11th Film Festival Women's Worlds

from November 24 to 30, 2011 in Tuebingen, Germany

With a highly topical focus, many precious films beyond mainstream cinema and fascinating guests the film festival Women's Worlds entered it's 11th edition. Among 40 fiction and documentary films from over 20 countries were again award winners of the International Film Festivals of Cannes, Berlin and Venice, as well as intriguing documentaries from engaged film-makers.
The special focus depicted an important and topical issue: „Birth Without Violence, a Human Right's Issue – in Defense of Midwifery“ questioned critically the way human beings are born into our societies. The question was asked: How could it happen, that giving birth is not considered a natural process any more but an illness and a collective scenario of catastrophe? At the same time the issue strikes a warning bell: the profession of independent midwifery, which is essential for a humane, natural childbirth, is in danger of extinction! Films followed by conversations with the audience, an exhibition and the Topical Day „Birth Without Violence“ with a Round Table Conversation shed light on diverse perspectives for the problem and demanded consequences - from both society and politics.

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NEWS: Nobel Peace Prize for Leymah Gbowee

Nobel lecture here >>
Press photos, release
here >>

CONGRATULATIONS Leymah Gbowee for the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work!

Photo: Leymah Gbowee together with Hana Makhmalbaf receiving in 2009 the Honor Award of TERRE DES FEMMES Film Festival in Tuebingen, Germany
Photo: Anne Faden

Review in pictures and words of the visit of Leymah Gbowee at the Filmfestival Women's Worlds 2009 in Tuebingen here >>

Footage of Leymah Gbowee's conversations with the audience, peace investigators and educators at the Filmfestival Women's Worlds in Tuebingen you find here >>
transcripts here >>