Invitation to Networking Event:
Nowruz – A Celebration of Resilience and New Beginnings

We cordially invite you to a special networking event in celebration Nowruz on March 24, 2024! In collaboration with our partner THINKUP Connectivity e.V., a non-profit organization, we present the International Shortfilm Festival Women’s Empowerment. A selection of short films will be showcased, followed by a stimulating discussion on Women’s Empowerment and the challenges women face worldwide.

Date & Time: March 24, 2024 | 8 PM | doors open: 7:30 PM
Venue: Superraum | Brückstraße 64, 44135 Dortmund

Presentation of three short films, featuring special guest artist and filmmaker:

Shahram Karimi
A radiant star of artistic mastery

A star-quality artist, Shahram Karimi illuminates the glamorous world of creativity. His skills as a painter, film production designer, poet, and critic have made him an icon whose work spans over three decades, telling visual stories that capture the complexity of Iranian identity and the universal human experience. Like a contemporary Matisse, occasionally influenced by Picasso, Karimi unfolds his artistic vision in a multifaceted dance of colors and forms. He uses colors not just to describe surface textures but, like Matisse, as a means to convey the color sensations triggered by the impression of the subject on the artist.

Born amid the ancient whispers of Shiraz, Shahram Karimi’s artistic journey mirrors the vibrant tapestry of Iranian culture. Embracing the rich heritage of his homeland, Shahram’s work resonates with personal memories and national identity, woven together in a symphony of colors and emotions.

Trained as a painter, Shahram imbued his works with a unique depth, where each painting became a vibrant narrative. Yet, his artistic vision also found expression in film. Collaborating with renowned figures such as Shirin Neshat and Shoji Azari, he shaped films of timeless beauty and significance, including the award-winning “Women Without Men”.

Shahram Karimi worked particularly closely with director Richard Raymond on the film “Desert Dancer”, where his keen eye for detail and his ability to blend historical context with contemporary storytelling were clearly evident.

In addition to his film projects, Shahram Karimi is known for his work on “Empty Nets” (2023), “Logic of the Birds” (2002), “Windows” (2006), and “Open the Door” (2021). These works reflect his relentless search for new forms of expression as he continues to explore the boundaries between art and life, past and present.

Despite his success in the film industry, Shahram’s heart has always been devoted to painting. His works are poetic odes to the longing for the lost homeland, a homage to the past, and an invitation to self-reflection. Inspired by the rich tradition of Persian poetry, he weaves timeless verses into his artworks, connecting past and present in a unique way.

Today, as he travels between Germany, Iran, and the United States, Shahram continues his artistic journey, always seeking new ways to understand the world through the lens of his art. His paintings and films serve as bridges between cultures and generations, reminding us that the true beauty of humanity lies in its diversity and unity.

Shahram Karimi will enrich our Nowruz Festival and Short Film Presentation in Dortmund with his presence. We look forward to hearing his critical and precise comments on the short films. His participation promises to be an inspiring experience that not only provides insights into the world of film but also reflects on the development of the film scene in Iran. Shahram’s presence will enrich our event and celebrate cultural diversity.

Nowruz is celebrated in various countries with different rituals, forming a colorful mosaic of festivities and traditions. Within this diverse tapestry reflects the splendor of nature’s rebirth and the magic of communal unity, filling us with joy, unity, and certainty that together we can overcome any challenge fate may present us.

Our program includes the screening of three inspiring short films from various countries, capturing the unique stories and experiences of women. Experience the diversity of female perspectives, challenges and triumph stories.

Here is a brief introduction to the selected short films:

  1. NATSU DANCE, written & directed by Teruyoshi Uchimura, Japan 2023
    Hitoyoshi Kuma, Kumamoto, Japan, birthplace of Uchimura Teruyoshi, boasts nature, hot springs, and rich culture. Despite setbacks from the 2016 earthquake and 2020 flood, a high school girl dreams of reviving her town through international Breaking dance events. The short film showcases Hitoyoshi-Kuma’s resilience post-disaster, featuring famous landmarks and memories of the 2020 flood.
  2. The Last Party, written & directed by Matteo Damiani, Italy 2022
    The Last Party is a short film about two elderly sisters, Celeste and Teresa, reuniting after many years. Despite feeling forgotten in a small provincial town, they proudly assert their desire to live fully, reclaiming roles often denied to women in their youth. It’s never too late to reconnect, share stories, and find one’s place in life’s journey.
  3. Katvoman, written and directed by Hadi Sheibani, Iran 2022
    Before the father arrived, a mother and son played the Catwoman-Batman Game. Meanwhile, noise and screams emanated from the next door, suggesting that the neighbor had harmed his wife. It was now imperative for the father to intervene in the game before the son became aware of the situation.

Following the screening, we warmly invite you to participate in a discussion where we will explore Women’s Empowerment and delve deeper into the messages and themes of the short films. Expect an enriching exchange on empowering women in all aspects of life and promoting gender equality and equal opportunities.

This event offers a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, establish new connections, and advocate together for an inclusive and just society. Be part of this important discussion and let’s work together for a better future.

Participation in the networking event is free and open to all. We look forward to your participation and an inspiring evening filled with engagement and dialogue!

We kindly request a voluntary donation.

Registration at the specified address is requested.

Poster design: Raban Ruddigkeit

Donations should be directed to our partner organization:
Think Up Connectivity e.V.
IBAN: DE66 4416 0014 6617 8557 00