WOW has been celebrating the riches of world cinema since 2001, bringing an eclectic, intriguing, and moving selection of films from around the globe to cinemas across Wales. WOW presents a selection of the very best in world cinema – and sometimes a film from Wales too.
Leila Sansour gave a tremendously successful Q&A at Taliesin Arts Centre on Monday night, when 190 people attended the WOW festival screening of Open Bethlehem, an event well supported by Swansea's Palestine support groups. Pictured from left to right are David Gillam, Open Bethlehem's director Leila Sansour and her assistant Julia Katarina.
With the support of Conversations About Cinema, we have been able to document a number of the panel discussions that have taken place during the 2015 WOW film festival.
Fadhili Maghiya (Watch Africa Film Festival), Dr Rachel Langford (Cardiff University) and Sandra Skinner (Hay Timbuktu) discuss issues raised by Abderrahmane Sissako's film Timbuktu andthe nuances and complexity of the socio-political situation in Mali.
WOW Festival Director David Gillam is joined by guests Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad (School of Oriental and African Studies, Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi (St Andrews University) and Ehsan Khoshbakht (Iranian Film Critic, Curator ad Architect) who discuss the Iranian classics Hamoun by Dariush Mehrjui and Under the Skin of the City by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad.
We're delighted that Dukhtar/Daughter Director Afia Nathaniel and Co-producer Cordelia Stephens, will be joining WOW for Q&As following all three screenings of their award winning film at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff this month. They have some amazing stories to tell about their experiences, both in the lead up to and during the making of Dukhtar/Daughter, which was filmed in the Himalayan mountains in the north of Pakistan. For example, how they overcame the obstacles of getting a film made in a desolate region disputed between Pakistan and India, where no other film crew had been given permission to film.