WORLDWIDE CYCLING SHORTS
The opening programme on Sunday brings together a set of short films that showcase the bicycle as a force for good. From the story of Dhaka’s only female rickshaw driver, to the quest of three Nepalese women spreading the sport of mountain biking; witness some amazing tales of human endeavour on two wheels.
West Norwood Picturehouse
Sunday 25th November, 2pm
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USA 2015 8min.
Dir. Mike Brown
Follow professional mountain bikers Graham Agassiz, Matt Hunter, and Matty Miles on a mind-bending neon themed night ride through the moonscapes of Southern Utah to the Ewok forests of the Pacific Northwest.
PULLING RICKSHAW IN A MAN’S WORLD
Bangladesh, China 2017 3min.
Dir. Claudia Hinterseer
Sumi Begum, Dhaka’s only female rickshaw driver, pulls passengers through the streets of the city, breaking traditional gender roles while supporting her daughter.
Iran 2017 14min.
Dir. Mohammad Talebi
A beekeeper delivers sweetness by bicycle to villages in the Iranian mountainside. Meanwhile war looms in neighboring Syria.
MAMADOU WARMA: DELIVERYMAN
USA 2017 9min.
Escaping political persecution in Burkina Faso, Mamadou Warma came to the United States for new opportunities. Now a New York bicycle delivery man, he looks optimistically toward his future, despite the obstacles of being an underpaid immigrant in a wealthy metropolis.
FREILAUF VIENNA’S CHANGE ON TWO WHEELS
Austria 2017 13min.
Dir. Florian Hofer
Witness the evolution of bicycle culture in Austria from its roots in Critical Mass and Bicycle Film Festival.
UK 2017 4min.
Dir. Alex Gambs
Watch who you mess with.
Germany 2016 3min.
Dir. Steven Prael
A refugee bike story. Part of the exhibition “The Own Drive” at the Pillnitz Palace in Dresden.
Sweden, Uganda 2016 15min.
Dir. Emilia Stålhammar, Veronica Pålsson, Elsa Löwdin
Amanda Ngabirano’s biggest dream is to have a cycling lane in her city, Kampala, Uganda. This nation faces a chaotic and dangerous traffic environment, but also struggles with endless queues, pollution, motorcyclists and cars attacking from every angle. An impossible task according to most, but not according to Amanda Ngabirano.
Nepal 2018 25min.
Dir. Francesca Weikert
Three Nepali women —Usha, Nishma, and Roza— are dedicated to spreading mountain biking to other females. These women witness the impact they leave as role models for others across the Himalayas.