The project, founded by Rabab Ghazoul, started its life as the ‘BME Women’s Film Club’ in 2004. In 2013, the BME Women’s Film Club joined forces with the WOW Festival to become the WOW Women’s Film Club. In recent years funding from the Big Lottery's People & Places fund has enabled the Film Club to expand its reach into grassroots community spaces and support women from minority ethnic communities, including refugees and asylum seekers.
The Film Club’s rich work has been supported by a series of partnerships with cultural, community and voluntary sector organisations, including Women Connect First, Samaj Community Centre, Artes Mundi, BAWSO, Taff Housing Association, South Riverside Community Development Centre, Women’s Equality Network Wales, Chapter Arts Centre, Swansea Waterfront Museum, Unity in Diversity, Oasis Refugee Centre, Butetown Pavilion, Butetown History and Arts, Displaced People in Action and many, many more.
Jasmine Chowdhury, a public and community health worker says that “Watching inspiring films and the discussion afterwards are powerful ways to encourage women to start talking about issues and challenges that affect their lives.”
In 2018, as the Film Club looks to expand its work into Newport and Swansea, during its third year of the Big Lottery project, we welcome on board Amy Morris, an animation producer and project manager, who says, “I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in, and making connections with new communities and organisations in my hometown of Newport. 2018 is going to be packed with activity for families alongside some inspiring, moving, fascinating and brilliant women only screenings, programmed for us by the WOW Film Festival.”
WOW Women's Film Club is an Audience Development project supported by Film Hub Wales.