Rose Troche is an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer with a long resumé. Her feature film debut, Go Fish (1994) was an important part of the New Queer Cinema-movement, and won a Teddy Award for best feature film. From 2004-09 she worked as a directed/writer on the TV-show The L Word. Troche has since 2014 been one of the leading directors in virtual reality (VR), and she has made the critically acclaimed series Perspective which premiered at Sundance. In 2017, she premiered her latest VR short film, If Not Love, at the same festival.
Ísold Uggadóttir is a writer/director from Iceland, holding a Masters degree in directing from Columbia University in New York. Her short films, Family Reunion, Committed, Clean and Revolution Reykjavik have screened at countless festivals worldwide including Sundance Film Festival, winning multiple awards. She received the FIPRESCI Award at Göteborg Film Festival 2018 and Screen International named her “one the rising stars of Icelandic film”. Most recently Uggadóttir was awarded as Best Director at Sundance for her debut feature film And Breathe Normally.
DONIA ISSA -The Field –CANCELLATION
22 year old college graduate, born and raised in Bethlehem to a Muslim Palestinian family. She has been involved in the activities of Roots for the past two and a half years and has been a volunteer for Taghyeer, the Palestinian national nonviolent movement created by Ali Abu Awwad, for the last year and a half. Her work also continued with Combatants For Peace for two years as the Women’s Coordinator. As a volunteer with Taghyeer, Donia Issa is one of the strong voices for women’s rights.
CANCELLATION: Donia Issa will not be able to attend the festival. In her replacement Danish/Palestinian Bilal Al-issa will be joining us. Read more below
TINUS DE SCHUNARD
Tinus is a master of the craft of burlesque. Endlessly graceful in body and spirit, Tinus leads us on a journey of tantalizing decadence. With handmade couture costumes featuring thousands of individually placed gems and beads, and performances which have been carefully constructed to seduce every last person in the audience. Tinus has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide through TV, radio, theatre, musicals, revues and his own spectacular solo shows. Truly a talent to behold.
Tami T might be best known for her song I Never Loved This Hard This Fast Before that was featured in the film Something Must Break and in the Norwegian series SKAM. She is simultaneously working on and touring with her pop-career and composing for dance-, theatre- and film projects, and she has recently produced and toured with Fever Ray. With explicit romantic lyrics, sparkling pop melodies and clubby beats she covers the dance floor and our minds in pink glitter.
HEINI Í SKORINI
Heini í Skorini holds a Ph.D. degree in international relations from King’s College, University of London. His research area focuses on the clash between freedom of expression on the one hand and religious sensitivities on the other. He has an MA degree in religious studies from the same university and a BA-degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen. Besides university teaching, Heini has worked as a journalist for both Faroese and Danish media. He has written on a regular basis for the Danish weekly, Weekendavisen, and in the Faroes, he has mostly worked in TV for the Faroese Public Service television.
Bilal Al-issa is Palestinian born in Chatila, a refugee-camp in Beirut. He was only a young child when fleeing to Denmark with his family. After he completed his education in Copenhagen, Bilal moved to Palestine for 3,5 years to become a project consultant for the Danish House in Palestine. During this period, he arranged numerous trips for young Danish-Palestinians, to re-introduce them to their roots.
Today Bibal works as a lecturer, explaining the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in schools, universities, and for companies, and a board member in the Danish House in Palestine, as well as a member of the council in ActionAid Denmark.