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Special Guests

Mazin Sherbayani

Although I consider myself as a citizen of the world and love to live in a pluralistic and multicultural society, but the reality for me is very different to be a Kurd in this day-and-age, where my identity, cultural rights and language are constantly under threats from neighboring countries, countries that are occupying the land of my ancestors which is been inhabited by the Kurds for thousands of years.

Since my childhood art and storytelling, in particular cinema, is always been the passion of my life to indulge in a phantasy world where I can be truly the soul who can cross times, places, borders, countries and meet people across the world without any boundaries or justifications. My endeavor is to tell stories that I am passionate about it and to tackle social, political and psychological issues of my people within a global understanding and awareness of other cultures.

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Tatiana Pirogova
Tatiana Pirogova

With "It", you win all men if you are a woman and all women if you are a man. "It" can be a quality of the mind as well as a physical attraction.
— Elinor Glyn (1927)

Well what happens if you are a "trap"?! In today's gender bending atmosphere it seems there is a different word describing new identities every day. It is often hard to keep up. But I would contend that if one has the "It" factor...it transcends gender, generation and societal norms. Tatiana Pirogova has definitely got the "It" factor and we are delighted that he is coming to our festival to participate on our "Constructed Identities" panel. His You Tube content is British-ly sarcastic and very "meta", commenting on the fallacies of online culture while simultaneously engaging in creating an online community. Visit (and subscribe!) his You Tube channel for a dose of comedic flair and that " je ne sais quoi"...and visit our panel September 6th at Het Ketelhuis (Time TBD) for enlightening and amusing discussion concerning this vast frontier of Cyber Identity. Just who is this fascinating creature behind the mask?

Tatiana on Tatiana:
Tatiana Pirogova is obviously beautiful and talented, but that goes without saying... Only having started in October of last year, Tatiana, had gained an audience of over 30,000 (as of this writing) who come to watch diverse content from videos on Multi Level Marketing scams to creepy PM reddit readings and Tinder proposals written by clueless weirdoes who have no idea how to communicate with women. She writes and edits all of her own material, making her a true renaissance woman. As if it can't get any better...she’s got a black belt in karate, undoubtedly adding to her feminine mystique....

Independent, strong, beautiful, she’d be the perfect woman if she wasn’t a he, wearing a dress and a wig.


Astra Zoldnere

We are so pleased to have two guests from our sister festival in Latvia here with us in 2019! Two of Astra's films showcased at Manifesto last year and for 2019, we are pleased to have her specially curate a short film program for us! Watch this space to see date, time and content of her amazing contribution!

Astra Zoldnere is a Latvian film director, curator and researcher. In her line of work practical and theoretical aspects of film interact with each other. Her shorts Treasures of the Sea (2013) and All My Dead (2014) have been shown in many film festivals and received prizes. Her latest documentary, Blueberry Spirits, (2016) was premiered in DOK:Leipzig, screened at the Canadian Documentary Film Festival HOT DOCS and 40 other film festivals including Manifesto in 2018! Astra is a program director at Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS. Since October 2018 she studies in the artistic-scientific PhD program at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

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Steve Armor

While Steve is definitely part of the entourage, we want to make sure people know how excited we are that he is returning to curate another awesome experimental program for us. Watch this space for when and where that will be!

Steve Armor is a film and AV installation curator specializing in abstract, exploratory, and fine-art cinematic experiences. As founder and director of AFX (Amsterdam Film eXperience, established 2006) with its tagline ‘Breaking Out of the Frame’, he has given a platform for revolutionary work; encompassing the visceral, art, noise, static, drone, atmosphere, music videos, exploratory art of cinema, live cinema performance, installations, VJ’s, new technologies and techniques.

AFX was a full-scale film and art festival in 2006 and 2007 in Amsterdam, and currently Steve Armor provides the service of specialized programming in partner festivals such as Manifesto (Amsterdam), Festival International Signes de Nuit (Paris), European Media Arts Festival (Osnabrük), Cork Film Festival, and Alternativa Independent Film Festival (Barcelona).

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Mateo Vega

Mateo Vega is a director of fiction and experimental films, and an underground cultural programmer. He was born in 1994 in Lima, Peru and moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands at the age of eight. Between 2014 and 2017, he studied at Amsterdam University College and at the New School in New York City, majoring in Film and Philosophy. In recent years, he completed several experimental short film projects, music videos, and his professional fiction debut Radio Voorwaarts (2018), which was selected for funding by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and the Niemeijer Foundation. His recent work is deeply intertwined with anticapitalist urban communities and underground youth culture. Currently, he is creating an artist-in-residency project called ZOILA 127, which is an expression of a sentiment similar to the one that inspired him to make Radio Voorwaarts: wanting to preserve and create bubbles in which humans can co-exist and co-create outside the daily pressure of the neoliberal market.

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