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08/03/2016 - Screening: Awra Amba, Rethink a Beautiful World

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Date: 
8 Mar 2016
Place: 

CINEMA RITCS, Rue Antoine Dansaertstraat 70, Brussel. (Entrance via the RITS Café)

In 1972, in the Amhara region of Ethiopia, a young farmer called Zumra Nuru decided that he’d had enough of the way things were in society. He wanted to live in a world where women and men were equal and where traditions and religion did not dictate every aspect of life. Despite not being able to read or write, Zumra followed his dream and set out to create a new society, called Awra Amba. The community endured many difficulties over several decades, including armed attacks and years of hardship and near starvation.

Today, Awra Amba is a thriving, gender-equal democracy and hugely successful social enterprise. Business is booming, which has allowed the community to invest in social services, like education and healthcare, which they have shared with thousands of people in the region. This, in turn, has helped to improve their relationship with many of their former enemies – most of whom now see Awra Amba as a positive example of change and development.

 

Programme: 

18.00-19.00h. - Ticketing

19.00-20.30h. - Special preview screening of Awra Amba, Rethink a Beautiful World, an interactive non-linear documentary, in presence of the filmmakers Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit, who will be VJ'ing this non-linear documentary experience.

20.30-21.30h. - Aftertalk with the directors of the film Paulina Tervo and Serdar Ferit, Robel Admassu (Ethiopian Embassy) and Els Leye (RHEA)

21.30-23.00h. - Drinks & networking in the Rits Café

Tickets cost 2 euros (for students, EhB-staff and CJP-members) or 5 euros (externals). Tickets are on sale at the entrance of CINEMA RITCS each film evening between 18.00h and 19.00h.

Watch a trailer of this movie on www.visitawraamba.com/

Registration

Tickets cost 2 euros (for students, EhB-staff and CJP-members) or 5 euros (externals). Tickets are on sale at the entrance of CINEMA RITCS each film evening between 18.00h and 19.00h.

Seats are limited, which is why we kindly ask you to register. Click here for the online registration form.

Bios / Slides

Paulina Tervo is the Director, Producer, Story Architect and Impact Strategist of the Awra Amba Experience. Co-founder of film and digital agency Write This Down Productions she loves to make films with a purpose, create social action campaigns and build communities around an issue. She loves: Her baby son. Arthouse films. Close up shots. World music. Lazy Sunday brunches.

Serdar Ferit is the Co-Director, Cinematographer and Editor of the Awra Amba Experience. Co-founder of Write This Down Productions Serdar’s passions lie in creating beautiful, character-led stories with a strong emotional core, that make us reconsider societal codes and injustices. He loves: His baby son. Sushi. Long takes. Short films. Radiohead. Arsenal.

Els Leye is postdoctoral fellow attached to the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the Ghent University and holds a position as professor in Global Health/Gender Related Practices at the faculty of medicine at Ghent University. She holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies and obtained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture at the Ghent University in 2008, on the topic of female genital mutilation in Europe. She has extensive expertise in the field of harmful cultural practices, and more specifically female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages and honour related violence. She is also postdoctoral fellow at RHEA, Centre for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality at the VUB. She is co-founder and member of the board of the association La Palabre, which is establishing a refuge for vulnerable children and women in Senegal. She performed several consultancies, among others for several UN agencies and technical cooperation of Belgium and Germany. She has many publications on her name on the topic of female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.