FESTIVAL FILMS 2017 International Images Film Festival For Women


by Elefterios Zacharopoulos / Belgium

One day a woman called 911 and ordered a pizza...And this time it's not a joke...

Abagore: Empowering Rural Women In Rwanda

by Obiamaka Onyebum / Rwanda

A documentary based on the research on leveraging on indigenous technology for the empowerment of rural women in Rwanda

Abina And The Important Men

by Soumyaa Behrens / USA

Trevor Getz and Liz Clark’s graphic novel about a young woman who fights for her freedom in the courts of Africa’s gold coast in the late 1800’s comes to life in an animated feature produced by the Documentary Film Institute at San Francisco State University. The novel won the James Harvey Robinson prize in 2014.

A Day For Women

by Kamla Abu Zekry / Egypt

A new swimming pool opens in a Cairo district, with the announcement that Sundays will be only for females. This causes ripples throughout the local community, while three women - Shamiya, Azza, and Lula - assess their varying lives.


by Xahid Khan / India

Alert - Condition: Red is film about a young girl who stepped into adulthood. The young girl gets her first menstrual period in public place and she have to struggle with peoples prickly and bizarre look. She felt embarrassed and naive about her condition as she doesn’t know about what period is? She walks on to scooty and sit there for relax. When the owner that scooty came and gets to know about her situation and he calls a stranger woman to rescue her. Both the man and woman helped her and sent her to home.

Am I not a mother?

by Lawrie Zidyana / UK

Three Zimbabwean women share their experiences of post natal depression.

As We See It

by Shirley Gunn, Sharon Farr / South Africa

This documentary gives frank and poignant insight into the realities of life for people living with albinism and visual impairment across the generational spectrum. Vuyiswa Kama (66), Delicia de Vos(40), Sonele Ntsundwana (22) and Tono Blaai (14) share their experiences as school goers and explore the benefits and challenges of mainstream versus special schooling. Although South Africa is moving towards an inclusive education model, learners face many challenges and hard choices in overcoming the barriers to learning.

Baby - Kandhaa

by Solomon K George / India

The single shot movie which narrates the incident of a girl in a night in her farm house. Girl Annie goes to farm house to sell it off and that is her visit after her childhood but she feels someone's invisible existence in that house and she finds her way to come out from those obstacles but she ends up with an unbelievable secret about her and she concludes that secret with her childhood incidents.


by Inês Oliveira/ Portugal

Sofia lives a strangely isolated life in the old apartment gathering dust where she grew up in Lisbon. Mariama arrives from Guinea-Bissau, having been hired by Sofia's mother to help take care of the house and also her son. But where is he, this son who never shows his face? It is the appearance of Bobô, Mariama's younger sister, who awakens in Sofia the desire to take a stand and to get out of her shell. Behind a resolute smile, Mariama is in fear for young Bobô, about to undergo female genital mutilation by the hands of their grandmother. The forced cohabitation between Sofia and Mariana makes them confront their own private ghosts. BOBÔ is without doubt a film from a strong female perspective, not aiming the tangible but the transcendental. The film tackles universal questions such as death, the order of the world, the unnameable.


by Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Lövdin / Sweden

When one's traveling the streets of Kampala one does not only face a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment but also struggles to go through endless queues, pollutions, motorcyclists and cars attacking you from every angle which is a energy-consuming dilemma. Politicians seems to have given up but there are a few people who strives to show that there are alternative ways of movements. The urban planner Amanda Ngabirano's biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city. An impossible task, according to most people, but not according to Amanda.


by Michael Dorfling / South Africa

A group of Rhodes University students in South Africa grow tired of rape being treated less seriously than plagiarism. They compile a list of alleged rapists on campus. The list goes viral, and it sparks two weeks of protests and disruption. Eventually the police fire rubber bullets at students and the university obtains an interdict against the protesting students. But students push on to make their voices heard.

E D (Enough)

by Nkanya Nkwai / Cameroon

E Do is a story of domestic violence following the life of a little girl, living in a chaotic household with dueling parents. The effect of this trauma follows her though scarring here physically and emotionally until she becomes the unintended victim


by Abraham Demissie / Ethiopia

Enkopa depicts the struggles of an Ethiopian young woman, Enkopa, who wants to travel to Canada through neighbouring country Sudan illegally in search of a better life. Enkopa portrays her efforts for survival against the brutality and inhuman treatment of traffickers. But her journey take a detour when she faces sexual abuse, the constant demand for more cash from her traffickers, lack of support and huge expectation from her family back home. She finds herself compelled to work in Khartoum. She makes friends along the way, face their challenges and betrayal as they fight from stereotypical police who thinks "all Ethiopian women are whores". While her hope to land in Canada is shattered and facing hardship in Sudan, her family puts high pressure to go through the misery because they want her to succeed like their neighbour’s daughters. However, in every hardship one might find love but it might come with an attachment. After lots of up and downs, she realizes that one cannot achieve goals though illegal migration and she eventually prefers to maintain her identity.


by Soraya Milla / France

Philomène, a teenager of African origin, loves Bastien, a guy in her class. But with her frizzy hair, she doesn't feel she has the weapons of seduction to challenge those girls with vaporous hair. She gets a weave. Philomène lives this capillary change as a metamorphosis.

Factory Girl

by Mohamed Khan / Egypt

Hayam is a factory worker who is living in a low middle class area, along with other factory girls. She thought that her feelings for the new supervisor in the factory can grow bigger in spite of the class differences between them, and although he shared some feelings with her but the cruel reality calls when a pregnancy test is found in the factory and because she did not hide her feelings, everybody accused her of being a sinner even her close friends and family. The factory girl does not want to defend herself and that made her pay a big price dealing with a society that does not accept proud women.

F is for Father

by Sihle Mthembu/ South Africa

F is for father is a film that deconstructs the meaning of fatherhood in the black community in South Africa today. Told through the candid, funny and insightful interviews with 6 participants, the film relives their experiences of fatherhood. Their interviews are interwoven with a series of monologues based on true South African stories of fatherhood. Award-winning journalist and actors collaborate to bring to life texts documenting the notion of fatherhood.

Girls Who Cut Their Hair Short

by Jelica Jerinić / Serbia

In the society where professions of pilot, taxi driver, cobbler and football player are perceived as "male jobs", we follow the lives of four women with exactly these occupations.

Having A Vision- Gender Action

by Kees-Jan Mulder / Netherlands

The lives of a group of female farmers in Zimbabwe change drastically after they start to formulate and to share their visions. Using the power of symbols and principles of inclusion, the Gender Action Learning System helps rural populations to improve livelihoods and gender equality, negotiate better prices for their goods and increase their influence on local economies.

In My Fathers Village

by Tapiwa Kapuya / Zimbabwe

Rhuveneko, 19, goes back to her family's village to claim her inheritance when the village holds a meeting to distribute land. Her father, Chief Matsika, died during Zimbabwe's brutal liberation war in the 1970s. Now Ruvheneko's uncle is Chief. As his greedy and corrupt nature is exposed at the village meeting, Rhuveneko learns of her father's true nature.

I'm Not A Rebel

by Sergio Sánchez Suárez / Mexico/Spain

Mexico 1968: students are the public enemy. Mitch, a wealthy student of Monterrey, hijacks a plane to retrieve Beatrice, who has been kidnapped by the secret police six months ago. Armed with a gun, which he doesn't know how to use, and helped by his two friends as allies, Mitch will face the most bloodthirsty General and force him to release the love of his life.

Kimpa Vita: The Mother Of The African Revolution

by Ne Kunda Nlaba/ DRC

The fifteenth century was a time when the legacy of powerful African Kingdoms were wickedly invaded by the West. The African people’s rich and plentiful history-interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new lands. In the account, The Great Kingdom of Kongo was no exception. A century later in 1704, a fearless young woman decides to fight for her country and while she tragically meets her demise, and is burned alive on the 2nd of July 1706, she is always remembered throughout her Kingdom as, Kimpa Vita: The Mother of the African Revolution.



11 years old JOHNI and his ten year old sister SONI stumble on a sack of cash hidden by the thugs ROBAA and KAUZI. When the two thugs realise it is the kids,they try to track down and retrieve the money but their bungling ways create more comedy than horror. Soni, the braver of the two kids convinces Johni to not let their mother MAMA JOHNI into the secret. However in a twist of events, their farm hand MWAKAZI, unknowingly handles the loot, but loses it to MALI the hawker. Will the bumbling thugs manage to retrieve the money or will the kids outwit them? A Swahili comedy set in Kenya, Kizingo shows the twists and turns that fate throws on even the best laid plans.

Lee Su-a

by Hyeon-woo SON / Korea

LEE Su-a is living with single mother who has dementia. She was always struggled with money to pay for medical bills and house rent while searching for a part time job at night. One of the most comforting things was meeting her only friend JANG Hae-ju, while she works. But she was sexually harassed by a colleague, and couldn’t go to work again. The only thing she want is to live a ‘normal life’ like other people, but it’s not allowed in her life. In this unholy mess she accidentally met her unforgivable Ex-boyfriend SON Woo-jin. Accidental Coincidence and unintentional intention, Crime and Punishment repercussion, revenge and love.. SON Woo-jin is asking her pardon, and is LEE Su-a going to forgive him?


by Peter Kariuki / Kenya

"LOTTA" is a film that addresses the dark side of Female Genital Mutilation, a cultural rite of passage still being practised in some Kenyan communities under the veil even after the government and human rights organizations' attempt to end it. Lotta is a young girl who believes that education is the empowerment tool to an African girl, and not F.G.M. Lotta's mother forces her to get circumcised but she is adamant. The future seems bleak for Lotta when her mum threatens to disown and chase her from home should she disobey being circumcised. She has no choice. Will her fears be confirmed?

Mizizi (Roots)

by Biko Nyongesa / Kenya

MIZIZI is a Film about a young man ‘Mike’ who is struggling to determine his sexual orientation under the banner of a family with strong Christian values and strong negative influence from his friends; the Film intends to highlight the plight of such people and to get the society to discuss the outstanding matters that arise in the Film objectively.

Moving Out

by SeoHee Choi, John Han / US

A teenage daughter is loading heavy luggage onto a car as she is preparing to move away from her rural home. She believes that she is prepared to take the world head on, as most teenagers do and wants to prove it by loading the heavy luggage onto the car herself without the help of her mother.

My Father's Project

by Rosaria / Brazil

I’ve a friend and he says we have to draw the same thing over and over, till it looks exactly the way you want it to.

Over My Dead Body

by Kihire Kennedy / Uganda

Boona is in her senior six vacation and her parents Mbogo, a high school teacher and Ngoma, a house wife are torn between taking her ahead to University and giving her away to Tomusange, a wealthy man whom she claims to love and amidst all this, there is an in-house battle of their family financial woes.

Peanut Butter

by Manu Chobe / India

A coming of age story where a woman is made aware of the next evolutionary step that she is to take…A step that is bold and nonconforming to existing social paradigms…is Priya Mathur up to the challenge?

Pixels Of Ubuntu/Unhu

by Tari Mtetwa / Zimbabwe

‘Pixels Of Ubuntu/Hunhu’ explores the experiences of Zimbabwean artists who represented the country at the recently held Venice Biennale whose exhibition was themed around Ubuntu/Hunhu a uniquely African philosophy of humanity and manner and how this Ubuntu is ‘pixilating’ because of foreign cultures that threatens its organic existence. The film gives a panoramic view of Zimbabwean economic and socio-political environment, comments on the influences and identity issues that the artist confront in their quest to maintain an African identity and also break free from falling into stereotypes.

Release From Heaven

by Ali Noori Oskouei / Iran

In a war torn country, a female writer and teacher has to accompany two of her students on a life changing journey.


by Jumic Emma Anderson / Ghana

Running is a short narrative film which tells a story about a 13 years old girl, Segua. Segua’s desire of attaining greatness in life compels her to fight against her parents who are forcing her into marriage. Segua is to be married to a 56 years old man Egya Manu. Step father, Ato Amissah is bent on making sure Segua is married to this rich man in order to redeem the family from poverty. Segua, on countless occasions has witnessed the sufferings and torture teenage wives go through in the community. This makes her afraid. Segua can't bring herself into accepting marriage at an age where she's still in school and wishes to complete. Segua runs away from the house. Her step father angrily orders his two sons to pursue Segua and brings her back home at all cost. The brothers eventually catch up with Segua at a point Segua can’t run any further.


by Mell Seans / Zimbabwe

Sekai a teenage girl , who is easily influenced by her two friends Tanaka and Natty to fall in love with a young (engaged) rich lawyer. Unfortunately when the story unfolds, we will realize lawyer's fiance is sister to Sekai. Worst thing is Sekai is already pregnant for the man and is forced to abort which leads to further consequences.


by Dedipya Joshii / India

In the middle of Thar Desert of Rajasthan, there was a village surrounded by its own rituals, Taboos and social obligations. There, any dilution in the blood due to inter-cast marriages resulted in violence. Boys were allowed to get girls from other community as there brides & due to this their own community girls were aging. Then the leaders decided something weird, as per village’s new law, aging single girls were forced to marry boys of their children's age. Their belief was this way daughters of their community won't go outside & they can get girls from outside of their community, but kids like Kesar (11 Yrs) & young girls like Abeera (26 Yrs) became victims & they lost their childhood & seem of happily married to a suitable arch respectively. This is the film "Saankal" all about.

She, The Sergeant Matacho

by William Gonzalez / Colombia

In 1948, El Libano municipality, Tolima: as a retaliation for the liberal guerrilla attack, the “chulavita” police kills Rosalba Velasco’ husband. She is a 24-year-old peasant and mother of a female child. The young lady, known as “la Mona”, with a desire for revenge, starts up a criminal life which will leave a long succession of dead policemen. Her heinous crimes are rejected by the army which is after her diligently. The guerrilla and their liberal allies are suffering the repression consequences exacerbated by Rosalba’s overkill and they in turn are looking for her to neutralize her. Two years later, she is taken captive by Feliciano Pachón’s command and then included as part of it. “Sergeant Matacho” as la Mona Velásquez was known from then on, makes part of the command more because of survival reasons than political or ideological ones. She ends up being Feliciano Pachón’s partner and mother of his second child.


by Emmanuel Mwape / Zambia

A priest uses religion to pray his lust. the society is gullible to his quest until the unthinkable happens. A movie aimed to reflect and tell untold stories.

Sicela Amanzi (Water Please)

by Mlu Godola / South Africa

When a small community's only source of water unexpectedly collapses during a severe drought; Zoleka, a mild mannered and well meaning young woman, is forced to go to extreme lengths to ensure that her ailing sister lives another day...

Snack Time

by Claudia Mattos / Brazil

If it wasn’t for the free lunch at the public school, the brothers Joalisson, Joedson and Jowilson would starve the entire day, because their single mother is unemployed and the family is in a big financial problem. But she doesn’t want the neighbors to know they have no food at home. Every afternoon she obliges the boys to stand at the front window pretending they’re having snack time. How long will this humbug go on?

Some Stories Around Witches

by Lipika Singh Darai / India

The Film depicts the humanitarian crisis surrounding instances of witch hunting, taking us closer to the people who have been accused, ostracised and tortured for being ‘witches’. Through stories from some parts of Odisha, India, which find resonance in other parts of the country as well, it enquires into the circumstances that lead to witch hunting: a teenage girl kills an old woman, one of her relatives, for being a witch and the cause of her father’s death; a village turns into a mob overnight to kill three people - a man and two women identified as witches by a witch doctor; a family believed to bring ill fate, is excommunicated and threatened after it cooks meat. The Film explores the politics of witch hunting - how superstition, greed, ignorance, fear, insecurity and power work together to cause immense violence and suffering.

Spider Boy

by Fraterini / Italy


by Jalal Veisi / Iran

A 15 minute documentary about body punishment, singing in a region in Iran where parents used searing children for punishing them because of cultural poverty and illiteracy, that most of these searing are directed to sexual organs in order to control their sexual drive, uroclepsia and other parts of body such as hands, stomach, feet. etc...


By Dagogo Diminas / Nigeria

STIGMA tells the story of a mother and daughter (Ibiso and Vanessa) who contracts HIV from the kind of job they do as traditional attender in a village. Ibiso and Vanessa are quickly ostracized by family members and the community to die. Ibiso cannot stand the stigma, loneliness, financial constraints, she gives up finally and dies. But Vanessa is fighting stigmatization, rejection and triumphs over death. Because she finds somebody who stands by her side. Nevertheless.

Sunday Beauty Queen

by Baby Ruth Villarama / Phillipines

Beneath Hong Kong's glittering facade, Filipinas working as domestic helpers work in relative anonymity and for near slave wages. In a beauty pageant like no other in the world, five helpers give themselves makeovers for a day and gleefully reclaim their dignity.

Temps d'Ecoute

by Pol Penas / Spain

The Democratic Republic of Congo is considered one of the worst places in the world to be a woman. “Temps d’Ecoute” provides a space to actively listen, reflect and condemn this reality. The documentary presents, without victimization, gender as a determinant of health. It breaks with the cliché that depicts women and African societies as passive, poor and without initiative. Instead it presents an organized and activist Congolese society, leader in the defense of its rights. The film, through the statements of five women, victims of sexual violence that may also be living with HIV, invites us to reflect upon the repercussions that social gender roles have in health, in access to healthcare services and to medicines. The storyline of the documentary is the work of FEPSI (Femmes Engagées pour la Promotion de la Santé Intégrale), a ten year old Congolese women’s group, that provides medical, psychological, legal and socio-economic care to victims of sexual violence, people who live with HIV, or displaced by war. “Temps d’Écoute” shows the Congolese perspective in a polyphonic manner, including the different viewpoints of local activists, victims, authorities, academics in gender issues, and journalists.

The Beard

by Sofya Badalova / Russia

Film about a man who loved and adored his beard and lived with her in perfect harmony, until suddenly he meets a woman. The man turns his attention to the woman, thereby causing a love triangle.The Beard jealous man, and in every way prevents him and the girl closer.

The Bench

by Flora Sam / Iran

Violence against women has deep roots in history

The Eyeless Beggar

by Jeiji Joned / Indonesia

Two detectives are interested in a mysterious blind beggar nearby the coffee shop when they are trying to solve a cannibal case.

The Half

by Cagil Nurhak Aydogdu / Turkey

The Half is the story of two halves setting out to become a whole; of the efforts made by two children to play the male-female roles that their families have, with the best of intentions, cast them in. Fidan is a 15-year-old shepherd girl. She lives in poverty with her father and two siblings in a mountainous village in eastern Turkey. Her father gives her as a bride to a family none of them knows. In return for payment... Because he reasons that the girl’s life can’t be any worse this way.. The family who come to get Fidan live at the other end of the country, in the Aegean region. And they come without the groom. Fidan embarks on a long journey for the first time in her life. At the end of the journey she meets the man who will be her husband. Salih is mentally challenged; although he has a physical age of 35, his mental age is lower even than Fidan’s.

The Heat Wave

by Lucía Valverde / Luxembourg

A comedy about Europe and it’s clichés through the story of a German-Spanish couple living in Luxembourg, a heat wave and the first visit of the father in law. Based on a true story.

The Lost Letter

by Mhle Nzima / Zimbabwe

Sara, a happily married young woman along with her husband Sam and daughter Linda moves back into the house she grew up in. There she finds a letter she never got that was sent to her 7 years ago by her long lost first love Michael who has been waiting for her return to him based on a promise they made to each other. Sara then struggles with guilt for living a happily life while Michael suffers in pain.

The Loudest Silence

by Marcela Moreno / Brazil

1 in 4 women will be raped in their lifetime. Often by a man we trust. Guilt and naturalization of violence silences and blinds us. The Loudest Silence is a film-essay about the discovery of four women as rape survivors themselves. In an allegorical scenery, they share their painful date-rape stories and reflect upon what it is to be a woman in this world. Is this world made for us?

The Wedding Ring

by Rahmatou Keïta / Niger

Tiyaa is a student, member of a prestigious aristocratic family. She is back home to sultanate of Damagaran, in Niger Republic, for the Winter holidays. As planned, she is expecting the young man she met in the university she is studying, in France, to make a formal proposal of marriage. He too comes from a prestigious family, not far from Damagaran and her parents cannot reject such an eligible fiancé. Tiyaa is overwhelmed... While expecting him, she has time to inform her friends of this secret Parisian love. Life is pleasant and peaceful but time passes and the handsome suitor is slow to come. Tiyaa has the opportunity to discover in her surroundings other women whose love stories, marriage, desertion or divorce tell of the relationship between men and women in the Sahelian society.

Think Twice

by Musanje Micheal A.K.A Micheal Logan/ Uganda

Think Twice is a Ugandan film about a young teenage girl, Leah Kirabo who is sent away from her village home by her mother to go to the city to look for her father. This happens after she is caught talking to one of the village boys and the love of her life. On one fateful day she loses her school fees and is too terrified to tell the father about it. This leads to her making bad decisions that changed her life and the life of the people around her drastically.


by Amil Shivji / Tanzania

After the passing of her estranged father, Fatima makes an unlikely friend at a hospital, Maria. Bound by pain, Fatima keeps coming back to hear Maria's tale of the T-junction where she found love and loss in a rag-tag community.


by Hubert Bonke / DRS

The woman is always taken to be a weak, fragile, made for household work and keep children at home, unable to do some work in relation to man. Transville is a documentary film that shows us the courage, ability, dreams and ambitions of a young girl working for the honor and consideration of women in society. For her, the woman is not only made for children or only for domestic work but it is there to provide more in the community. As conductor of bus taxi, and still opposing this marginalization, his dream and ambition is to create a transit agency in which we have several girls who will exercise the profession of driver.

Wish To Wash With Rain

by Gülten Taranç / Turkey

It is known that in Turkey at least 3 women are murdered by their husbands, ex-husbands or ex-boyfriends every day. 10 out of 4 women suffer from physical violence of their husbands or lovers. The movie “Yağmurda Yıkansam” , looks at life through the ones who are left behind in women murders’ eyes. The story of Gamze, murdered by her parents, tells the life after the murder, not one that ended with it. The fact that the victims in women murders are not only the ones who are murdered, is told from the story of Gamze. In the story, the anger, loneliness, despair and longings of 15 year old Gamze meets the audience with a perspective not taken before.. Hale, who is about thirty five years old (named Gamze when she was a child), begins to open the doors of her past that she had kept securely close with the surprise proposal of her boyfriend Engin, with whom she has shared a home with for the last 5 months. It is hard for Hale to be human, to love other people and truly be herself. As Hale started to face her past slowly, she starts to become a more warm person. Neither the rains, nor Engin can erase the past. Hale would get over her past with facing her childhood Gamze.

Women Of Freedom

by Abeer Zeibak Haddad / Israel

Women of Freedom follows the stories of women who were murdered in the name of ‘honor killing', in the Arab and Palestinian society. This documentary aims to unravel the social and political circumstances that had lead to this troubling phenomenon. The director, who witnessed such tragedy in her own life, embarks on a journey – wandering through Israel and Palestine, collecting various stories of the victims, the survivors and the killers themselves. The film wishes to encourage a discussion on this silenced and controversial problem that many societies are still inflicted by.


by Boissiere Magali and Mikhailova Anastassia / France

In Argentina, during an hemorrhagic fever outbreak, the mosquito Zanzara realizes that she transmitted a highly pathogenic virus to a young girl while biting her. When Zanzara visit the young girl again, her mom wants to protect the child and sprays some insecticides on the mosquito. Zanzara is drugged out by the pesticides dive in a weird dream where cells and viruses are alive. Zanzara then understand how science can develop a vaccine for the people infected by mosquito bites, hence no more need to mass murder mosquitoes during outbreaks.

Zura Taekwondo Fighter

by Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda / Rwanda

Zura Mushombakazi,23, a lone Taekwondo lady in Rwanda with black Taekwondo belt who followed her passion in Taekwondo inspite of parents refusal, fellow opposition and cultural,traditional limits of a lady to practice martial than doing households activities.

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