Guests 2019

 

Park Chan-wook (b. 1963) is a world-acclaimed South Korean director, screenwriter and producer. His interest in filmmaking was developed during his university years studying philosophy at the Sogang University in Seoul, where he established the Sogang Film Community. He has directed a trail of visually spectacular and inciting films. Joint Security Area and Oldboy gave him a breakthrough for which he won the Cannes Grand Prix in 2003. Thematically, revenge is often a key driving force of many of his characters, and with a filmography that includes feature films, documentaries and short films we are excited to give way to a larger retrospective in connection with his visit to Films from the South. 

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Dominga Sotomayor Castillo (b. 1986) is a director, writer and producer from Chile. Her first feature film Thursday Till Sunday won the Tiger Award in Rotterdam. In 2018 she premiered Too Late To Die Young in Locarno, where she became the first woman receiving the Leopard Prize for Best Direction.

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Amjad Abu Alala (b. 1980) is a Sudanese filmmaker who studied media in the United Arab Emirates and has directed documentaries and fiction films. His filmography includes: Teena, Coffee and Oranges, Feathers of the Birds and Studio. He has had international success with his latest film You Will Die at Twenty (2019), screening at Films from the South.

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Gabriel Mascaro (born 1983) is a filmmaker from Recife, Brazil. Gabriel Mascaro’s stories are about how we relate to and are shaped by our surroundings, often shot in a warm and sensual lens. In the spaces created by Mascaro, we can step into the porous reality and dreams of vulnerable people and destinies, and his films show us a contemporary Brazil from the inside; far away from the tourist brochures and the copacabana. His newest movie, Divine Love, is an unorthodox story from an imagined Brazil in 2027, and will be the closing movie at Films from the South.

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Melina León (born 1977) is a Peruvian director based in Lima and New York. She is an MFA film graduate of Columbia University. Her first feature film Song Without a Name premiered at Cannes Director’s Fortnight 2019 and was nominated to the Caméra d’Or award. 

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Ana García Blaya (born 1979) is a director and screenwriter from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She studied Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires. The Good Intentions is her first feature film. 

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The Danish director Karen Stokkendal Poulsen (born 1983) holds a masters degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and a master's degree in Screen Documentary from Goldsmiths College at London University. She is the director of On the Inside of a Military Dictatorship and two previous documentaries, The Agreement (Forhandleren) and Vild med Villy. She is currently working on a fictional television series based on The Agreement.

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Joshua Magor (born 1991) is a South African writer, director and cinematographer. His debut feature film Siyabonga (We Are Thankful) made its world premiere in the main competition of the 71st Locarno Film Festival. His work has been shown at international film festivals and has screened at institutions such as the Barbican Centre in London, the Chicago Cultural Centre and the Tatham Art Gallery in South Africa. 

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Siyabonga Majola (born 1992) was born and raised in the Mpophomeni Township in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He learned about script writing, acting and directing through the Twist Theatre Development project. Siyabonga by Joshua Magor is a depiction of life in Mpophomeni Township. In 2016, Siyabonga directed the play True Story, set in the apartheid era, and in 2017 he wrote and directed The Protector. He aspires to one day run an orphanage in South Africa.

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Patima Tungpuchakul (born 1975) is a thai activist and a key spokesperson to end slavery at sea in South East Asia. With her organization the Labor Rights Promotion Network (LPN) she contributed to rescuing about two thousand captive and stranded fishermen from isolated Indonesian islands in 2014. Her interest in human rights began in 1996 after graduation from Mahasarakham University, when she realized that the owners of factories near her home were abusing migrant workers, especially women and children. In Ghost Fleet, we follow the work of Patima and her colleagues in their activism to end slavery at sea.

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Chutima Sidasathian (born 1982) is a thai journalist with experience on reporting on human rights violations, especially on human trafficking throughout South East Asia. She was a field producer on the documentary Ghost Fleet, which exposes the use of modern slaves in the fishing industry. She holds a PhD in ethnic anthropology and is currently studying in Vienna.

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Jialing Zhang (born 1984) is an independent Chinese filmmaker based in west Massachusetts. She co-directed and co-produced feature documentaries Complicit (Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London, 2017) and One Child Nation (Sundance 2019, Grand Jury Prize Winner). One Child Nation has won numerous awards including Tim Hetherington Award from Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Before moving to U.S., Jialing worked a freelance journalist and producer in Beijing for various independent documentary projects and international news programs. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University.

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Motolani Agbebi (born 1987) is a PhD researcher based in Tampere, Finland. Her research focuses on China’s economic engagement in Africa, exploring the implications of this engagement for human capital development on the continent. She has a bachelor from Covenant University in Nigeria and a master’s degree from University of Manchester.

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Mohammed Al’Omda is a co-producer in Amjad Abu Alala’s film You Will Die at Twenty (2019). You Will Die at Twenty is supported by Sørfond, and had it’s world premiere at Venice film festival earlier this year.  

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Mustafa Shehata is an actor, playing the lead role of Muzamil in Amjad Abu Alala’s film You Will Die at Twenty (2019). You Will Die at Twenty is supported by Sørfond, and had it’s world premiere at Venice film festival earlier this year.  

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