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FATMA 75 + North African Food with Africa in Motion

Fatma 75

Join us for food and a screening of FATMA 75, a groundbreaking 1975 feminist documentary by Tunisian filmmaker Selma Baccar!

FATMA 75 directed by Selma Baccar, Tunisia 1976 (60 min).


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Banned by the government that funded it, Fatma 75 was the first non-fiction film by a woman from Tunisia and was only screened once before being buried by censors.

Until recently, FATMA 75 was lost to Scottish audiences. But in 2017, Africa in Motion (AiM) film festival restored a number of Lost African Classics, added new English subtitles and brought films from the African continent back to Scottish audiences. FATMA 75 was one of them, but it never screened in Glasgow.

The film is a pioneer of feminist filmmaking. Shot at a critical moment in time for women’s rights in Tunisia in 1975, it tells the story of women’s roles in Tunisian society from ancient history to the UN International Women’s Year in 1975.

Director Selma Baccar is a pioneer of Tunisian cinema and television who studied at the French Institute of Cinema. She also sat on the Assemblée Constituante that rewrote the Tunisian constitution in 2011 to include changes that were heralded by the UN as ‘a breakthrough for women’s rights’. Fatma 75 offers a fascinating insight into where her extraordinary career began.

This evening at MILK Cafe will include a screening of FATMA 75, delicious North African food* and the opportunity to discuss the feminist themes of the film in an inclusive and relaxed way after the screening.

*Food is included in the ticket!

Supported by Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network, and funded by Creative Scotland and Lottery funding from the BFI.

The screening also made possible by the Africa’s Lost Classics (ALC) project. ALC is organised by the Africa in Motion Film Festival and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of Glasgow in the UK.

NEW MOON (European Premiere) with Africa in Motion

This poetic film weaves together childhood images, meditative musings and documentary footage as we follow the journey of director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann’s conversion to Islam. She shares with us her strong affinity to Rumi poetry and guides us through her creative process as she is tasked with making a film about the building of a new port in Lamu, Kenya. As she gets lost in the creation of a film she didn’t want to make, she instead uses her own experiences and connections she builds with a local family in Lamu to turn the story into her own spiritual voyage. A meditation on how our paths to religion and spirituality can be tangled and different, Ndisi-Herrmann articulates the complexities of finding faith where you least expect it.

New Moon won the Adiaha Award for best female-directed documentary at the 2018 Zanzibar International Film Festival, and as part of the award Africa in Motion has invited the filmmaker to the festival.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.

Watch the trailer here:


Venue access information can be found here (Hillhead to Bank Street accessibility map, building E9).

This screening is part of Africa in Motion Film Festival – get your tickets here.