Carte Blanche: Noor Afshan Mirza

Clair Obscur
(TR/DE/PL/FR, 2017, D: Yeşim Ustaoğlu), © Real Fiction Filmverleih

The festival has given London and Istanbul-based artist Noor Afshan Mirza a curatorial carte blanche to provide an international viewpoint that does not come from a German perspective. Mirza explores the British hip-hop and grime scene and examines the importance of female MCs such as Lady Leshurr. She presents two feature films, a hip hop video programme and a performance during the International Women's Film Festival.

Weds. 10 April, 6 pm, Kino im U
Clair Obscur
Feature film, TR/DE/PL/FR 2017, 105', R: Yeşim Ustaoğlu

Chehnaz, an attractive, modern woman and her husband Cem live in a hip neighbourhood in Istanbul.
Chehnaz has been assigned to a public hospital in a small, remote seaside town to complete her mandatory 2-year duty as an aspiring psychiatrist. After a stormy night the course of Chehnaz's life is changed forever when she meets Elmas, a young woman from the town, who was married off to a distant relative.

Sat. 13 April, 4 pm, Kino im U
Up in Arms

Artists Anna-Maria Nabirye and Annie Saunders present their new multi-disciplinary work, „Up In Arms“, a new way to make space for conversation in our increasingly divided world. Using ritual, photography and immersive theatre practice to create intimate conversation and radical social change, „Up In Arms“ is a culmination of activists, creative collaborators, black and white women respectively and friends. The artists present their work as a performance at International Women's Film Festival.

Sat. 13 April, 5.30 pm, Schauburg 2
Hip-hop video programme
She's Grown Into a New Skin. Her New Skin

In programme: IAMDDB, Ray BLK, Tommy Genesis, Nadia Rose, Lizzo, Steflon Don, Mykki Blanco ft Jean Deaux, Raja Kumari, SA-ROC, OSHUN, Sampa The Great ft Nicole Gumbe, Ray BLK ft SG Lewis, Little Simz ft The Hics.

Sat. 13 April, 7.30 pm, Schauburg 2
Lapse of Honour
Feature film, GB, 2015, 102', D: Rayna Campbell

The gritty urban drama set in Manchester's Moss Side area is an exceptional piece of contemporary British black cinema.
Q&A with Rayna Campbell