Director: Mamoru Oshii. Voices: Akio Otsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi. Japan 1995. 83 mins. Japanese with English subtitles.
First there was AKIRA, then there was GHOST IN THE SHELL. See this groundbreaking anime masterpiece how it was intended – on the big screen in glorious HD! 2029 – A female cybernetic government agent, Major Motoko Kusanagi, and the Internal Bureau of Investigations are hot on the trail of 'The Puppet Master', a mysterious and menacing computer virus capable of infiltrating human hosts. Together with her fellow agents from Section 9, they embark on a high-tech race against time to capture the omnipresent entity.
A movie that questions human existence in the fast-paced information age, this award-winning cyber thriller is one of the bestselling Japanese animation films of all time.
Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining. Starring: Tuva Jagell, Emrik Ohlander, Louise Nyvall, Alexander Gustavsson. Finland/Sweden, 2015. 106 mins. Swedish with English subtitles.
In this gender-bending thriller, three bullied teenage girls are faced with a seismic shift when they discover a curious planet. It is home to a mysterious, magical plant that, when consumed, temporarily transforms them into boys. Not only does their gender change, but the world around them, and their response to it, is also profoundly altered. Ultimately, a tangle of confused sexuality asks us who loves whom and why – and whether gender identity really matters when it comes to love.
Director: Mai Masri
Starring: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Nadira Omran, Raida Adon, Rakeen Saad. 103mins
Layal, a young newlywed Palestinian schoolteacher is arrested after being falsely accused and sentenced to 8 years of prison. She is transferred to a high security Israeli women’s prison. Shortly after, Layal discovers she is pregnant.
Through her struggle to raise her son behind bars, and her relationship with the other prisoners, she manages to find a sense of hope and meaning to her life. As prison conditions deteriorate and the Palestinian prisoners decide to strike, Layal is forced to make a choice that will change her life forever. Inspired by a true story, Mai Masri’s directorial debut is a poetic and raw allegory of freedom under occupation.
This is a special screening presented in collaboration with York International Women's Festival, Northern Women for Palestine and York Palestinian Solidarity Campaign. After the film we will be joined via Skype for a Q&A with director Mai Masri.