Director of banned Kenyan film to present at the Big Screen Symposium!

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

A Kenyan high court has temporarily lifted its ban on the film 'Rafiki, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, which means the film can be eligible for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. The film was banned by Kenya's Film and Classification Board (KFCB) in April because of its lesbian theme. And in even better news,  Wanuri Kahiu will be presenting at #BigScreen18 this year, so get your tickets, you're in for a treat! Kahiu's stories and films have received international acclaim and screened in film festivals around the world. Rafiki, her second feature film, premiered this year in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section. She was named a TED Fellow in 2017 and World Economic Forum cultural leader in 2018.

And just a reminder that you only have until MIDNIGHT tonight to get your earlybird tickets! It's definitely worth it - standard tickets are $295 at the earlybird price, otherwise they're $345!

 

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Wanuri Kahiu

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VIDEO SLOT: Give Kate A Voice

Posted Wednesday 26 Sep 2018

This wonderful project which involved many Wifters, leads our lineup today. The interactive video Give Kate A Voice brings the suffragette Kate Sheppard's words to life. Among the almost all-female crew were Charlotte Evans, Vanessa Wells, Belinda Pflaum, Jill Macnab, Tammy Williams, Sarah Voon, Ainsley Calderwood and Emma Smart. The video celebrates the 125th anniversary of New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to give women the right to vote (19 September 1893). It features eight diverse and inspiring women performing edited extracts of Sheppard's speeches, and who represent the decades that have gone by since 1893. The video aims to shine a new light on the words that helped inspire a movement in New Zealand, and the world.

Watch Give Kate A Voice here

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The actors and crew of Give Kate A Voice