Habibi Collective, an open source digital archive and curatorial platform celebrating women’s filmmaking from South-West Asia and North Africa would like to make manifest their virtual work by putting on a two-week summer festival, hosting film screenings, workshops, masterclasses, panel talks and parties across London, and encouraging women of colour in the film industry to come together. “Uplifting women is at the heart of what we do, and there is currently no film festival in London by and for women of colour,” says Habibi Collective-founder, Iraqi-Irish curator Roisin Tapponi. “We will collaborate with local creative organisations centring women of colour and female immigrants, and develop the festival with care and attention to a wide-range of access needs.”
The festival would come as a natural extension to SHASHA, the world’s first independent streaming service focusing on films from South-West Asia and North Africa, established by Tapponi in 2020. Later this year, SHASHA will host an exciting roster of monthly programmes, while Tapponi will be adding film events centring SWANA women in Baghdad (Iraq), London (UK) and Prizen (Kosovo) to her already impressive resumé.
Text Zsofia Paulikovics