Screening Dates

Hong Kong: 

March 5 @ 19:30
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Cheung Yu Tung Building Lecture Theatre 7 (CYT LT7), No. 12 Chak Cheung Street, Chinese University of Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong

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When Norwegian-Turkish filmmaker Nefise was a child, she used to send balloon letters to Allah. Now she has decided to send a new balloon to challenge the role of women in the Muslim culture. Following her grandmother’s “Sufi” path, she embarks on a quest to discover the essence of Islam. As she strolls through the maze of doors, it dawns on her that maybe Islam is not the only source of the problem – that there may be a link between the three Abrahamic religions and the oppression of women.

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and producer living in Oslo. Over the past two decades, she has produced and directed several controversial documentaries related to Islam. As a result of her dedication to the LGBTQ community and human rights, she’s been named one of the TOP 10 immigrant role models in Norway. Her trilogy of films entitled, Gender Me (2008), A Balloon for Allah (2011), and ManIslam (2014), brings alive these untold stories through public visibility. Utilizing her workshop concept, “Gender Activism Through Films”, she has been cooperating with various NGOs and hopes that, one day, gender segregation and violence against women will be a long-forgotten aspect of history.

English with Chinese subtitles