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Underwire Film Festival: Sisters of Resistance at the Barbican

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Time 16:00
Date 18/11/18
Price £11.5

Inspiring and thrilling tales of characters who stand up, resist and fight back.

From the quiet determination of social workers to the dedication of everyday activists, these are shorts that showcase the power of resistance in the face of injustice.


A female police anti-terrorist squad arrive at a remote village in Northern Pakistan to question the villagers (mostly women) about two men that they are looking for. Before they leave they are attacked by three Taliban men who escape the but not before capturing one of the officers and attempting to execute her forcing the squad leader to race against the clock to save her.
Nominated for:
Producing Award – Sarah Saifi

“When a young Manx girl encounters kulning – a mysterious Viking song with the power to lure cattle, she learns the beauty and power of nature. Overcoming her fear of these strange Viking neighbours, instilled in her by her xenophobic, neglectful parents, she attempts to master the call herself, risking her life to save the cows from slaughter.
Nominated for:
Cinematography Award – Diana Olifirova

Yohana, a teenage girl from a remote community in the Norwegian Arctic must decide the fate of the oil worker who has killed her father. In just seven seconds, she must make a life and death decision that will not only mark her forever, but also determine the very future of her people.
Nominated for:
Acting Award – Dagny Backer Johnsen

Sarah is a key worker in a woman’s refuge. Amne is her new client. For Amne the journey from victim to survivor is painful and traumatic. For Sarah the emotional burden placed on her shoulders is overwhelming. Safe Space chronicles the relationship between the two women from the day Amne arrives until the day she must leave.
Nominated for:
Acting Award – Rebecca Grant
Production Design Award – Jessica Berry

Bloody Activist takes us into the world of London-based Gabby Edlin, who set up Bloody Good Period to collect period supplies for refugees, asylum seekers and those who can’t afford them.
Nominated for:
XX Award

Trans Dad Fernando Machado became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans girlfriend Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador last year. This film is an intimate and touching portrayal of a couple getting to grips with parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles. With exclusive access to the new family in its earliest days, we see how this remarkable duo balance parenting with a career in activism.
Nominated for:
Producing Award – Olivia Crellin