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Ghazaleh Golbakhsh

Ghazaleh, an Iranian New Zealander and multihyphenate filmmaker, came to Aotearoa aged 6. Her Masters in Documentary thesis film, Iran in Transit, premiered at the International Student Film Festival in Tel Aviv after winning the festival’s Alternative Competition and won the Outstanding Student Film award at the Beijing Student Film Festival in 2013.  Ghazaleh then used a Fulbright General Graduate award for further post-graduate studies in film production and screenwriting at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, became an intern for Sundance and was elected as the Women of Cinematic Arts Student Board co-chair. As an emerging filmmaker she was selected for the first Commonwealth Writers Film Lab in Auckland. Her fifth short film, The Waiting Room, has just been selected for the International Exile Film Festival in Sweden. Four years ago, when I last interviewed her, Ghazaleh’s feature screenplay At the End of the World, a coming of age road trip comedy, had b…

#DirectedByWomen #Aotearoa 2019

#DirectedByWomen #Aotearoa is back, this time in collaboration with Wellington’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Network; and generous assistance from those listed in the credits! 
The multi-dimensional programme celebrates the visits of Maria Giese, Hope Dickson Leach and Nasreen Alkhateeb to Wellington, after they participate in the Power of Inclusion Summit. Thanks to Māoriland, Maria and Nasreen will also attend a screening in Ōtaki. ------------ Maria Giese is the Nipmuc/US director who initiated the ongoing Federal investigation into Hollywood’s discrimination against women directors.
Hope Dickson Leach, UK director, co-founded Raising Films — an organisation that advocates for parents/carers working in the screen industry, and develops practices to support them.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, US director, leads diverse broadcast, digital and film storytelling projects that empower new voices and advocate for gender/racial/ability rights and climate change issues.
Nasreen in Greenland for NASA

Isabel Coixet

Isabel Coixet, based in Barcelona, has made 14 feature films, many of them award-winning. Her Elisa & Marcela,about two women who married in Spain — in 1901 — when one of them adopted a male identity, was in 2018 the first Netflix film selected to compete for the Berlinale’s Golden Bear. Isabel has her own production company, Miss Wasabi, which makes narrative films, documentaries and commercials; and is also an activist — a member of CIMA, the powerful Spanish group that in 2010 kickstarted this iteration of European women’s film activism when it brought together women working in the audiovisual sector in Europe to create the Compostela Declaration. Later, Isabel became Honorary President of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network that grew out of the declaration. She was also a member of the Cannes Camera d’Or Jury, led by Agnes Varda, in 2013.

I interviewed Isabel by Skype, at the Te Auaha cinema in Wellington, on September 19 2018, the 125th anniversary of New Zealand women …