SOAS University of London

SOAS and centenary partner Bertha DocHouse to host a series of powerful new films on gender inequalities

16 May 2016
Hafu film poster

***For the 2017 Mixed Roots Series, visit the Bertha DocHouse pages***

Each screening will be followed by discussions with filmmakers and academics.

Umbilical Cords, 4pm, 24 May 2017

Hafu, 4pm, 31 May 2017

Indochina: Traces of a Mother, 4pm, 7 June 2017

As part of its centenary celebrations, SOAS University of London will be screening a series of recent acclaimed films from Africa, Asia and the Middle East which challenge gender inequalities. Hosted at Bertha DocHouse, one of SOAS’ centenary partners, each screening will be followed by intense debate and discussion with filmmakers and experts.

The films have been chosen to show inspiring people tackling gender inequalities in original and revealing ways: from Hooligan Sparrow, the revolutionary Chinese activist for women’s rights, to the famous Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene, the “Father of African Cinema” and also one of the most committed feminists of the twentieth century; from the women and men who have shaped feminist struggles in the Arab world, to the contemporary LGBTI and “waria” communities of Indonesia who are bravely asserting their rights.

Co-hosted by the Centre for Film Studies and the Centre for Gender Studies, the programme includes:

  • Hooligan Sparrow, 4pm, 18 May  

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Nanfu Wang (via Skype) chaired by Dr Xiaoning Lu (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)

Event co-hosted with the SOAS China Institute (SCI)

  • Feminists, Insha’allah! The Story of Arab Feminism, 4pm, 25 May

Followed by a panel discussion with Professor Nadje Al-Ali (Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS) and Dr Marle Hammond (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)

  • Sembene!, 4pm, 1 June

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Professor Samba Gadjigo chaired by Dr Lindiwe Dovey (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)

Event co-hosted with the Centre of African Studies

  • Emak dari Jambi (Mom from Jambi) and Pertanyaan untuk Bapak (A Question for Dad), 4pm, 1 June

Followed by Q&A with filmmakers Yatna Pelangi, Mayk Wongkar, Anggun Pradesha and Rikky M. Fajar (TBC) chaired by Dr Ben Murtagh (Centre for Film Studies, SOAS)

Event co-hosted with the SOAS Queer Asia conference, 10-11 June 2016


Bertha DocHouse is one of SOAS’ centenary partners. Based at Curzon Bloomsbury, Bertha DocHouse is the UK’s first cinema dedicated to documentary films and events. The cinema offers a vibrant programme of international cross-genre documentaries, as well as frequent post-screening filmmaker Q&As, panel discussions and events.

For further information and to book tickets visit the programme page.