The SisterCities project is inspired by the many years of experience of project manager Andrea Wiedemann Bolinger with exchange programs between her hometown Luzern (CH) and his sister cities around the world. Although two cities can officially become “sisters” through a written agreement, Andrea has seen that it is the people in those cities who really bring this bond to life. She has been surprised to see how quickly friendships are made when someone gets involved, is open and listens to someone else. It creates an inspiring and fruitful collaboration, sharing common passions and topics.
On the basis of these experiences, the idea came up to film women in the SisterCities who practice the same profession. Women who live on different continents, have different skin colours, speak different languages, but perhaps have the same dreams, desires and fears. SISTERS. Not through blood relation, but connected by the official partnerships of their cities and by the same choice of profession.
The short films give a beautiful picture of women in our own city and in our partner cities
In our portraits we guide the women in their cities, at their workplace and in their daily lives. Maybe they bring us to a place in the city that has a special meaning for them. Or we can go to their residential district. Or we just drive through the city with them. We go with them wherever they want. Always with the camera.
The style of filming ensures that the viewer comes very close to the person. As a result, the films become portraits, which are very honest. We look for answers to a number of topics that connect the women, but also with subjects that distinguish them. The questions are not asked literally, the texts are the result of cooperation and trust between the filmmakers and the women.
They are honest and personal stories of women. From her work, her family, her love, her grief. It is not about politics, religion or world affairs. It’s all about people.
The short films have a length of 12 minutes each. The films are recorded in the original language and then subtitled. Films, stills and stories within the Sister Cities project will be available for digital cinema viewing (4K), broadcasting and exhibition.
SisterCities, a fantastic idea from Collecting Stories – this project builds bridges!
The grand finale is also a great start. The premiere! This happens in a local cinema, with a red carpet, invited guests from home and abroad, local press and press representatives from partner cities and interested citizens. Together we watch the premiere of the film, which shows the city and the partner cities, but especially the people, the Sisters, who live there and whom we have put in the spotlight for a few minutes.
For more information please contact ambassador Andrea through firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 6 83 65 64 97