Each year we organize master classes and presentations as well as extended Q&As with the invited guests of our festival.
PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: Transgender Worldwide
Frontline Club, 22 October, 18:00 o’clock
Alex Bakker, the writer of the documentary “Transit Havana” will give a presentation about the transgender history worldwide and will discuss with the audience about transgender issues in Georgia and Eastern Europe compared to Netherlands and Western Europe.
The screening of the film “Transit Havana” will be followed by the CivilDOC competition.
Once a year, two plastic surgeons from Holland and Belgium fly to Havana to perform surgery on five Cuban transgender persons. The surgeons are invited by Mariela Castro, daughter of the president and head of the new state program for transgender care.
Castro organizes this as a modern completion of the socialist revolution of 1959 because, in her words, it is all about emancipation and self-realization. ‘Homophobia no, socialismo si!’ is the official slogan. The state helps transgender people with therapy, hormones, surgery and a new identity.
Is Cuba changing into a safe haven for trans people? For more than one year, filmmakers
Daniel Abma and Alex Bakker follow the three main characters Odette, Juani and Malú and show how they deal with the reality of being transgender in Cuba. As ‘new heroes of the revolution’ they still face religious intolerance, discrimination, sexism, poverty and often a life in prostitution. Meanwhile they wait for the foreign surgeons to give them what they want most in life. Are their names among the five on this year’s surgery list?
The documentary features the historic day when presidents Castro and Obama suddenly announce new diplomatic relations, creating great expectations among the main characters.
‘TRANSIT HAVANA – New Heroes of the Cuban Revolution’ gives us a unique insight into the paradoxes of Cuba, showing a surprising side of an island in transition.
Master Class Barak Heymann: How to Choose Your Hero
Frontline Club, 23 October, 18:00 o’clock
Israeli director Barak Heymann returns to our festival with his latest film “Who’s Gonne Love Me Now?” and he will be giving a directing workshop.
The winner of the Public Award at CinéDOC-Tbilisi 2014 will be talking about key elements of choosing the protagonist of a story and about challenges during the working process.
“The documentary deals with real people and real stories. Therefore, the director must keep in mind certain moral aspects at the time of filming, and perhaps more importantly, what you will expose about them to the public. In addition, the director has to earn the trust of the characters, to enable intimate moments to unfold and thereby get more dramatic footage”.
The protagonist of Barak Heymann’s documentary, Saar Maoz, will be attending the master class and talk about his own experience from the point of view of a documentary hero.
Workshop for women filmmakers 2016
Swedish filmmakers Karin Ekberg and Johanna Bernhardson and Sakdoc Film, with the support of The Swedish Institute, organize for the second time at our festival a workshop for female documentary filmmakers from the Caucasus. The workshop is a follow-up of the 2015 workshop session that was very successful and appreciated by the participants. The workshop aims to empower female filmmakers in the beginning of their career and to raise awareness of gender equality behind and in front of the camera.
The workshop dates are 19 – 21 October
The workshop is funded by the Swedish Institute