Equality in Focus

Five short films portray different types of challenges faced by women who moved to Slovenia from Colombia, Ukraine, Georgia, Serbia and Venezuela. Migrations for love, motherhood in a foreign country, separation and shared parenting, impact of moving on one’s identity, creativity in unsupportive social surrounding are the issues intensely depicted in films. Those are not journalists, experts or politicians that tell the stories on migrations and destinies related, rather the ones personally retelling important chapters of their lives.
Selected stories were directed and filmed by the participants themselves with mentoring support of APIS Institute.

Personal approach of the authors grants each piece a very special value, as these short films reveal the intimate, inner life of women, migrants and most of all, simply of fellow human beings. Nowadays, in a constantly increasing multicultural society, empathy towards people who come from various cultural environments, is highly essential. Therefore, films enable viewer to face the difference and listen to it very carefully.

Five creative short films:

Some – Body / Ne-kdo, Yuliya Molina, Slovenija, 2015, short stop motion, 4′, English subtitles

Isolated – Fusion of Double Identity / Osamljena  – Fuzija dvojne identitete, Nino Bektashashvili, Slovenia, short experimental, 8′, Slovene and English subtitles

A Woman in Hip Hop / Ženska v hip hopu, Jasna Rajnar Petrović, Slovenija, 2015, short documentary, 9′, Slovene and English subtitles

Migrant Woman, Mother in Slovenia / Migrantka, mati v Sloveniji, Yady Lorena Meza Obando, Slovenija, 2015, short documentary, 23′, Slovene subtitles

Love Moves Me  / Ljubezen me ponese, Ivana Stanojev, Slovenija, 2015, short documentary, 24′, Slovene subtitles 

Short films were produced in the frame of video workshops led by mentor for socially engaged video production Romana Zajec. Professional suppport was provided by Dr. Miriam Milharcic Hladnik with the Institute for Slovene Emigration and Migration issues ZRC SAZU. Films were produced in the frame of the project Podobe Enakosti/Equality in Focus which was cofinanced by the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Issues and Equal Opportunities (MDDSR) and Embassy of the United states of America. We are grateful to the City Library of Ljubljana, ZRC SAZU and Slovene Ethnographic museum for all the help and support provided while implementing the project.

Producer and holder of projects: Institute APIS, Natasa Kotar and Romana Zajec.

 

Some – Body / Ne – kdorsz_yuliya_3

country, year
Slovenia, 2015

genre
short stop motion

running time
4′

directed by
Yuliya Molina

language
Slovene

subtitles
English

synopsis
Visually and narratively strong short film about the eternal quest of who we are. With the movie, author presents her path in search of an answer through a series of obviously unrelated fragmented experiences, that in fact each of us can be familiar with.
Excellent film about searching oneself is deeply involving for anyone unable to succeed in self-identification out of migrant experiences, multi-talented abilities, constant restlessness, curiosity or diversity of professional experiences.

Yuliya Molina found her answer to the question which, in theory, offers the concept of, so-called, composite identity, that the author interprets as concise insight »Life is a collage«.

 

Isolated – Fusion of Double Identity / Osamljena  – Fuzija dvojne rsz_nino_1identitete

country, year
Slovenia, 2015

genre
short experimental

running time
8′

directed by
Nino Bektashashvili

language
Georgian, Slovene, English

subtitles
Slovene, English

synopsis
An Intimate, visual and autobiographical film »Isolated« speaks for the division between roles of women and mothers. This gap between identities becomes even deeper when mother turns into a single woman and the custody for child gets split between parents. Such life demands a rhythmic exchange of different ways of life and identity.

Nino Bektashashvili is half a month a mother and another half a single woman. Her short film »Isolated« shows a strain among so different roles involved and represents a way into a fusion of both parts of herself.

 

A Woman in Hip Hop / Ženska v hip hopursz_jasna_2

country, year
Slovenia, 2015

genre
short documentary

running time
9′

directed by
Jasna Rajnar Petrović

language
Slovene, English

subtitles
Slovene, English

synopsis
Jasna Rajner Petrović with her short film »Women in Hip-hop« shows that women represent a minority in a subculture of hip-hop. Despite all the obstacles on their way to the recognition in this man’s world, these are truly fantastic female dj-s, dancers and graffitti artists, approved by their hard work and organisation of their own events with an enormously strong will.

 

Migrant Woman, Mother in Slovenia / Migrantka, mati v Slovenijirsz_yady_2

country, year
Slovenia, 2015

genre
short documentary

running time
23′

directed by
Yady Lorena Meza Obando

language
Slovene, Spanish, English

subtitles
Slovene

synopsis
Yady Lorena Meza Obando is a colombian living in Slovenia. Pregnancy and motherhood brings a significant change into the life of every woman. Yet, how different the experience of pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood can be for a woman in a new country, thousands of miles away from her birthplace where her parents and friends remained?

How strong must be a woman who prepares for childbirth and motherhood far from her home? Yady Lorena Meza Obando’s short film »Migrant, mother in Slovenia«, introduces stories of three powerful women who moved to Slovenia from Venezuela, Colombia and Georgia.

 

Love Moves Me  / Ljubezen me ponesersz_ivana_1

country, year
Slovenia, 2015

genre
short documentary

running time
24′

directed by
Ivana Stanojev

language
Serbian

subtitles
Slovene

synopsis
The film talks about the migrations through the eyes of love: two women of different generations, but from the same family, retell about the destinies that brought them to Ljubljana from Belgrade.

An intimate film from the author Ivana Stanojev carries the viewer across the magics of love to the challenges and difficult decissions carried along by love. The film reveals how it feels to leave one’s home, career, friends and family behind. Apparently, half a century ago somebody else from the author’s family walked the same path for the same reason; the reason that strongly connects both women. The film uncovers the challenges that are faced and taken by those courageous ones that follow their hearts regardless of borders and distances.