The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) will celebrate women filmmakers, showcasing 38 noted films made by them. In fact, more than half the films in the International Competition category are by women directors.
The Kurdish director Lisa Çalan, herself a fierce survivor of an ISIS double bombing, will present her hard-hitting Language of Mountain.
Natasha Merkulova, Dina Amer, Greek director Jacqueline Lentzou, Laura Wandel from Belgium, Dina Duma, Sri Lankan director Asoka Handagama, and Bolivia’s Inés María Barrionuevo are among the prominent women directors whose films are being screened at the festival.
Afghani Roya Sadat, who gained prominence through her first work Three Dots, is represented by her Oscar-nominated A Letter to the President. Maria Schrader's film I'm Your Man, which explores various facets of what it means to be a human in the modern age; Sahara Karimi’s Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, which focuses on the dilemma faced by three pregnant women under different social circumstances; and Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl, are among the other high-profile films that will be screened at IFFK 2022.
Films by Madhuja Mukherjee, Aparna Sen and Malayalee director Tara Ramanujan will represent India in the fest.