A LOCAL filmmaker had two weeks to organise a film festival which will take place tonight at Cardonald College Glasgow– in celebration of International Women’s Day.
By Magdalene Dalziel
CAROL Cooke, director of Scrumptious Productions, was challenged to arrange Women on Film: the Quest for Equality after she received a tweet from Oxfam International asking her how she intended to mark the annual event.
The screening will feature a range of short films highlighting the quest for equality all over the world.
Also scheduled for the bill is a sneak-peak look at the production company’s upcoming feature length documentary, Barefoot in Business – which focuses on three female entrepreneurs in Uganda.
From Guatemala to Glasgow
Carol, whose Creative Cardonald-based production company specialises in social documentary and community outreach, said: “We have had so many films submitted that are so good. We have a couple from Al Jazeera, one really big hitter with Dame Judy Dench and Daniel Craig, another one has Condoleezza Rice putting the international women’s movement to right; we’ve got issues from female circumcision to abortion to the use of the media representing women.
“What we really like is the fact that subjects are from Guatemala to Glasgow; it’s not just issues in the developing world, its making us think what’s important for us, what are the issues and what can our role be in it – there is one film in particular that will move anyone.
“We have had so much help and support from everyone at Creative Cardonald so I’m just really excited now.”
She added: “I really hope to meet some students as well. I’m here in Creative Cardonald and am keen to collaborate with as many as possible.”
Also likely to feature is 1billionhungry, a short film by former students Dan Lowrie and Amy Hanlan.
The festival will be in keeping with Oxfam’s ‘Get Together’ theme – which will see almost 450 UK events take place, encouraging people to get together in celebration of sex, and to raise money and awareness for women worldwide.
Women on Film: the Quest for Equality takes place at 7pm tonight in Cardonald College Glasgow. Tickets are priced at £10/£5 for students and concessions with all proceeds going directly to Oxfam International.