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Feature Film Guests

Roya Sadat
Film: A Letter to the President

Friday, 23.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum
Saturday, 24.11.2018, 8:30 p.m., Studio Museum
Sunday, 25.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Kino Waldhorn Rottenburg

Roya Sadat is an award-winning female Afghan director and producer who successfully brought important, touching stories to international festivals after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She graduated from the University of Heart in law and politics. In 2006, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Asian Film Academy in South Korea.
At the age of 20, she directed her first documentary “Three Dots”, which won international awards and which she wrote during the Taliban rule. In 2003, she founded the first female Afghan film company Roya Film House together with her sister Alka Sadat. Roya Film House has won more than 40 national and international awards, particularly for Alka’s shorts and documentary films. In addition, she founded the first international women's film festival in Afghanistan and a book & film club to encourage people, especially women, to read more and improve their knowledge. Since 2004, she has been invited to more than 60 international film festivals. 
She is also active in TV production in Afghanistan. From 2007-2008, she directed 50 episodes of the first Afghan TV series "The Secrets of This House" and later three seasons of the most famous Afghan TV drama "Beheshte Khamosh," which in 2013 won the Rumi Award for Best TV Drama and Writing. Her feature film “A Letter to the President” had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.

2017 A Letter to the President, feature film
2009-2013 Beheshte Khamosh (TV-Series)
2003 Three Dots, feature film

Aziz Dildar
Film: A Letter to the President

Friday, 23.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum
Saturday, 24.11.2018, 8:30 p.m., Studio Museum
Sunday, 25.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Kino Waldhorn Rottenburg

Aziz Dildar was born in 1984 in Kabul, Afghanistan. He studied Black & White Photography at the School of Visual Arts, New York University in Kabul as well as theater and cinema studies at the Fine Arts faculty of Kabul University, where he graduated in 2006.
Now he is a lecturer in the Cinema Department in the Kabul University and works as a writer and director. He has written and directed more than 20 short fiction and documentary films, he also wrote four TV dramas and one feature film (“A Letter to the President”), in which he also played one of the main protagonists. Aziz Dildar is also the production manager in Roya Film House (RFH), the film company of his wife Roya Sadat.
He attended many national and international film festivals as a jury member, and his film script was voted one of the 20 best Asian film scripts in 2009 Busan film market and 2013 Goa international film market.

Filmography (selection):
2018 Khat Sewom (TV-Series), Writing team leader, Writer
2017 A Letter to the President (Feature film), Writer, Co-Producer, Actor
2016 Shereen (TV-Series), Writer and Actor
2014 Street Children (Documentary), Writer
2012 The President Goes to Palace with his Bicycle (Documentary), Writer
2011 House No 111 (Feature Film), Writer and Director
2010 Solder (TV-Series), Writer of 12 Episodes  
2009-2013 Bahesht Khamoush (TV-Series), Writer, Actor

Claudia Schaefer
Film: Naomis Reise

Sunday, 25.11.2018, 8:30 p.m., Studio Museum
Monday, 26.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio MuseumClaudia Schaefer, screenwriter and psychologist, studied at the German Academy of Film and Television in Berlin from 2007 to 2010, with „Weil ich schöner bin” and „Naomis Reise“, she has brought two feature films to the big screen. Her current projects are „Zeit der Krokodile“, with support from the BKM/Kuratorium, and the script for the film adaptation of Fatma Azdemir’s novel „Ellbogen” (Director: Asli Özarslan). Claudia Schaefer enjoys writing about political topics and trying out alternative narrative structures. In addition, she has shot many video projects with Neukölln’s youths.

2017 Naomis Reise
2014 Neukölln Genug
2012 Weil ich schöner bin
2011 Berliner Fronten

Documentary Film Guests

Barbara Miller
Film: #Female Pleasure

Wednesday, 28.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio MuseumBarbara Miller, born in Winterthur, Switzerland, completed her law degree as well as basic studies in film science, philosophy and psychology at Zurich University. For two years she worked together with Christian Frei on the Oscar nominated documentary “War Photographer”. As an independent director Barbara Miller has since 2001 released more than 20 sociocritical documentaries, especially for the TV show “DOK” on Swiss television, human rights organisations as well as for the big screen. In her work she also approaches taboo subjects such as “domestic violence”, “juvenile violence”, “virtual infidelity”, “online sex” or “the clitoris”.
Her documentary “Forbidden Voices” received the Amnesty International Award in San Sebastian as well as the WAGG/SIGNIS Human Rights Award in Canada and was nominated for the Swiss Film Awards and the Prix de Soleure. “Forbidden Voices” was shown in over 70 film festivals all over the world.
Barbara Miller is a member of the Swiss Film Academy and the European Film Academy EFA. As of 2017 she is president of the Swiss Filmmakers Association.

Filmography (selection):
2018 #Female Pleasure
2018 Gloria – Frauen für Frieden in Kolumbien
2017 Die Kinder von Shatila - Libanon
2016 Voice of Roma– Eine Stimme für Minderheiten im Kosovo
2015 Cido, Eine Zukunft im Cerrado - Brasilien
2012 Forbidden Voices
2008 Notfall in Davos
2005 Klitoris – Die schöne Unbekannte
2005 Häusliche Gewalt – Wenn die Familie zur Hölle wird

Dorothe Dörholt
Film: Bloß keine Tochter! – Asiens Frauenmangel und die Folgen

Tuesday, 27.11.2018, 03:30 p.m., Studio Museum

Dorothe Dörholt obtained a doctorate degree in psychology and media pedagogue. She grew up in Rappweiler, a small village in Saarland. Since 1996 she has been working as a television journalist. Her career began as a freelance editor at the German TV channel WDR. After a nine-year stay in the USA and having gained a great amount of experience as a freelance correspondent (amongst others for „Spiegel TV“) and as a documentary film maker for the and CNBC, Dorothe Dörholt returned to Europe in 2003. Since then she has been living in Switzerland where she works as a film maker. In her documentary films and reportages such as “Wir Kriegskinder: Wie die Angst in uns weiterlebt“ (ARD), „Vergewaltigt: Die Angst der Frauen in Indien“ (WDR), „Schlagstock unterm Sari: Indiens Frauen kämpfen für ihre Rechte“ (WDR) or „Von schüchternen Machos und heiratswilligen Señoras“ (ARTE) she covers a wide range of topics for public tv stations in Germany.

Filmography (selection):
2018 Bloß keine Tochter! – Asiens Frauenmangel und die Folgen
2016 Neue Kleider, dunkle Geschichte – Herero in Namibia
2015 Menschen hautnah (Serie, Drehbuch)
2013 Schmidt und Giscard d’Estaing – Eine Männerfreundschaft

Fatou Mandiang Diatta (Sister Fa)
Film: Little Stones

Panel discussion and exhibition opening:
Thursday, 22.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum

Friday, 23. 11. 2018, 6:00 p.m., Kino Museum 2

The rapper Sister Fa was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1982. As a teenager she had already started recording her first demo-tapes, in 2005 she won the senegalese Hip Hop Award for Best Newcomer. In her music she confronts among others the issue of genital cutting of women (FGM) in Senegal, as well as forced marriage and HIV/Aids. After having moved to Berlin in 2006 she founded her own band, fusing Rap, Soul, Jazz and Reggae. In 2009 she performed at the concert of the United Nations in New York along with artists such as Harry Belafonte, John McLaughlin and Angélique Kidjo. For her commitment she received the South African award “Freedom to Create“in 2011. In the following years she worked with different partners, like the Goethe Institute, World Vision and the Orchid Project on her goal to raise awareness for FGM and forced marriage. Since 2016 Sister Fa is ambassador for the European Network to End FGM and works as CHANGE Agent for TERRE DES FEMMES to educate people about FGM.

Discography (selection):
2010 LMNZ – WorldWide Rap (compilation)
2009 Sarabah: Tales from the Flipside of Paradise (solo album)
2008 Many Lessons (compilation)
2005 Hip Hop Yaw La Fal (solo album)
2003 Tous Rappons le Sida (compilation)
2002 Art City (compilation)

Awards (selection):
2011 Cape Town, South Africa – she receives the Freedom to Create Award for her commitment for girls and women in Senegal
2012 Price Adler Entrepreneurship Award in Cologne

John Chua
Film: Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide

Saturday, 24.11.2018, 3:30 p.m., Studio Museum

Dr. John Chua is a filmmaker, academic, journalist and explorer. He spent 10 years as a professor and university lecturer in Britain. During this time, John Chua became the first person to research and document the existence of female genital mutilation as an indigenous practice across all inhabitable continents, exposing an irrational and often secret tradition.  He has travelled globally for this project, including the Russian Caucasus, Middle East conflict zones, Southeast Asia, South America and the American Midwest, to gather interviews with FGM survivors, cutters, doctors and experts.  The resulting documentary “Cut: Exposing FGM Worldwide” shows conclusively that for many centuries FGM exists across religions and races.  John Chua has also produced documentaries for the BBC, PBS and Guardian News Media.

Veronika Raila
Film: Sandmädchen

Sunday, 25.11.2018, 3:30 p.m., Studio Museum

After successfully shortening her school career, Veronika Raila studies Modern German Literature and Catholic Theology at the University of Augsburg. She publishes poems and stories and does readings. She is awarded with the first price in the on3 reading series of the Bavarian Radio and with the Culture Award of the City of Königsbrunn for literature. She is currently writing an essay about Kafka.

Mark Michel
Film: Sandmädchen

Sunday, 25.11.2018, 3:30 p.m., Studio Museum

Mark Michel has worked for many years as a freelance filmmaker and writer for ARTE, MDR, 3sat, ZDF and WDR and contributes radio pieces for Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, Dradio Wissen and WDR. Before that, he studied Sociology and International Politics in Jena, Leipzig, Bath (UK) and Toronto (Canada), and Visual Communication at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar. Mark Michel is a member of Mediendienst Ost, a network of freelance journalists in Leipzig. As a writer and filmmaker, he has worked in Cambodia, Finland, Belarus, India, Hungary, Thailand, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, among others. One focus of his work is the integration and inclusion of people with disabilities. He took part in the Documentary Campus Masterschool in 2012. Mark Michel’s works include documentary films, short films, reportages, music videos and image films.

Filmography (selection):
2017 Sandmädchen
2011 Die Regierung
2009 U Can’t Touch This
2007 Tanz mit der Zeit
2005 Intensiv

Shakila Ebrahimkhil
Film: Facing the Dragon

Tuesday, 27.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum

Shakila Ebrahimkhil is one of the most famous Afghan journalists. She reports about human rights, corruption and violence against women. She was one of the first women to study journalism in Kabul after the end of the Taliban regime. After finishing her studies, Shakila Ebrahimkhil was part of establishing the biggest private channel in Afghanistan, TOLO News, for whom she then worked for the following years. Every day she faced danger to live due to her committed work as a journalist and her engagement for country and people. Because of the increasing threat level for journalists on-site, it was not possible for Shakhila to secure the safety of her three children and she decided to leave Afghanistan. Today she lives in Germany and works for the Deutsche Welle where she reports about her homeland.


Dr. med. Gabriele Halder
Film: Invisible

Saturday, 24.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum

Panel discussion:
Sunday, 25.11.2018, 6:30 p.m., Club Voltaire Tuebingen

Dr. Gabriele Halder is a registered Doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The focus of her activities is primarily on family planning and pregnancy.
Already during her university studies she was active on a student committee for sexual therapy and offered counseling in a women’s center. She worked in the interdisciplinary research group for prevention of osteoporosis in perimenopausal and post-menopausal women at the Steglitz Clinic. At the same time, she was the first woman gynecologist to work at the family planning center PRO FAMILIA in Berlin. Due to her knowledge of Turkish, she was able to deal especially with the issues of migrant women. Gabriele Halder is a German member of the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC), as well as a founding member and now board member of the Family Planning Center Inc. –BALANCE, in existence in Berlin since 1992. This center offers medical care and counseling in the areas of family planning, sexuality and women’s health.

Micha Schöller
Film: The Tale

Sunday, 25.11.2018, 8:30 p.m., Studio Museum
Tuesday, 27.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Museum Kino 2Micha Schöller is graduated Social Education Worker and has engaged in the field of Violence Against Women for 25 years. She is part of the Centre for Sexualised Violence in Tübingen for Women*Men (AGIT) and the counselling centres focusing on domestic violence at the Women Help Women Association in Tübingen.
AGIT offers women who experienced sexualised violence, supportive relatives, friends and peers, as well as multipliers and specialists support in crisis intervention, counselling and expertise.

Monika Michell
Film: Was werden die Leute sagen

Friday, 23.11.2018, 8:30 p.m., Studio Museum
Saturday, 21.11.2015, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum

Since 2010 Monika Michell is spokesperson on “Violence in the Name of Honor” at TERRE DES FEMMES. Between 2010 and 2011 Monika Michell conceptualised a series of workshops for administrative employees in Baden-Württemberg on the topic of “Violence in the Name of Honor and Forced Marriage”. In 2012 she conducted a nation-wide creative competition for young adults regarding the issue of forced marriages.
Since 2014, her work as spokesperson at TERRE DES FEMMES focuses especially on the issue of child marriage – the main demands here are a minimum age of 18 years and that every compelled marriage, also those contracted religiously or socially should be punishable by law. In July 2017 a law was passed in Germany that determined the age of 18 as the legal age of marriage, a big milestone in the fight against child marriage.

Stephanie Schlitt

Round table:
„From §219a to #AbortoLegalYa: The fight for women’s right to self-determination“,
Sunday, 25.11.18, 6:00 p.m., Club Voltaire Tübingen

Stephanie Schlitt supports the World Health Organisation since 2016 in its work to build and analyse the Global Abortion Policies Database, a publicly accessible data base containing laws and regulations on abortion of all countries. Between 2004 and 2014 she was a consultant on gender and women’s right for the Amnesty International secretariat in London. There, she developed positions, methodologies as well as legal and political strategies and research projects regarding the topics abortion, maternal mortality, violence against women and women’s rights defenders. In addition to that, Stephanie worked with the German Institute for Human Rights, the Sigrid Rausing Trust as well as NGO’s in New Dehli and studied philosophy, international relations and international law in St. Andrews and London. Since moving to Berlin in 2017 it is Stephanie’s goal to bring the human rights angle into the discussion surrounding the reform of the criminal law provisions regarding abortion.

Gisela Schneider
Film: Supa Modo

Sunday, 25.11.2018, 6:00 p.m., Studio Museum

Dr. med Gisela Schneider is working as a doctor specialized in tropical medicine and public health and is leading the German Institute for Medical Mission in Tübingen (Difäm e.V.). As director of Difäm in Tübingen she is working especially with local partners in Africa and Asia to improve the healthcare system there. That includes establishing healthcare centres, improving the medical supply and the education of qualified professionals. The focus lies on prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases as well as non-viral and chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes or psychological diseases. The objective is to provide access to health for every human, and especially for disadvantaged people in neglected regions and countries like the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, or the Chad.

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