Director BIO: Luisa Gherdaoui (SMOKING)

Graduated with a degree in Editing-Scripting in the audiovisual sector since 1999, Luisa Gherdaoui has 20 years of experience working in the world of media and the press as a video editor. 
She works for the European Parliament, the European Commission, the RTBF as a freelancer, and she also edits various documentaries.
And for a few months she went to France to work on the set of the TV movie Sam. 
She spends most of her time in her personal work which takes up dance and writing, a passion born in her childhood. His pen is often depicted in the form of short stories or staged poems. 
Indeed, his passion is focused on the love of telling a story through his golden triangle that takes up writing, audiovisual and dance. She will perform two dance performance: 
“The Woman and the Sparrow” is a hymn to dance, and the following
“Silence” addresses the question of the meaning of equanimity while embracing the sense of quality discriminatory.
Thus, often my stories are anchored in a philosophical reflection expressed through symbolism, metaphors.
Passionate about creating bridges rather than walls, she also participates in the
cultural and mixed landscape of Brussels. Its relevance and capacity for creativity is also nourished by a life organized with ideals and struggles with people who are often discriminated against.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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