Presenting a new film series at Atelier Gardens.

About Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights:
The feminist and queer film series “Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights” explores what respect, self-determination and freedom can mean for women with intersectional identities through five international documentaries and feature films. The protagonists of the films are predominantly BIPOC and redefine their understanding of womanhood by fighting against patriarchy, racism and heteronormativity, by their will to live safely and securely and by standing up for the political rights of their community. The films are made by women and about women, but not only for women, appealing to a broad audience.


August 9: NICO (Eline Gehring, D, 2021, 75 Min.)

The film tells the story of the self-confident and joyful German-Iranian Nico, who loves her work as a geriatric nurse and enjoys the summer in Berlin, until a brutal racist attack suddenly tears her out of her carefree everyday life. Never to become a victim again, she starts a tough karate training program and manages to turn her traumatic experience into empowerment.

August 30: SINGLED [OUT] (Mariona Guiu & Ariadna Relea, ES / TR 2017, 70 Min.)

Woman, single and over 30: Jules in Melbourne, Manu in Barcelona, Shu and Yang in Shanghai and Melek in Istanbul are successful professional women living alone in a world where being married and having a family is the norm. Some of them desperately want to be in a relationship, while others prefer single life. What remains the same for all of them is the social stigma.

September 10: KÖY (Serpil Turhan, D, 2021, 90 Min.)

Filmmaker Serpil Turhan conducted intensive conversations with Neno, Saniye and Hêvîn over a period of three years. Set against the backdrop of political changes in Turkey, “Köy” tells the story of the decisions these three Kurdish women make for themselves. A multi-layered documentary about the longing for belonging, home and security – and about the freedom of the self. (Salzgeber)

October 18: APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR (Desiree Akhavan, USA, 2014, 90 Min.)

The bisexual Iranian-American New Yorker Shirin keeps her queerness a secret from her family, which she finds increasingly difficult because she longs for their acceptance and love. At the same time, Shirin tries everything to forget her failed relationship with Maxine. We suffer and laugh with Shirin during her odyssey to free herself from social norms and a fragile self-image.

November 29: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (Ana Lily Amirpour, USA, 2014, 104 Min.)

Life for the citizens of Bad City, a (fictional) Iranian ghost town, means poverty and hopelessness. Arash is fascinated by a mysterious woman who loves listening to pop music on her record player and sometimes rides her skateboard through the streets at night. But she has a bloody secret: she is a vampire who silently watches and stalks her male victims….

About Canan Turan:
Canan Turan is a filmmaker, curator, facilitator, speaker and consultant. Her focus is on diversity, anti-discrimination and representation critique in society, culture and film, looking at them with an anti-racist, postcolonial and intersectional-feminist perspective. Canan holds a B.A. in Film Studies from the Free University of Berlin and did an M.A. in Documentary Film at Goldsmiths College London. She is the director of the short film Kıymet (2012) and creative producer of the feature-length documentary From Here (2020) by Christina Antonakos-Wallace. For the Duhok IFF, AKE DIKHEA? International Festival of Romani Film, the German Film Institute and Museum, Panthertainment, Film- und Kinobüro Hessen and Vision Kino, she has curated numerous film programs, panel discussions and workshops. At this year’s interfilm International Short Film Festival Berlin, Canan is co-curator of the German Competition and responsible for the focus program “The Other German Cinema”.

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