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American Dream

Kopple’s acclaimed documentary is a sobering and fascinating depiction of the social, economic and emotional ramifications of a community being torn apart.

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Waste Land

Walker’s Oscar-nominated documentary depicts the Brazilian artist and photographer Vik Muniz- an uplifting documentary highlighting the transformative power of art and the beauty of the…

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From the Sea to the Land Beyond

Penny Woolcock’s poetic meditation on Britain's unique coastline and the role it plays in our lives was made from over 100 years of archive footage.

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A Suitable Girl

Khurana and Mundhra’s film follows three young women over four years in India struggling to maintain their identities and follow their dreams amid intense pressure…

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The Swirl

Issues of feminine identity and power, memory, and the influence of family poignantly converge in director Laura Herrero Garvin’s languid and beautiful film.

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In Her View: Women Documentary Filmmakers

A season showcasing women documentary filmmakers, as part of our ongoing programme Celebrating Women in Global Cinema.

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The Kingmaker

In an age when fake news manipulates elections, Imelda Marcos' comeback story serves as a dark fairy tale.

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The Elements Trilogy: Water

The final part of the Elements trilogy is set in  1938 during a time of growing resistance to British rule and deals with the discrimination and ostracism…

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Shooting the Mafia

Documenting the Cosa Nostra's barbaric rule, Letizia Battaglia bore unflinching witness to their crimes. Her photographs, art, and bravery helped to bring an end to…

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Judy and Punch

Mirrah Foulkes turns the traditional story of Punch and Judy on its head and brings to life a fierce, darkly comic and epic female-driven revenge…

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A Death in the Gunj

Life for a shy young Indian student slowly falls to pieces during a family road trip.

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Namdev Bhau in Search of Silence

The mythical ‘Silent Valley’ is the destination for Namdev Bhau, a sixty-five year-old chauffeur who cannot cope with the noise of the city anymore.

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The Elements Trilogy: Fire

Deepa Mehta’s seminal film is a powerful critique of patriarchy and one of the first Indian films to depict a lesbian relationship.

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The Elements Trilogy: Earth

A searing adaptation of Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel ‘Cracking India’  (1991) Deepa Mehta’s second part in the Elements trilogy illustrates how women were victims of Partition.

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Before Stonewall

Revealing and often humorous, the award-winning Before Stonewall exposes the fascinating and unforgettable decade-by-decade history of homosexuality in America

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Chinese Film Forum UK presents / Still Human

Justifiably described by Screen Daily as ‘a real Hong Kong treat’, writer and director Oliver Chan manages to instil her characters with great dignity whilst exploring the city's…

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Eye on the Ball + Q&A

A documentary project by R.AGE to improve disability rights in Malaysia by telling the remarkable story of the national blind football team.

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Seahorse

This extraordinary documentary follows a pregnant transgender man facing challenges in more ways than he ever expected.

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The Farewell

Chinese-born, US-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to China to find that although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch Nai Nai has been given mere…

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Euzhan Palcy Retrospective 

Join us for a small retrospective on Euzhan Palcy, widely acclaimed as one of the most significant filmmakers of her generation.

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A Dry White Season

Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film for this potent drama set at the height of the anti-Apartheid movement.

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Preview/ Tower. A Bright Day

An intense family drama that blurs the boundary between horror and high-art: Two sisters are reunited after six years, although the promised summer idyll it…

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Hero

Presented in association with People’s History Museum as part of Black History Month.

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Cinema Rediscovered/ Adoption

Adoption is a powerful meditation on agency and womanhood.

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Soviet Hippies

A wild flower power ride in the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement

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The China Syndrome + Introduction

Starring Jane Fonda, The China Syndrome is a tense thriller with a decidedly feminist slant

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The Most Influential Woman in America? Jane Fonda, Hollywood and 1970s Politics

Andy Willis will discuss Jane Fonda’s work in the 1970s with film historian Peter Krämer.

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The Original Ass Kickers: Hong Kong Cinema’s Female Action Heroes from Shaw Brothers and Beyond

As part of HOME’s 2019 celebration of women in global cinema we offer a selection of films that together are our salute to Hong Kong…

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Sugar Cane Alley

Euzhan Palcy’s first feature is one of cinema’s great coming-of-age tales. It follows José, an orphan living with his grandmother determined to better the life…

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Harriet

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Inspiring biopic about renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and risked her life to lead others to freedom through the network of safe houses…

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Play for Today/Leeds – United!

Based on real events that took place in 1970 and originally broadcast in 1974, this BBC television drama focuses on the collective action of female…

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Women, Organise!

From surprising musicals to moving and heartfelt documentaries, this season to celebrate women's ongoing activism on screen.

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Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll: Episodes 1-3

Originally broadcast in 1999, as part of HOME’s Debbie Horsfield retrospective we will screen all six episodes of Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll over…

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The German Sisters

The Esslin sisters channeled their feminist activism in very different directions.

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Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg is Margarethe von Trotta’s remarkable biopic of one of the most fascinating figures in modern European political history.

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Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll: Episodes 4-6

As part of HOME’s Debbie Horsfield retrospective we will screen all six episodes of Sex, Chips & Rock n’ Roll over two days

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The Second Awakening of Christa Klages

Von Trotta’s solo directorial debut follows a young woman who robs a bank to pay for her daughter’s day-care.

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Course/ Women in Science Fiction

This 8 week course will explore the relationship between women and science fiction film and how they have been represented.

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Women in Film & Broadcast Meet-up

Informal networking session to meet up with fellow female creatives involved in making or curating films, TV or any moving image work.

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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

A jaded, out-of-work biographer (McCarthy) resorts to selling forged historical letters on the black market and grapples with the ethical complications that arise.

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Ushers’ Film of the Year 2019/ Capernaum

Winner of the Jury Award at Cannes, writer-director Nadine Labaki (Caramel) returns with a stunningly realised drama that charts the journey of children on the…

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On The Basis of Sex

In the year of the 25th anniversary of Ginsburg’s appointment to the Supreme Court, the film offers hope and inspiration to a new generation.

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A Deal with the Universe

Jason Barker’s debut feature documentary, produced by Manchester-based Loran Dunn, is a very personal chronicle of becoming a parent.

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One Hour Intro/ Margarethe von Trotta

For this informal introduction we bring together a number of experts to discuss the career of Margarethe von Trotta.

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A Private War

Rosamund Pike stars as war correspondent Marie Colvin.

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The Kindergarten Teacher

The second feature from writer/director Sara Colangelo probes issues of boredom, thwarted ambition and perhaps most potently, transgression.

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Out of Blue

A homicide detective’s (Clarkson) investigation into the shooting of a leading astrophysicist and black-hole expert destabilises her view of the universe and herself.

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Premiere/ Havana Divas

Caridad Amaran and Georgina Wong learned the art of Cantonese opera in Havana during WWII and toured Cuba to perform.

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Talk/ ”I’m the Greatest Star”: Barbra Streisand and American Popular Culture in the 1960/70s

Andy Willis will discuss Barbra Streisand's place in American popular culture of the 1960s and 1970s with film historian Peter Krämer.

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Funny Girl

Based on a long-running Broadway show, this big-budget musical biopic was Barbra Streisand’s first movie.

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Girls on Film: Live Podcast Recording February 2019

The all-female film review podcast Girls On Film was initiated by film journalist Anna Smith in response to calls for more female voices in film criticism.

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Welcome II the Terrordome

This strikingly original, ground-breaking low budget British film presents a dystopian future where black inhabitants have been forced to live in the drug infested Terrordome,…

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Ngozi Onwurah Shorts

This collection of shorter works by Ngozi Onwurah showcases her cinematic explorations of race, gender and identity.

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Ngozi Onwurah Season

Ngozi Onwurah is a pioneer of British cinema and HOME acknowledges this with a retrospective of her ground-breaking work.

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Love and Desire in Palestine

The programme explores experiences of romantic love, love of family as well as love for one’s homeland. 

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Day Course/ Ida Lupino: Working Both Sides of the Camera

A full day session exploring the work of inspirational filmmaker Ida Lupino.

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The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019/ People Still Call It Love: Passion, Affection and Destruction in Japanese Cinema

. The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2019 features thoughtfully selected works from Japan’s artistic repertoire.

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Salaam Pakistan Film Festival/ Song of Lahore

Song of Lahore examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan's classical musicians, and asks whether there is still room for them in a…

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The Personal is Political – The Films of Margarethe von Trotta

One of the most gifted – but often overlooked – directors to come from the New German Cinema movement, we are delighted to be bringing…

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First Episodes: Making Out and Cutting It Q&A

We will be joined by writer Debbie Horsfield for a Q&A following this screening.

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Bread and Roses

Ken Loach's together with regular collaborators writer Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien, venture to the US to make a film inspired by the ‘justice…

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Sweet Sixteen

A return screening of Loach's highly acclaimed drama about Scottish youngster teenager Liam who sets out to raise the money for a better home for…

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Friendship’s Death

Rebecca O’Brien’s first credit as a producer is this collaboration with director and film theorist Peter Wollen.

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North Country

The fictional account of America's first successful sexual harassment case is based on the experiences of Lois Jenson, who worked at the EVTAC mine in…

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley

Director Ken Loach's politically-charged story of Ireland's fight for independence and descent into civil war.

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The Seashell and the Clergyman

Dulac’s superb Seashell and the Clergyman lays claim to being the earliest Surrealist film and is a classic of French avant-garde cinema. See it with…

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Goodbye First Love

Goodbye First Love is a sincere and heart-felt story of teenage love and loss from critically acclaimed French director Mia Hansen-Løve. Fifteen-year-old Camille and her…

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Cart

Bu Ji-young’s topical drama explores the plight of Korea’s temporary workers.  When a shy and devoted mother is laid-off at work, she somehow finds the…

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Double Bill/ Beryl Cook: Bosom Pals + A Day in the Life of Beryl Cook

Artist Beryl Cook’s deadpan approach to painting her subjects reveals the humour and pathos of the extraordinary; the pictorial equivalent of Les Dawson’s bawdy mimicry.

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About a War

This feature documentary presents compelling testimonies of ex-fighters from the Lebanese Civil War who volunteer a rare glimpse into the trauma, regret and redemption of…

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Waru

Eight female Maori directors have each contributed a ten-minute vignette, presented as a continuous shot in real time, that unfolds around the tangi (funeral) of…

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Debbie Horsfield Retrospective

A small retrospective of the work of Debbie Horsfield, one of the most established female writers of popular drama on British television.

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Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Winner of the Best Documentary award at Tribeca, the first feature documentary from Gabrielle Brady is an all-encompassing, lyrical and deeply moving tribunal on inhumanity.

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The Marvellous Mabel Normand: The Leading Lady of Film Comedy

The trailblazing Mabel Normand – who starred in 167 shorts and 23 features – gets her long-overdue moment in the spotlight.

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The Marvellous Mabel Normand: The Leading Lady of Film Comedy Live Accompaniment

This screening will have a live musical accompaniment by The Meg Morley Trio who have a newly commissioned score for the films. The performers for…

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New East Cinema/ Bridges of Time

This beautiful, poetic film explores the lesser known generation of documentary filmmakers of the Baltic New Wave, with moving extracts from features shot in 1960s…

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The Favourite

Acclaimed at the Venice Film festival, the latest work from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) is a more mainstream affair but still…

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An Impossible Love

Based on a book by controversial French novelist Christine Angot – Claire Denis’ co-writer on Let the Sunshine In – this is a hugely impressive…

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RBG

At the age of 84, US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.…

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A New Leaf

One of America’s greatest comic legends, Elaine May, made her debut as writer and director with the wonderful A New Leaf. Unanimously acclaimed, but unavailable…

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Mary Queen of Scots

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart (Ronan) defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim…

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Destroyer

When a new case uncovers traumas from a past undercover operation, an LAPD detective is forced to face her personal and professional demons, in this…

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Bergman: A Year in a Life

Bergman: A Year in a Life focuses on 1957, one of the most prolific years for the Swedish director, when he shot two films, opened…

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Debbie Horsfield: First Episodes: Making Out and Cutting It

Throughout her career Debbie Horsfield has excelled in writing accessible, ensemble dramas that revolve around strong female characters. In this special double bill we will…

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Island of the Hungry Ghosts Q&A

We will be joined by director Gabrielle Brady and Poh Lin Lee for a Q&A following this screening.

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A Feeling Greater than Love

Mary Jirmanus Saba’s first feature-length film is a poignant enquiry into the political activism of factory workers, especially women, in Lebanon before the outbreak of…

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Rebecca O’Brien Season

Best known for her politically committed work, most often in collaboration with director Ken Loach and Screenwriter Paul Laverty, Rebecca O’Brien is one of Europe’s…

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Alien

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic celebrates its 40th anniversary.

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The Watermelon Woman

An aspiring black lesbian filmmaker (Cheryl Dunye) researches an obscure 1940s black actress billed as the Watermelon Woman.

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Charlie Bubbles

Albert Finney turned director for this surreal comic twist on the ‘kitchen sink’ dramas in which he’d made his name. Based on a screenplay by…

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Chinese Film Forum UK presents/ No.1 Chung Ying Street

Acclaimed director Derek Chiu’s 18th feature follows four young people involved in the 1967 Hong Kong Leftist Riot; half a century later, another four face…

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The Fight

Tina, a busy mother of three, can barely find any time for herself. But things are about to get even more complicated when the reappearance…

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New East Cinema/ My Friend the Polish Girl

A young American documentarian, casts a Polish woman in her film about the life of migrants in London after the Brexit referendum, as their relationship…

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Bigger than Life presents/ Beau Travail

Claire Denis' powerful examination of masculinity, is a stunning combination of literature, music, poetry and dance that explores the near mythical world of the French…

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¡Viva! presents/ Too Late to Die Young

Dominga Sotomayor’s latest award-winning film is a beguiling coming-of-age drama set in a post-Pinochet’s dictatorship Chile, in the summer of 1990.

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Freedom Fields

Naziha Arebi offers an intimate look at post-revolution Libya through the eyes of an aspiring all-female football team, whose struggle to gain mainstream acceptance mirrors…

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Happy as Lazzaro

The adventures of a time-travelling man living on the fringes of society

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3 Faces

Behnaz Jafari turns to filmmaker Jafar Panahi to help solve a young girl’s troubles.

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Madeline’s Madeline

Exploring ideas of race and identity, cultural appropriation and exploitation as well as the creative process, Madeline's Madeline is a heady, fearless, incredibly invigorating work.

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Rafiki

Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety, surrounded by insular gossip,…

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The Pajama Game

This joyus Doris Day vehicle is a big budget adaptation of a runaway Broadway success. A typical romantic story set against the backdrop of a…

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Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the…

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Stories from She Punks

Loud, fearless and (un)typical girls: Gina Birch (The Raincoats) and Helen Reddington (The Chefs), musicians and punk icons turned directors, serve up a fascinating documentary…

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Stories from She Punks Q&A

We will be joined by directors Gina Birch and Helen Reddington for a Q&A following the 18:00 screening of Stories from She Punks on Sat…

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North Country + Introduction

The 17:50 screening of North Country will be introduced by Sarah Woolley, Organising Regional Secretary for the Bakers and Allied Food Workers Union (BFAWU).

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The Nightcleaners

This feature-length, self-reflexive documentary explores the struggle to unionise the women workers who clean office blocks at night and who, as well as being unpaid,…

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Girls on Film: Live Podcast Recording April 2019

Film critic and broadcaster Anna Smith back with her second installment of new female-led live podcast, Girls On Film, with guests Rhianna Dhillon (BBC 6Music)…

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Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me

Archive footage, interviews, and reconstruction tell the story of soul singer, Teddy Pendergrass

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Never Stop: A Music That Resists

This striking and beautifully filmed documentary tells the compelling and unexpected story of Detroit techno and the independent labels that enabled its stubbornly independent underground…

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Out of Blue Q&A

On Thu 14 March at 18:00 we will have a special preview screening followed by a Q&A with director Carol Morley.

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Filmed Up Sep 2019 / Women in Local Cinema Special (18)

Discover short films from all genre that are being produced in our region and meet the filmmakers.

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Carol Morley Season

To coincide with the release of the masterful Out Of Blue we host a celebration of the work of Carol Morley.

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UK Premiere/ Tiempo después

In the year 9177 the whole world has been reduced to just one Representative Building and the grimy outskirts inhabited by the unemployed. A delicious…

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Ana de día

With its vibrant use of sound and colour, masterful framing and editing, plus a whole host of quirky characters, this is a thrilling journey into…

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Petra

Auteur filmmaker Rosales brings the atmosphere of Greek tragedy to contemporary Spain in this portrait of a broken family suffering the consequences of secrets, lies…

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UK Premiere/ Memorias de un hombre en pijama

In this classic 2D animation Paco, a 40-something bachelor from Barcelona, finally sees his childhood dream come true: a job working from home in his…

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UK Premiere/ Alanis

A young Buenos Aires mother finds employment as a sex worker and struggles to live under the same laws that are supposed to protect her.

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Miriam miente

This coming-of-age story transports you to the Caribbean to discuss class conflict in the Dominican Republic. In this conflict whiteness is aligned with higher status,…

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Jean-François i el sentit de la vida

A witty and whimsical take on the growing pains of adolescence, following a young teenager Francesc who finds solace in French existential philosophy.

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El Silencio de otros

The film captures the first attempt to bring to justice those accused of political crimes committed in the name of General Franco’s government. In a…

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International Women’s Weekender

To mark International Women’s Day 2019, we’re excited to present a weekend of special events for all ages and all people, as part of our…

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Feminists of the Future: Craft and Storytelling Event

Feminism isn’t just for grown-ups. Encouraging the little voices of today to be the big voices of tomorrow, join us for a relaxed morning of…

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Rojo

Set in mid seventies Argentina, this hypnotic drama follows, a successful lawyer, whose idyllic life begins to unravel when an encounter with a stranger turns violent.

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UK Premiere/ Viaje a los pueblos fumigados

From the clearing of ancient forests, to the indiscriminate fumigation with pesticides that poison land and people, Solanas crosses the country with furious determination to…

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Las Niñas bien

A vicious and delicious social satire set amongst Mexico’s country club elite during the 1982 debt crisis, telling the downfall of a queen bee socialite.

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La Teta y la luna

In a small town in Catalonia, nine-year-old Tete frets at the arrival of his new baby brother, and jealously dreams of drinking from his mother’s…

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Huevos de oro

A characteristically melodramatic black comedy about the rise and fall of a loathsome lothario. Through a decade of sexual adventures packed with machismo and misogyny…

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UK Premiere/ En las estrellas

Struggling to cope with his current reality, grieving husband Víctor takes his devoted nine-year-old son on flights of fancy using some delightful animation and 2D…

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UK Premiere/ El Motoarrebatador

Miguel makes a living as a motochorro, a thief snatching bags from his motorbike. But when a victim ends up badly hurt Miguel is plagued…

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Yuli

A flamboyant visual and musical treat with some truly spectacular dancing, Yuli tells the rags-to-riches story of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta, based on his…

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Birds of Passage

The origins of the Colombian drug trade, as seen through eyes of an indigenous Wayuu family that becomes involved in the booming business of selling…

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Women at HOME Party

To launch our landmark, year-long season, Celebrating Women in Global Cinema - profiling women’s achievements in film to date and empowering the female creatives of…

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System Crasher

Controversial from the moment it premiered at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingscheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic and…

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