Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

NITA LUCI

Ass. Prof. Nita Luci is a feminist scholar. She teaches at the University of Prishtina where she chairs the Department of Anthropology. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of nationalist cultural politics, manhood, memory, and political movements. She co-founded the University Program for Gender Studies - UP, and has received numerous research grants, fellowships, and led teaching/research projects. She has also worked with participatory and contemporary art initiatives, recently as investigator on the UKAHRC/GCRF Changing the Story project, exploring ways in which artists, arts organizations, and initiatives, can engage young people on civic education, heritage, and social justice.

WOUTER JANSEN

Wouter Jansen is the owner of the sales and festival distribution company ‘Square Eyes’, which represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, and collaborates closely with the filmmakers to devise bespoke festival distribution and sales strategies. This has resulted in a small catalogue of films premiering at prestigious festivals and winning multiple awards over the last few years at Cannes, TIFF, Berlin, Locarno and Clermont-Ferrand. Wouter has been lecturing at schools like Le Fresnoy, HEAD Geneva and Netherlands Film Academy as well as moderating and leading workshops at festivals like IDFA, Locarno, True/False, Winterthur, VIS Vienna Shorts and others. He is a Berlinale Talents alumni.

ZIAD KALTHOUM

Ziad Kalthoum is a Syrian filmmaker currently living in Berlin. In his first documentary OH MY HEART he portrayed a group of Kurdish women who have chosen to live in a society without men. The film was banned from screening in Syria due to political reasons. In 2012, during the outbreak of the Syrian revolution, he began working on his first feature film THE IMMORTAL SERGEANT while serving a compulsory military service. The film had its premiere at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014, while in 2015, he won the BBC Arabic Festival in the ‘Best Feature Documentary’ category. Refusing to fight his own people, he deserted from the Syrian Army in 2013 and fled to Beirut where he started to work on TASTE OF CEMENT. The film has been traveling to festivals around the world and has won various awards, Golden Sesterce for Best Feature Documentary at Visions du Réel being one of them.