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Peter Muszatics

Peter Muszatics was born in 1976. He is lawyer, producer, communications expert. Graduated from the Budapest and Vienna Universities, Peter worked as producer and director at numerous television productions. Since 2007 he is the communications director of Hungary's leading International Film Festival CineFest in Miskolc and curator of the CineClassics series, which presents film history workshops, exhibitions and screenings. Peter regularly publishes essays and articles at magazines as “Vigilia” and “Metropolis” and is a DLA master candidate of the Budapest University of Theatre and Film. He is also director and producer of several documentaries, such as Confessions of an Original Sinner (a profile of US historian John Lukacs), Process (the history of Hungary between 1920 and 1944 from the perspective of the increasing anti-Semitism). Lives in Budapest, Hungary.

Natalia Lesz

Natalia Lesz was born in 1981. She is famous and talented Polish singer and actress. She was a student of the National Ballet School in Warsaw for six years. Then, she learnt dancing at many other institutions, including the Royal Academy of Dance and Broadway Dance in London. She has graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Acting at the Tisch School Of The Arts of the New York University. Her role as Inga Sawczuk in the very popular TV series The Dancers has won her recognition of the larger audience. Natalia's professional portfolio includes many television and film roles. She starred, among others, in the following: Father Matthew, The Warsaw Pact and Lifeline. She has also performed on stage, e.g. in As You Like It (as Celia) at the Stalla Adler Theater in New York, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Shubert Theater in New York and Like a Virgin at Theatre Praga. Her debut album simply titled Natalia Lesz was made and produced in Los Angeles, while the song Power of Attraction was listed under No. 24 on the best song chart of the American Billboard Magazine. In 2009, she was awarded with the Viva Comet Awards in the Debut of the Year category. She has also been nominated for the Fryderyk Award 2009 in the New Face of Phonography category. She has recently released an album called That Girl, which has reached the Gold Award level.

Kuba Czekaj

Kuba Czekaj was born in 1984, in Wroclaw. He has graduated from directing and got his certificated for the completion of studies at the Krzysztof Kieslowski Radio and Television Faculty of the University of Silesia in Katowice (2010) and completed the Dok Pro Documentary Programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw (2011). He was granted a scholarship by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage (2009 and 2011). He has also been honoured with the “Talent Trojki” award, by the Polish Radio Program 3. He has also won the “Warto” (It’s Worth It) cultural award of Gazeta Wyborcza and the annual “Gwarancja Kultury” (Culture Guaranteed) award given by TVP Kultura. Jakub Czekaj is a winner of the second edition of Awards of His Magnificence Rector of the University of Silesia for active students and doctoral students. He is the author of short feature films, which have won him numerous awards, including: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Room, House of Roses, Beyond the Horizon, Piece of Heaven and Twist & Blood.

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The Rebels

The section Rebels has been an inherent part of the Tofifest International Film Festival for quite a number of years now. This section emphasises the main theme of the festival, which is to introduce characters and personalities whose rebellious spirit, perseverance, or talent makes them stand out among the others, and change the course of history (the contemporary one included). This section’s main focus is to present women and heroines with their strength, perseverance, and relentless consistency, shown when striving to achieve equality and civil rights. During the upcoming edition of the festival, a total of seven unique films are going to be screened in this section, offering an insight into the stories of the selected female protagonists. In ‘Dream’s Gate’, film director Negin Ahmadi will take us for a very personal journey to show us how a few Kurdish female soldiers of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) fight for equality. It will mark the Polish première of the film, which was nominated for the Crystal Bear award at this year’s Berlinale Festival. Journalist Mariana Carbajal will take us to Salvador, to take a closer look at the fate of women suffering from the most ruthless anti-abortion laws that have ever been enforced in any country in the world. The hybrid film ‘My Name is Andrea’, which was screened during the Tribeca FF in New York, is a biopic about Andrea Dworkin, one of the most famous feminist, who had fought for civil rights, equality, and justice for women long before the #MeToo movement saw the light of day. The topic of women rights is also analysed in ‘Que sea ley / Let It Be Law’ by Juan Solanas, yet another documentary film made in South America (Argentina). The film depicts a historic event – a rebellion organised by Argentinian women to establish a legal and safe way to have a legal abortion in this country. We will also get acquainted with Monika Krause, a German and a private interpreter for Fidel Castro, who became a sex educator and earned the perverse nickname ‘Queen of Condoms’, during the turmoil of the Cuban Revolution. You will also have a chance to see why the Peace Film Prize was awarded to the film ‘Seven Winters in Tehran’, during Berlinale 2023. The film is a portrayal of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a nineteen-year-old interior decorator from Iran, who became a symbol of resistance and struggle for women’s rights. The last film included in the section is a story about Marin Alsop, an outstanding conductor, who has shown extraordinary relentlessness and determination to pursue her dream, overcoming countless obstacles, to become one of the greatest female conductors of all time. She has proven that the profession she chose is not reserved for men only. List of films: Dream’s Gate, dir. Negin Ahmadi, Iran, France, Norway 2023, 64' Judged Bodies, dir. Mariana Carbajal, El Salvador, Argentina 2022, 66' Let It Be Law, dir. Juan Solanas, France, Argentina, Uruguay 2019, 86' My Name Is Andrea, dir. Pratibha Parmar, USA 2022, 94' Queen of Condoms, dir. Silvana Ceschi, Reto Stamm, Switzerland, Ireland 2007, 76' Seven Winters In Tehran, dir. Steffi Niederzoll, Germany, France 2023, 97' The Conductor, dir. Bernadette Wegenstein, USA 2021, 90'