Women in Film 2018 | Ava



Dir. Sadaf Foroughi | 103 min | 2017 | PG13

Ava is a 17-year-old model student from a well-to-do family whose strictly controlled life in Tehran, Iran revolves around school, violin lessons and curfew. When her relationship with a boy leads her mistrustful and overprotective mother to violate her privacy, Ava is overwhelmed by a newfound rage and begins to rebel against the strictures imposed by her parents, school and society at large.

Ava is a coming-of-age film that provokes us to consider what it means to grow up and chart one’s life in a conservative, patriarchal environment where societal pressures and expectations constantly threaten to overpower inner motivations and desires.

· Won – Toronto International Film Festival 2017, Discovery Award (FIPRESCI Prize)

· Screened – Film Society of Lincoln Centre, New Directors New Films 2018


Post-Screening Discussion with Leong Puiyee and Aishah Abu Bakar

Leong Puiyee
Leong Puiyee is a manager at Objectifs, where she is responsible for the film programmes and projects. She has managed film events such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, cINE65 Short Film Competition and the Fly By Night Video Challenge. She is also the Programme Manager for the Singapore International Film Festival. She was part of the pre-selection committee of the 2017 and 2018 SEAShorts Film Festival in Malaysia. An occasional zine artist, Puiyee has taken part in the 2013 Tokyo Art Book Fair and Print Lab: Art and Design publication exhibition under Grey Projects.

Aishah Abu Bakar
Aishah Abu Bakar was previously the Programming Manager of Moving Images at The Substation. She was in charge of organizing film screenings and related events, such as the Singapore Short Film Awards, the Experimental Film Forum, Singapore Indie Doc Fest, and First Take, a regular running local platform for first time filmmakers. She had previously been a film traffic coordinator for 2007 and 2009 editions of the Singapore International Film Festival, and has had a hand in television productions for Mediacorp’s Channel NewsAsia and Suria. Aishah is currently Programme Manager of the Singapore International Film Festival.



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About Women in Film & Photography 2018

Women in Film and Photography is Objectifs' annual programme celebrating extraordinary and groundbreaking works by women filmmakers and photographers, highlighting the important contributions that women make to the arts.

With the backdrop of collective moments like #MeToo and #TimesUp gaining momentum in the past year, the fourth edition of Objectifs' Women in Film and Photography takes on the theme of COLLECTIVE POWER. We turn our spotlight to filmmakers and photographers who seek to empower and effect change within and across communities through their work.

Visit our website for information about the programme: objectifs.com.sg/wifp2018

About the filmmaker

Sadaf Foroughi is an Iranian born, Montreal-based filmmaker who began her artistic career in 2003 by creating and producing short films, documentaries and video art. She participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus as a writer/director in 2005. She co-wrote, co-produced and appeared in Kiarash Anvari's feature-length film The Pot and the Oak (2017). She holds an MA in Film Studies from the University of Provence and a degree in film production from the New York Film Academy.


Header image: Ava by Sadaf Foroughi
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