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.
In the run up to our festival screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we're posting a daily blog on our friends and supporters' childhood experiences of cinema. I thought it would be nice to start things off with why The Jungle Book is my favourite children’s film. Aged 11 I was taken to see The Jungle Book as a Christmas treat by my grandmother in a huge old Odeon in the middle of Birmingham. We had to queue to get in and the cinema was packed with excited kids. An atmosphere more like the circus or pantomime than the empty, echoing cinemas I’d been used to up till then. It was a hugely influential experience on the rest of my life. Why couldn’t we all be happy with the “simple bare necessities of life”? It seemed to me unarguably true that hanging out with Baloo, playing in the jungle and living free was more fun than going back to school.
For the 2nd post on 'Women in World Cinema', WOW interviewed Kenyan director Judy Kibinge, who spoke about her childhood cinema memories, her latest film Something Necessary and what motivated her to become a filmmaker.
To celebrate International Women's Day, in the first of a series of features on women in world cinema, WOW interviewed Lucia Puenzo, the Argentinian author and director, who is known for her groundbreaking films XXY and Wakolda (The German Doctor), which features in the 2014 WOW Film Festival.