Bicycle Film Festival – Ladies on film
We round up the women on film using bikes to change the world – all showcased at this year’s brilliant Bicycle Film Festival
The Bicycle Film Festival returns to London this November with an exciting line-up of shorts and feature films from around the world, along with a host of supporting events and parties. If you love cycling, you’ll love this excuse to indulge your passion while munching popcorn – and you’ll love the programme of female focused films that showcase the bicycle as a force for good. Here are a few highlights…
Netherlands 2016 16min. Dir. Fadi Hindash
This inspiring story from the Netherlands tells the story of a group of migrant women from Southeast Amsterdam who meet once a week in a gymnasium to learn how to cycle. Supervising their bicycle course is an awesome Ghanaian woman nicknamed ‘Mama Agatha’, who inspires ladies from China, Pakistan and Suriname to get on two wheels for the first time. This is about so much more than learning to ride a bike, though, with the impact of this one act having a far-reaching impact on all of their lives.
2018 5min, Dir. Kelsey Leigh
They’re fast, feisty and fearless – and you can’t help but be mesmerised by them as they glide majestically through the New York City streets. Yes, we’re talking about female bike couriers, whose lives you get to enjoy in this captivating short. Who are they, where are they are going and what are they after? All will be revealed… and if you don’t have a fixie yet, you’ll almost certainly be buying one after this.
KATURA – PECKHAM BMX UK 2017
3min. Dir. Nick Rowley
CK Flash started the Peckham BMX club on a scrap of wasteland, building a course from scratch. Here, we see female BMX champion, Kat Davidson (pictured), showcasing her talent and showing why young riders from the local area really benefit from life on two wheels.
PULLING RICKSHAW IN A MAN’S WORLD
Bangladesh, China 2017 3min, Dir. Claudia Hinterseer
Sumi Begum, Dhaka’s only female rickshaw driver, pulls passengers through the streets of the city every single day to make a living. But this seemingly everyday job tells a much bigger story, with her breaking traditional gender roles, celebrating physicality and enabling her to support her daughter in the male-focused world in which she lives.
Sweden, Uganda 2016 15min, Dir. Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Löwdin
Amanda Ngabirano’s biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in a nation that faces a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment, endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking from every angle. In Uganda, where she lives, this is an impossible task according to most, but not according to her. A true lesson in the power of positivity and belief.
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