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Friends of BISS at the Shanghai International Film Festival

29 juni 2017

I was delighted to catch up with 'friends of the school' Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday at the recent Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).

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Two years ago, this filmmaking couple spent the day at BISS where they screened their documentary Finding Hillywood - about the growing film industry in Rwanda. They also spent the day with our Film and Media students, taking part in a Q&A after the screening, then spending time in lessons offering tutorials and filmmaking advice.

Their new documentary Big Sonia screened at this year's SIFF and was shortlisted as one of the five contenders for the festival's Best Documentary prize. While they didn't win, I was delighted that they invited me to their screening and am pleased to report that their new film is as engaging as their first! The audience was moved to tears by the story of Sonia Warshawski (Leah's grandmother), who is a Holocaust survivor and still works as a tailor, while spending time telling her story to American students.

Parents and students who remember the filmmakers may be interested in helping the crowdfunding effort to help fund Big Sonia's theatrical release - further details can be found here.

I wish them all the best with their product and am hoping they will be able to visit the school again on their next trip!

Rus Ekkel, Head of Film and Media