Growing up in Israel, Jane never conformed to her family’s patriarchal traditions; she refused to marry, choosing instead to join the army, and afterwards to study filmmaking. When at 38 she becomes pregnant, she returns in the midst of her family equipped with a camera, trying to address the years of silence and to understand her mother, herself and their strained relationship. Demonstrating spirit and fearlessness in confronting her family and exposing her life, Jane tackles her marked decisions to be an independent, professional woman and her family’s expectations for her to comply or at least accept their customs. While evidently disagreeing with her mother on all matter of topics, the film is also a chance to consider the other person’s perspective. Jane Bibi • Israel • 2018 • 73′
“A Jew should marry a Jew, period. Ethnic background doesn’t matter, even an Ethiopian, even… As long as he’s Jewish.” (Jane’s mother)
Jane Bibi, Arik Bernstein
Jane was born in 1977 in Ashdod, Israel. Her parents emigrated from Georgia. She studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Television in Tel Aviv University. A Perfect Housewife is her first documentary.
16.10.2019 – 19:30 Thalia 19.10.2019 – 15:00 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mare
As a child of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg, Melanie Pereira explores her parents’ past through videotapes, which they used to record their new surroundings and doings in that distant country. We discover their pasts and their struggles, as well as the director’s own effort to adjust in a country where she wasn’t born nor raised, without her parents.
Melanie Pereira • Portugal • 2018 • 29′
After decades of domestic abuse Fiorella decides to separate from her husband of 40 years. Valentina, the couple’s youngest daughter, returns home to document her bid for freedom and capture her family’s reaction to her decision. However, Fiorella struggles with her decision, being hesitant to abandon her life’s work – the family residence – which in some ways becomes synonymous with her identity. What results is a poignant, personal and intimate debut documentary, in which Valentina is her mother’s ally, in an area where the parochial ways dictate that domestic violence is still tolerated. Moving beyond the personal story this becomes a relevant and timely video essay on family, communities and patriarchal societies. Valentina Primavera • Italia • 2019 • 80′
“If you stay here you get either locked up or knocked up,” says Gemma, the teenager protagonist of this coming-of-age documentary about the prospects for young people in a drab Scottish town a few miles south of Glasgow. The closing of the local steelworks in the 1980s by Margaret Thatcher’s economic restructuring created persistent social issues that lead most of the new generations into dead-end situations. Gemma’s determination and strong personality coupled with directors’ Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin intimate yet unobtrusive camerawork, provide moments of lyrical beauty and even humour, despite the almost ever-present violence and bleakness that clouds her life. Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin • Suedia • 2019 • 90′