Girls just wanna have fun-damental rights – Film Series at Atelier Gardens. Curated by Canan Turan.

The self-confident and joyful German-Iranian Nico 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 this traumatic experience into empowerment.

The film stars and is produced by Sara Fazilat; “Nico” is also her graduation film at the DFFB. The cinematographer was co-writer Francy Fabritz, who deliberately chose a handheld camera and an improvisational approach. Director Eline Gehring felt it was important to put women at the center and normalize the portrayal of non-white characters. For her portrayal of the main character Nico, Sara Fazilat was awarded in the category “Best Acting Newcomer“ at the 2021 Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival, and the film also received the No Fear Award at First Steps.

View the Filmtrailer here.

D.: Eline Gehring , C.: Sara Fazilat | D 2022, 100 Min.

Opening Times: 30 Minutes before the screening.

Tickets are available online and at the boxoffice.

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.

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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