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En ballong til Allah (2011) 8. mars, 2011, NRK

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Da den norsk-tyrkiske filmskaperen Nefise var liten, pleide hun å sende ballongbrev til Allah. Nå vil hun sende en ny ballong for å endre kvinnens rolle i den muslimske kulturen. Ved å følge sin mormors “Sufi”-vei, begir hun seg ut på en reise for å finne tilbake til det virkelige islam. Filmen pendler mellom hennes faktiske reise og hennes drømmer. Hun opplever mangfoldet i Kairo, Istanbul og Oslo gjennom å drikke te med den egyptiske feministen Nawal El Saadawi, finne håp og inspirasjon i livet til den 90 år gamle forfatteren Gamal Al-Banna og å treffe en ung ekstremist. På sin vandring gjennom labyrinten begynner Nefise å innse at islam ikke er den eneste kilden til problemet, men at det finnes en sammenheng mellom de tre abrahamittiske religionene og undertrykkelsen av kvinner.

Dette er Nefise Özkal Lorentzens andre film i hennes triologi om islam. Den første var Gender Me fra 2008, som tok for seg homoseksualitet. Trilogien avsluttes med Mannislam, en tredje film om maskulinitet i islam.

Crew

Production Company Integral Film AS
Producer Jørgen Lorentzen
Director Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Original Idea & Manuscript Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Cinematographer Nils Petter Lotherington
Editor Inge-Lise Langfeldt
Composer Morten Haslerud
Animator Simon M. Valentine
Researcher & Content Consultant Wael Gallab
Film Consultant Maria Fuglevaag Warsinska-Varsi
(Norwegian Film Institute)
NRK Project Leader / Co-Producer Marie Sjo
Sound Designer Håkon Lammetun (Lydhodene AS)
Post Production Sound Frode Løes Hvatum, Fanny Wadman (Lydhodene AS)
Sound Recordist Anders Mørk (Lydhodene AS)
Second Unit Photographers Nefise Özkal Lorentzen, Morten Haslerud, Hilde Malme, Ezra Gelmeydun Pertan, Lobna Labib, Koray Kesik
External Producer Lobna Labib (Video Cairo, Egypt)
First Assistant Director Morten Haslerud
Second Assistant Director Simon M. Valentine
Third Assistant Director Esra Gelmeydun Pertan
Assistant Editor Morten Haslerud
Storyboard Artist Simon M. Valentine
Online & Color Correction Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Lighting Equipment Christian Quartz
Voice-over Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Norwegian Voice-over Coach Elisabeth Endsjø
English Voice-over Coach Sarah Chanderia
Archive Stills Scanpix
Harem Postcard “Arabian Woman With The Yachmak”
Archive Footage ABC, NRK, Sexhibition (Nils Ally)
Additional Music ”Ezan” (performed by Namaa Al Ward & Hege Rimestad)
Green Screen Studio Zone 5 Studios
Developed by The Norwegian Film Institute
Workshop ”Route To Forum 2009”

Funded by

The Norwegian Film Institute, Maria Fuglevaag Warsinska-Varsi
NRK, Marie Sjo
The Freedom Of Expression Foundation
Scheiblers Legat
Norwegian Audio Visual Fund
Integral Film AS

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Festivaler


2013

Q Film Festival, Jakarta, Indonesia
World Film Awards, Jakarta, Indonesia
International Film Festival “For Spirituality, religion& Visionary”Jakarta, Indonesia
Int’l Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea

2012

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, Ohio, USA.
The International EuroArap Film Festival Amal, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
International Film Festival for Peace, Inspiration, Equality, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Transatlantyk Poznan International Film and Music Festival, Poland.
Madrid Film festival, Spain
Non-violence Film Festival, Ontario,Canada
Nominated to History Maker Award, NYC, USA.
IAWRT International Asian Women Film Festival, 8th March, New Delhi, India
IAWRT International Asian Women Film Festival, Goa, India
IAWRT International Asian Women Film Festival, Calicut, India
IAWRT International Asian Women Film Festival, Pondicherry, India
5th Vasakh film festival, Pakistan.
Scandinavian Film Festival in LA, USA.
DOCNZ Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand .
See – The Brighton Documentary Film Festival, UK.
Women’s International Film & Art Festival, Miami, USA.
Minneapolis – St. Paul International Film Festival
Samsung Women’s International Film Festival, Chennai, India.

2011

IDFA, Panaroma: Reflecting Images, Nederland
Int. Association of Women in Radio and TV, Malaysia IAWRT honorable mentioned
Rhode Island Film Festival, Providence, RI, USA Ambassador Grand Prize
Crystal Place International Film festival, London, UK Best documentary award
Marbella Film Festival, Spain
Emmentaler Film Festival, Switzerland
Human Doc International Film Festival, Poland
Flying Broom International Women’s Film festival, Turkey
Unspoken Human Rights Film Festival, Utica, NY, USA
Culture and Cultures International Film Festival, France
Radar Hamburg International Film Festival, Hamburg, Germany
Signesde Nuit International Film Festival, Paris, France

Priser

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2011 – Winner, International Ambassador Award
Crystal Palace International Film Festival 2011 – Winner, Best Documentary
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