Director portraits 2017

A good way to begin the year is to look back at all the wonderful guests we had at last year's festival. 

Av , foto: Johnny Vaet Nordskog 15. jan 2018

The 27th Films From the South-festival was held 9-19 November. 82 films from Asia, Africa and Latin America were shown throughout the course of 11 days at Vika, Cinemateket, Klingenberg, Kunstnernes Hus Kino, Vippa and Kulturkirken Jakob. 

Our guests are an important part of the festival. They were, during their stay in Oslo, 
photographed by our fantastic photographer, Johnny Vaet Nordskog. Here is the result: 

Anahí Berneri

Anahí Berneri is an Argentinian filmmaker, and was one of our main guests last year. She visited the festival with her films: Alanis, It’s Our Fault og A Year Without Love. Read our interview with Berneri here. 


Diego Lerman

Diego Lerman from Buenos Aires is one of the leading figures in contemporary Argentinian cinema. During Lerman's visit in Oslo, we screened A Sort of Family, Suddenly og Refugiado. Read our interview with Lerman here. 

Annemarie Jacir  

Annemarie Jacir is one of the leading Palestinian directors, and a pioneer female filmmaker in the Arab world. We screened all of her feature films at the festival in November: Salt of the Sea, When I Saw You og Wajib. Read our interview with Jacir here.  

Gustavo Rondón Córdova

Gustavo Rondón Córdova is a director and screenwriter from Venezuela. He has made six short films. La Familia, his feature film debut, is supported by the co-production fund Sørfond and screened in the Critics' Week at the Cannes film festival last year. Read our interview with Córdova here.  

Tunde Kelani  

Tunde Kelani ranks among the foremost contemporary Nigerian filmmakers. He studied at the London Film School, and has made films such as Koseegbe, Thunder Bolt, Dazzling Mirage and The Narrow Path. He visited the festival with his film, Maami. 

Tiffany Hsiung

Tiffany Hsiungis a filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Since 2009 she has worked with survivors of sex slavery, and supported their cause in many ways, including a presentation on the subject in the United Nations. The Apology has won numerous awards, including Doc:South at our festival. Read our interview with Hsiung here. 

Natalia Orozco 

Natalia Orozco is a journalist and filmmaker from Colombia, og has directed When The Guns Go Silent, a documentary about FARC and their role in Colombia's peace process. Read our interview Orozco here. 

Joakim Demmer

Joakim Demmer is a filmmaker born in southern Sweden. His latest film, Dead Donkeys Fear No Hyenas, is the result after years of investigating journalism about land grabbing in Ethiopia. Read our interview with Demmer here. 

Hala Elkoussy

Hala Elkoussy is an artist and filmmaker living in Cairo and Amsterdam. Cactus Flower is her first feature film, and premiered at the Rotterdam film festival. It is supported by Sørfond. Read our interview with Elkoussy here. 

Two of our guests were unfortunately prevented from coming to Oslo during the festival; 

Mohammed Rasoulof is one of Iran's leading contemporary filmmakers. Trained as a sociologist, he went on to study film editing at the Soreeh University and directed a number of short films in the 1990s. He made his first feature film Twilight in 2002, and has later directed another six features. His three most recent films have all been awarded at the Cannes film festival. Read our interview with Rasoulof here. 

Feras Fayyad is a Syrian-born director, producer, journalist and cinematographer, now based in Copenhagen. He previously directed several shorts and documentaries, including My Escape (2015) which deals with the refugee crisis. Last Men in Aleppo won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance festival this winter, and is one of this year's most acclaimed documentaries. Read our interview with Fayyad here.