Min-hee Kim and Jung-woo Ha in a scene from the movie The Handmaiden.
Min-hee Kim and Jung-woo Ha in a scene from the movie The Handmaiden. Contributed

Five films on TV to celebrate International Women's Day

TODAY is International Women's Day and to mark the occasion SBS is airing five fierce films to showcase women in film.

Gretel Killeen hosts the special Wonder Women edition of World Movies. The diverse line-up features award-winning films from Sweden, Russia, South Korea, Turkey and Nigeria.

"It was hard to whittle it down to five, but each film that we've selected is an important perspective in the picture that paints the increasingly powerful wondrousness of women and film," Gretel said.

Here's why, according to Gretel, each of the five films made the cut:

Mustang (2015, Turkey), tonight at 8.30pm

 A scene from the movie Mustang.
A scene from the movie Mustang. Contributed

"Mustang beautifully raises questions about culture, tradition and beauty and whether the human spirit can ever truly be extinguished by those who have more power."

 

Zoology (2016, Russia), Thursday at 8.30pm

Natalya Pavlenkova in a scene from the movie Zoology.
Natalya Pavlenkova in a scene from the movie Zoology. Contributed

"Zoology is a modern day fable about the far too common reality, throughout history and the world, of society persecuting women who are different: free spirited, sexual, individual or outspoken."     

 

Girls Lost (2015, Sweden), Friday at 8.30pm

A scene from the movie Girls Lost.
A scene from the movie Girls Lost. Contributed

"Girls Lost is a combination of fantasy and harsh reality that looks at the physical and emotional upheavals of adolescence while addressing restrictions and expectations of gender."

 

The Handmaiden (2015, South Korea), Saturday at 8.30pm

A scene from the movie The Handmaiden.
A scene from the movie The Handmaiden. Contributed

"The Handmaiden is a love story that encapsulates the unstoppable power of passionate women, their determination patience and perseverance, and reminds us that you underestimate the power of women at your peril."

 

B for Boy (2016, Nigeria), Sunday at 8.30pm

A scene from the movie B For Boy.
A scene from the movie B For Boy. Contributed

"B For Boy is a heart-wrenching drama that challenges us to wonder just who and what rule our lives, if we're ever alone to make our decisions, and what are the boundaries when it comes to fighting for your life?"


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