To celebrate International Women’s Day, Concern Worldwide, Hot Press and the Light House Cinema are running an International Women’s Day Film Festival.
“We are delighted to launch the inaugural International Women’s Day Film Festival” said Concern’s Liz Yeates. “In addition to having some remarkable and award-winning films on the schedule, we will highlight Concern’s work with women through a Women of Concern photo exhibition, talks and short films.
“This is the beginning of an exciting date on the calendar and next year we aim to build it into a two or three-day multi-faceted multi-dimensional festival, incorporating films by female directors and guests from developing countries. We hope people will come out to support the first International Women’s Day Film Festival at the Light House cinema for what is a very strong and entertaining schedule.”
Tickets are available from the Light House cinema box office at a cost of €20 for a daily ticket or €9 per feature film and 50% of the proceeds will go towards Women of Concern, supporting women’s projects in Bangladesh. Visit www.lighthousecinema.ie or call Concern on 01 417 8064 for more information on this event and on Concern’s other International Women’s Day events on March 8th.
Below is more information about the films and Q&A sessions that will be run today, including a Q&A with Ken Wardrop, the director of the beautiful, heartwarming, tender His & Hers.
4.40pm: The White Dress
The white dress is the story of a little girl on her communion day but unlike other little girls she is making her communion all on her own.
5.00pm: Oranges and Sunshine
Starring Emily Watson as Margaret Humphreys, the British social worker who brought a shameful secret to world attention in the late ‘80s, Oranges and Sunshine tells the true story of hundreds of thousands of children who were deported to Australia in the 1940s and 1950s by the British government, and the struggle of one woman to reclaim their identity.
6.45pm: Music by Prudence
This Oscar winning documentary has received an amazing response from press and audiences all across the world.
Music by Prudence tells a self-empowering story of one young woman’s struggle who, together with her band, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds and, in her own voice conveys to the world that disability does not mean inability.
7.20pm: As if I am not there
‘As If I Am Not There’ is a story of a young woman from Sarajevo whose life is shattered the day a young soldier walks into her apartment and tells her to pack her things.
Stripped of everything she ever had and facing the constant threat of death, she struggles against all the hatred she sees around her. In a final act of courage or madness, she decides to make one last stand: to dare to be herself. And this simple act saves her life.
9.00pm: Q&A session with Juanita Wilson, Director of ‘As If I Am Not There’
9.20pm: His & Hers
“A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.”
From kitchens, living rooms, and hallways across the Irish midlands, His & Hers delightfully combines observation and charm to tell a 90-year-old love story through the voices of 70 women. This intimate gender and cultural snapshot explores a woman’s relationships with the men in her life—father, boyfriend, husband, son.
His & Hers is an enchanting and affectionate appreciation for woman in all her versatility.
10.40pm: Q&A session with Ken Wardrop, Director of ‘His & Hers’