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International Women’s Film Festival starts April 7

The 13th International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul will open on April 7 with a ceremony at Artreon in the Sinchon university district. Under the slogan, “See the World through Women’s Eyes,” the festival presents a week of film screenings featuring some of the best of women’s filmmaking from around the globe.

The festival will showcase a diverse array of films, with a particular focus on Asian films, creating a larger conversation on women’s independent filmmaking. During the eight-day run, attendees can chose from 115 short and feature films from 30 different nations. The festival will wrap up with the official announcement of the 2011 winners of the Asian Short Film and Video Competition.

(left) Still from "The Hairdresser" (right) The opening celebration will feature "The Vanity Fair" by Centre d'Arts Sans Frontieres (Art Without Borders) (Photo courtesy of the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul)

The opening film is “The Hairdresser,” the latest film by oGerman director Doris Dörrie, who also participated in 2006 with the film “The Fisherman and His Wife - Why Women Never Get Enough.” The film tells the story of a single motjer who failed to get a job in a hair salon due to her unusual appearance. Dörrie weaves serious conversation with comedy to address a variety of social issues, including single parents, immigration policy, and how women are judged by their appearance.

For its Asian Spectrum, the festival will screen six films that delve into social issues in China under the theme of “Chinese Women’s Cinema in the New Century.” The section features films like “Address Unknown” and “When My Child Is Born” which portray Chinese women struggling with dramatic changes and societal conflicts.

(left) Still from "When My Child Is Born" (right) Still from "Address Unknown" (Photo courtesy of the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul)

The “New Currents” section introduces local and global trends in women’s film. The “Open Cinema” section screens a selection of works by male directors’ addressing women’s lives. Also featured is the “Korean Cinema Retrospective: Seoul Flaneuses” and special screenings of seven films from the Media Workshop for Women Migrants.

The International Women’s Film Festival will take place in four different theaters: Artreon, which serves as the main venue, Korean Film Archive (KOFA) in Sangam-dong, Art Hall Bom in Seoul Women’s Plaza, and Yangcheon Haeruri Town Hall. Tickets may be purchased at the venue or online. For more information, please visit the official website at: www.wffis.or.kr (Korean and English)

By Hwang Dana
Korea.net Staff Writer

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