Producing An(other) Cinema -Talk with Documentary Producer Elhum Shakerifar
Date(s) - 07/26/2020
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
About this Event
Elhum is an outspoken advocate of the need to challenge mainstream narrative and to bring quieter voices to the big screen. In this special talk with the BAFTA nominated producer, Elhum explores how we can challenge the industry’s in-built elitism and sexism.
Over the last decade producer Elhum Shakerifar has established herself as a vital voice in the world of international documentary, working with a range of directors on highly acclaimed films, including A Syrian Love Story and Almost Heaven. Elhum is a BAFTA nominated producer, winner of the 2017 Women in Film & TV’s BBC Factual Award, and one of Screen International’s 2018 #Brit50 Producers on the Rise.
This talk will be hosted by Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor, a producer and writer who received Breakthrough Producer Nomination – BIFA 2019 for Blue Story. Joy is also known for Boxx and Haircut and runs her own production company, Joi Productions a Film production company focused on Queer, Black and Female-led work.
Elhum’s multi-award-winning credits include The Reluctant Revolutionary (Sean McAllister, 2012), The Runner (Saeed Farouky, 2013), multi-award-winning A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015), Even When I Fall (Sky Neal and Kate McLarnon, 2017), BIFA winner for Best Documentary, Almost Heaven (Carol Salter, 2017), ISLAND (Steven Eastwood, 2017) and Of Love & Law (Hikaru Toda, 2017). Working with a range of partners including BFI, BBC, Sundance, Doc Society, The New York Times, Irish Film Board, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Women Make Movies to name a few, her work has been broadcast internationally and screened at festivals including Berlinale, IDFA, Rotterdam, CPH:DOX and Dubai Film Festivals. Elhum was recipient of the 2016 BFI Vision Award and is part of the 2019 EAVE cohort.
Bridging the gap between UK festival visibility and distribution, she began to work on specialist distribution strategies with titles including Wadjda (Haifaa Al Mansour, 2012) and The Lebanese Rocket Society by (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, 2013). In 2015, she self-distributed A Syrian Love Story (Sean McAllister, 2015) in the UK to such high visibility that it was named #3 Best Film of 2015 by the Guardian and was nominated for Film Campaign of the year at the Screen Awards 2016.
Formerly programmer of Bird’s Eye View Film Festival (2012-14) and notably of the hugely successful focus on Arab Women Directors in 2013 and three-month curation of Canary Wharf Screen in 2014, Elhum is now MENA and Iran programme advisor for London Film Festival and Film Curator for Shubbak, festival of contemporary Arab culture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Arab British Centre’s Award for Culture.
This event is part of Other Cinemas July Weekender exploring the power of helping non-white communities tell and share their own stories. For more screenings and talks happening on that weekend, see here:
Other Cinema is a project set up to share the films and stories of black and non-white people in spaces and ways which aren’t alienating to these communities. We focus on films and documentaries by established black and non-white filmmakers and invite them to share their journeys, struggles and successes in the field. Other Cinemas also champions new and emerging black and non-white filmmakers in the hopes of building spaces and connections which are sustaining to these filmmakers who often struggle in a sector which can be hostile to them. Other Cinemas was established by Turab Shah and Arwa Aburawa, two local filmmakers who wanted to make the world of film more accessible Brent’s diverse communities.
This event is supported by Brent London Borough of Culture 2020 and Wembley Park.