Conversation between Latvian filmmaker Laila Pakalnina and programmer Mariana Hristova, specialist in Eastern European cinema. Buy tickets

Place: Filmoteca de Catalunya Date: Saturday 23rd February at 18:00

Laila Pakalnina (Liepāja, Latvian SSR, 1962) is a Latvian filmmaker. She graduated in directing from the State Higher Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow in 1991. She finished her studies with the short film The Linen, which would lead to a renowned trilogy along with The Ferry and The Mail. Since then, she has created a prolific career, making about forty films, most of them being documentaries, but also delving into fictional stories. Always with one foot on the alternative side of production, making films of all lengths (short films, medium-length films and feature films) her singular, unusual, often funny look is a genuine artistic creation that crosses borders to express her feelings and thoughts.

Mariana Hristova is a Bulgarian film critic, cultural journalist and programmer specialising in cinema from the Balkan countries and Eastern Europe. Likewise, she is interested in avant-garde, amateur and underrepresented cinema. She collaborates with Cineuropa, Talking Shorts, Klassiki Journal and the website of the Bulgarian film society She received the Film Critics Award from the Balkan film website She is a member of FIPRESCI and delegate of the international association Camira for Bulgaria. She is also part of the selection committee for the Sheffield International Documentary Festival – SIDF.

Presentation of the film Al Djanat by Myriam Mallart, doctor and professor at the University of Barcelona. Buy tickets

Place: Filmoteca de Catalunya Date: Thursday 22nd February at 18:00

Chloé Aïcha Boro was born in Degougou, Burkina Faso. After graduating in Literature, she began her career as a journalist in the written press, before dedicating herself to audiovisuals. She won the Galian Award in 2005 as host of the TV Koodo show. In 2006, she published her first novel Paroles d’orphelines, (L’Harmattan) of autobiographical inspiration. In 2012, settled in France, she began her work as a director with the short film Sur les traces de Salimata, followed by the feature films Farafin Ko (2014), France-Aurevoir (2017) and Le Loup d’Or de Balolé (2019), being the first woman to win the award for best documentary at the historic FESPACO, the Pan-African Festival of Ouagaduogou. In 2018 she published her second novel, Notre jihad intérieur (Les Éditions La Bruyère) and in 2023 she released her fourth feature-length documentary, Al Djanat.

Myriam Mallart has a doctorate in French Philology from the University of Barcelona and is a lecturer in Modern Languages and Literature and the Master in Construction and Representation of Cultural Identities (CRIC) at the University of Barcelona. She is also a researcher in the GRC research group ‘Creation and thought of women’ and the GIMA Project: Gender, image and materiality in the literary culture of modernity (1880s-1930s). Her work revolves around the question of otherness and the writing of history from a gender perspective in French-speaking African literature. She has participated in conferences and published various articles about the Cameroonian writer Léonora Miano, such as Léonora Miano: escribir la historia desde la frontera. La imaginación como fábrica de creación de una historia decolonial (Dykinson, 2023), Le train décolonial de Katiopa dans Rouge impératrice by Léonora Miano. Lately, her research focuses on theatre written by women in French-speaking Africa, and she has published a study on the theatre scene in Senegal in S’exhiber au théâtre: l’emergence de dramaturges sénégalaises (Çédille, 2023).

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