zaterdag 23 maart 2013 - 11:00
Q&A met activist Salma en regisseur Kim Longinotto. Moderator is Hugh Purcell.
Salma – een pseudoniem – is een gewone vrouw met een buitengewoon levensverhaal. Toen ze 13 jaar oud was, werd ze opgesloten in het huis van haar ouders in Thuvarankurichi, een klein dorpje in de Zuid-Indiase deelstaat Tamil Nadu. Lokale moslimtraditie schrijft voor dat meisjes vanaf het moment dat ze ongesteld raken het huis niet mogen verlaten tot de dag dat ze trouwen. Lees meer over Salma.
Kim Longinotto was born to an Italian father and a Welsh mother in 1952; her father was a photographer who later went bankrupt. At the age of 10 she was sent to a draconian all-girls boarding school, where she found it hard to make friends due to the mistress forbidding anyone to talk to her for a term after she became lost during a school trip. After a period of homelessness Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future film-maker Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that1 was shown at the London Film Festival, since when she has continued to be a prolific documentary film maker.
Longinotto is an observational filmmaker. Observational cinema, also known as direct cinema, free cinema or cinema verite, usually excludes certain documentary techniques such as advanced planning, scripting, staging, narration, lighting, reenactment and interviewing. Longinotto’s unobtrusiveness, which is an important part of observational documentary, gives the women on camera a certain voice and presence that may not have emerged with another documentary genre.
Hugh Purcell’s career as a British film maker covers the last twenty years and as a broadcaster in TV and Radio the last thirty five years.
He worked for the BBC between 1967-1993 and finished as Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department. After that he was a Director of the independent company CAFE that made documentary films for broadcast in the USA and Europe. Now he is a freelance film maker and Consultant to the One World Broadcasting Trust that promotes films made in and by developing countries. The film series he is proudest of is “Living Islam”, an educational series presented by a Muslim showing what it means to be a Muslim in today’s world. It took his team over two years filming in over twenty countries and not surprisingly it is being re-shown now by broadcasters although it was made 10 years ago. In 1991 he won a BAFTA (British Acadamy Award) for a series he versioned on the American Civil War.