Following its Best Director win at the North Europe International Film Festival during the previous month, ‘Two Hues’ has been awarded another global accolade of Best Women Empowerment Film at the Berlin Short Film Festival.
Shot in Cape Town, the film’s theme is gender-based violence, emotional and mental trauma. The story follows a character-driven narrative of a bipolar photographer. The film is a high concept film that relies on conceptual storytelling techniques within the scope of a limited budget. ‘Two Hues’ has a solid French influence defined by its rejection of traditional conventions and use of socio-political and existential themes. Its inspiration from the ‘90s three colours trilogy by Polish director Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski is evident in the film.
‘Two Hues’ filmmaker Weaam Williams said, it has been amazing being recognised in countries with advanced cinema culture like the UK, France and Germany. Williams said she also believes that the juries of these festivals appreciate the craft displayed in the film.
The filmmaker highlighted that the storyline is a testimony of the challenges faced by women in South Africa and worldwide. She asked audiences to continue to raise their voices against gender-based, physical and emotional violence. May the world continue to tell stories of Muslim women and their struggles in society, such as the legislation of their bodies through various laws such as Shariah or in France via law, added Williams.
The remaining screenings in May for the film are Los Angeles and the Kalakari Film Festival in India.