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Self-determined. Women make film

Copyright Julie Biro and Lorenz Findeisen

The project offers a selection of women from all parts of Iraq and with different artistic backgrounds the chance to learn about filmmaking and enables them to participate confidently in the cultural, political and social space.

International and Iraqi filmmakers will lead different workshops on filmmaking on topics such as scenario writing, cinematography, editing, production, etc. In addition, experts on specific film-related topics will give masterclasses and interactive trainings throughout the programme. The participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a gender training and learn about the UN Resolution 1325 as well as discuss women’s issues in Iraq and how to reflect it in their cinematic work.

The aim of the project is to make the voices of women in Iraq visible and audible by ensuring that their artistic potential is accessible to a broader audience. Following the multi-stage training and production process for and with women, several films shot by the participants will be presented to the public at a one-day film festival by the end of the year.

Through the interdisciplinary network that the participants will be building up, they will be encouraged to continue to exchange ideas and together make the interests and views of women in the Iraqi society more visible. These films are cut and edited by the participants under professional guidance and will be subtitled in Arabic, Kurdish and English.

Copyright Julie Biro and Lorenz Findeisen

“Self-determined. Women make film”is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

If you want to know more about the project or get involved in it, please contact Hatice Özyurt.