Uncovering Stories: Filmmakers Breaking the Rules

12.02.2014 - Haifaa Al Mansour, Umut Dağ, Marie Ka, Dorothee Wenner

    Films are an excellent medium to reveal societal codes and rules, often through exceptional characters who question or overturn them. Haifaa Al Mansour, the first Saudi woman to make a film, and Berlinale Talents alumna from 2009, returns to discuss her film Wadjda, which won numerous prizes. Also joining are Austrian director Umut Dağ (Cracks in Concrete) and Senegalese filmmaker Marie Ka to discuss her film The Other Woman, a controversial love story set in Dakar.


    Haifaa Al Mansour

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    Often called the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and one of the most significant cinematic figures in the Arab world. She followed her short films WHO?, THE BITTER JOURNEY and THE ONLY WAY OUT with the award-winning documentary WOMEN WITHOUT SHADOW. Her feature debut WADJDA premiered in Venice in 2012 and was selected as the Saudi Arabian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, which is the first time Saudi Arabia has submitted a film for this award.

    Umut Dağ

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    Austrian-born filmmaker of Kurdish origin. After studying at the Filmacademy Vienna he won several awards for his short films and music videos. His feature debut KUMA opened the Berlinale Panorama section in 2012, where his second feature CRACKS IN CONCRETE will again feature in 2014.

    Marie Ka

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    Senegalese-Martinican filmmaker and screenwriter. She is the driving force behind Dakar-based production company Picture Box. Projects range from educational series for the West African market to fictional films. She studied film in France and California before returning home to concentrate on African stories. She has won various awards for her writing notably at Fespaco and at the Carthage Film Festival. Picture Box is currently developing its first feature film, short films and a television series for children.

    Dorothee Wenner

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    A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.