Guests 2018



Emir Baigazin (b. 1984) is a Kazakh filmmaker. His debut feature Harmony Lessons (2013) announced him as an exciting, new talent in the world of film. He studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, and has one numerous awards for his work. All of his four films are in this year’s Films from the South festival.



Mani Haghighi (b. 1969) is an Iranian director. Film making is a family business, as he is the grandson of director Ebrahim Golestan, but Haghighi has made a name for himself. Since his debut in 2003, he has been nominated for the Golden Bear in Berlin twice. At this year’s Films from the South, we will screen his three most recent films, including The Pig.



Tolga Karaçelik (b. 1981) put his degree in law to the side to pursue film studies in the US. Even though he has lost financial support after backing peace activists in his home country of Turkey, he still completed Butterflies after 18 days of shooting. It won the jury prize for world cinema at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.



Kenyan-born Wanuri Kahiu decided to be a director at the age of 16. Her debut feature was screened at the Venice Film Festival, and Rafiki (2018) made a splash in Cannes. She is the co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, who believe in a fun fierce and frivolous representation of Africa.



Ash Mayfair (b. 1985) was born and raised in Vietnam. She has an MFA in filmmaking from NYU, and her short films have been screened at several international festivals. The Third Wife is her feature film debut as a director and screenwriter.



Marcelo Martinessi (b. 1973) is director from Paraguay. After several short films, The Heiresses is his feature film debut. It was selected for the main competition at the Berlinale, where it won the Silver Bear for Best Actress. Martinessi wrote the screenplay and produced the film, in addition to directing.



Maryam Ebrahimi (b. 1976) is a documentary film maker. She was born in Iran, where she studied art at the University of Arts in Tehran. She now resides in Sweden. Her newest documentary, Stronger Than a Bullet, looks back at the Iran/Iraq war of the 1980s and the power of photography.



Mats Grorud (b. 1976) is a Norwegian animation artist and director. He studied animation at Volda University College, and has lived in the Middle East for several years. After spending time in a Palestinian refugee camp, he made the animated documentary The Tower. It was chosen as the opening film for Palestine Film Days 2018.



Tugce Altug (b. 1987) is a Turkish actress. In her second feature film, Butterflies, she plays the leading role of Suzan, a schoolteacher.