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Leyla Bouzid’s first feature film ‘As I Open my Eyes’ was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival 2015. It is a musical film set in Tunisia before the Arab Spring. In the days leading up to Tunisia’s Arab Spring, 18-year-old fresh graduate Farah clashes with her mother Hayet over her budding independence.
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" For me, Art and Cinema must be creative, having experimentation and research "-Sandra Da Fonseca




Director SHIN Suwon from Korea , graduated from Seoul National University and started her career as a teacher in middle school. During her teaching career she wrote and published two novels focused on teens’ lives. Finishing her 10 year career as a teacher, she entered the Korea National University of Arts(KNUA) and studied script writing. After graduating from KNUA she started her career as a filmmaker. 
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Munsur Ali was born in Bangladesh and arrived in the UK at the age of two. He grew up in East London, witnessing first-hand the social, economical, and political changes there. He went to a Church of England school, while after school hours he studied Arabic and Bangla. He also taught himself to speak in Urdu. Munsur graduated with honours in ‘B.A. Film and TV Production’ and shortly set up his film production company in 2003.
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"I want my films to leave a historical legacy and be a point of reference on a given subject matter"- Munsur Ali





Recently the film Fotograf / Photographer by Irena Pavlásková was screened at the Kolkata International Film Festival. The film inspired from the life of renowned photographer and celebrity Jan Saudek. It focuses on the maestro's relationships with women, specifically the devoted Liba, who enjoys subtle yet complete control over Jan. In addition to numerous indelicate scenes, the brief flashbacks also reveal Jan's ill-fated past, including conflicts with the police and state security agents and a nightmare from his childhood.  Abhijit Ganguly spoke to actress Máša Málková, who played the female lead in the film.
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“Do really what you love and don’t lose hope ever”- Máša Málková





Bai Ling has the key to success. Do what you are passionate about. If you do that, everything else flows and life is not a struggle. Bai Ling, who has starred in major Hollywood ventures such as "Anna and The King", "Star Wars 3" and Ang Lee's "The Wedding Banquet"  was here as the jury for the KOLKATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2015.
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"Close your eyes and ask your heart: what is my gift?" - Bai Ling



Emine Emel Balci was born in Turkey. She holds a degree in cinema and television from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul. 
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“I wanted the film to create a discussion about what is good and evil, our daily moral issues and the sacred things which were already alienated”- Emine Emel Balci






After working for many years as a producer at Lemming Film, Marleen Slot founded Viking Film in 2011. Marleen studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and specialised in Media Entertainment. In 2007 she attended the EAVE producer’s training and in 2009 she participated in ACE, the workshop and network of European producers. 
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“For me it's always very important that I can be myself and that I am honest.”- Marleen Slot

Khadija Al Salami, Yemen’s first female filmmaker and producer, was born in the mountain city of Sana’a. Forced into child marriage at the age of ll, she rebelled against her family and existing values, daring to leave her husband and seek a divorce. With determination and courage, Khadija Al Salami gained personal freedom and changed her fate.
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Yemeni filmmaker tells a powerful story despite threat from extremists



Ayesha Noor, 19 years old, has braved all odds to make it to one of the five personalities from India, along with Bangladesh, Kenya,Peru and Jordan to be the face of Women and Girls Lead in partnership with USAID. The documentaries initiate to promote positive change, in order to address a range of gender issues.Abhijit Ganguly spoke to Netherlands film producer and director Koen Suidgeest of Independent Television Service (ITVS) who was here in Kolkata to shoot the film 'Girl Connected' in the dingy bylanes of Beniapukur where the black-belt Ayesha Noor lives. The film would be screened in different parts of the world to inspire other women.
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Documenting the inspiring journey of Ayesha Noor

Bestowed with striking features and stunning curves, this buxom-beauty is Mia Bella! Mia has been taking the European modelling industry by storm and in a short time span has established herself phenomenally. She has set milestones in her career by winning several beauty contests such as Miss Globe 2011 China.  Click on the link to read more

“I think it is not enough to have only a nice figure. You need to have a big heart and be intelligent.”



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