Sun 21 Aug 1.30PM: Animation and Experimental Shorts

SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 1.30 pm at the RIO CINEMA
ANIMATION AND EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS SESSION + panel discussion with Judith Rifeser (director, A Letter of Love to You), Fateme Ahmadi (director, One Thousand and One Teardrops), Maryam Mohajer (animator, One Thousand and One Teardrops), and Terry Wragg (founding member of Leeds Animation Workshop; They Call Us Maids). Chaired by Linnéa Haviland (award-winning artist, filmmaker, and animator)

The Trees WORLD PREMIEREThe Trees 2
Director: Rebecca Murrell / 2016 / Canada / Rating: PG / 2 mins
Addresses the clichés and expectations forced upon women in today’s society. With a twist on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood tale, this short film brings the audience in to a much darker story, yet one that is all too true.

They Call Us MaidsThey Call Us Maids 
Director: Leeds Animation Workshop / 2015 / UK / Rating: PG / 7 mins
Animation telling the story of the thousands of women from extremely poor backgrounds around the world who have to find work abroad to support their families. Employed as ‘maids’, and isolated in foreign households, many of these workers find themselves trapped in conditions of great hardship. Made in partnership with Justice 4 Domestic Workers, the film is based on real life stories of migrant domestic workers, using vivid watercolour animation to reveal some disturbing truths about modern slavery.

A Letter of Love to You WORLD PREMIEREA Letter of Love 2
Director: Judith Rifeser / 2016 / UK / Rating: U / 3 mins
This short experimental film seeks to question our common use of the three-word sentence that is supposed to be the ultimate declaration of love. Why do we objectify what we love? By making use of Luce Irigaray’s ideas on feminine subjectivity, the film seeks to be a letter of love to ourselves and the world that surrounds us.

Beach(es) (Plage(s)) UK PREMIEREBeaches
Director: Lucie Szechter / 2014 / France / Rating: PG / 10 mins / Subtitled
Yuko is not always sure how to listen to her body and her desires. A friendship emerges from this stationary drifting.
“This film feels like a soap bubble, light and captivating, and pops just as you thought you’d caught it.” Nouvel Écran
Winner Prix Court d’ici, Nice Film Festival (2014).

Sharla Shabana Sojourner Selena EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Director: Rehana Zaman / 2016 / UK / Rating: 12A / 22 mins
A skit, an audition, and some treatments. This film sees a succession of female narrators recount personal experiences and reflections on the possibility to be. It examines an intersectional female experience through testimony, performance, and bodily contact.

One Thousand and One Teardrops
Director: Fateme Ahmadi / 2014 / UK / Rating: U / 17 mins

Award-winning short featuring a collage of cutout animation, archive footage, motion graphics, satire, and music, focussing on dress codes for women in Iran. On her first day of school, Louly is faced with a question: what should she wear? The ugly school uniform or whatever she wants? Luckily, she is visited by a magic teardrop-keeper who helps her make a choice by telling the story of how the women of her nation, Iran, have strived to answer this question for 200 years. Narrated by Shappi Khorsandi.
“Mixing archive material and animation in a style reminiscent of Terry Gilliam’s animations for Monty Python, mixed with Persian patterns and elegance, this is a feast for the eyes.” Open City Docs Film Festival
Winner Best Documentary, Beeston Film Festival (2015).
Winner Special Jury Mention for Best UK Short, East End Film Festival (2015).
Nominated for Best Animated Short Film, Orlando Film Festival (2014).