Published: 02 Mar 2018

Lecturer's documentary film to premiere in Paris

With the Oscars ceremony taking place this weekend, the medium of film is very much in the news at the moment. But it's not all about Hollywood - independent filmmakers are also making headlines, among them our own lecturer Masa Hilcisin, who heads the Creative Media Production programme at Prague College.

Her new feature, 'I Realized I Never Wrote You A Letter, Mom', is being premiered on 14 March at the 40th International Women's Film Festival in Paris as part of the International Documentary Competition.  Jackie Buet, founder of the festival, has praised the film for its poetry and emotional impact.

We asked Masa to tell us a little about the project:

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Masa, many congratulations on having your screening at the festival. What is the film about?

'The film is dedicated to my mother who passed away a few years ago. It's an experimental documentary film which traces my personal journey throughout pre-war, war and post-war life, and in many ways is a personal statement about war experience which could happen anywhere and to anyone.'

And this is not your first movie..
 
'No - I've made films before, mostly films about women or various violations of human rights. Among those films are 'Not If You Can But You Must' (2006), 'Queer Sarajevo Festival' (2009), and 'Personal Semiotics of War' (2013). At the moment, I am in the post-production phase of a documentary film portrait about an extraordinary woman, Hana Kleiner.'

I believe that the film in competition also involved colleagues and students from Prague College?
 
'That's right. I wrote the script and then prepared for the production part. But some of our Prague College colleagues and students were also involved in this project. Among them are Peppur Chambers who gave her creative inputs on the script and Lamija Cehajic, who helped with the editing.
 
What are your hopes for 'I Realized I Never Wrote You A Letter, Mom'?

Well, it is the first time I have submitted anything to this particular festival, so we will have to see. But I hope to see further screenings at festivals, as well as creative storytelling workshops for women around the world, which have come about as one of the results of this film. 

I Realized I Never Wrote You A Letter, Mom' will be screened at 9pm on 14 March in Creteil, south-east of Paris, as part of the Films de Femmes festival.