International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
At the Movies that Matter Festival, that takes place from 24 March until 1 April, many remarkable films from female directors and films about women's rights will be screened. In the documentary What Tomorrow Brings we meet Razia Jan, who sets up the first ever girls’ school in a remote, conservative village in Afghanistan. It gives the girls the opportunity to learn to read and write, and provides a safe environment in which they can dream of a better future.
Dil Leyla tells the story of Leyla Imret, who at the age of five, escaped her native village of Cizre in Turkey, after her father, a Kurdish freedom fighter, was killed. Twenty years later, she returns to become the youngest mayor in the country.
In the fiction film A Good Wife we meet the well-off fifty-year-old Milena, who lovingly performs her traditional tasks as a wife and mother in an upper-class suburb of Belgrade. Her quiet life gradually comes to an end when she discovers a gloomy secret from her husband's past and at the same time learns that she is ill. Go here to see the full film programme.