Critical Discussion

Susani Mahadura, Kelet, film, 56 min, 2020

FEMtastic Film Club

Kelet - Discussion

  • April 14, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Online with Zoom

Everyone is welcome to watch the films, follow this link: and use the password: Kelet!

To register for the discussion group, contact soJin at and put “FEMtastic Discussion” in the subject heading; spaces are limited.

Kelet (2020) by Susani Mahadura (Finland)
Screening dates: April 7 - 14, 2021
Discussion: Wednesday, April 14, 7 - 8:30 pm online

Film Link: Password: Kelet!

Kelet is a documentary film about Black trans beauty, courage and the importance of role models. The story follows the exceptional life of 20-year-old Kelet, a Finnish Somali trans woman living in Helsinki who dreams of becoming a model in Vogue magazine.

Susani Mahadura is a journalist and director who has become a household name in Finnish media through her award-winning national radio programme “Mahadura & Özberkan.” Mahadura appeared as a narrator on the project 24H Europe - The Next Generation, a 24-hour documentary film about young people in Europe, which was one of TV history’s longest documentaries.

About FEMtastic Film Club

FEMtastic is MAWA’s new screening and discussion series! How do women filmmakers around the world understand and articulate their lived realities? What stories are told by women that reveal nuanced and multifaceted perspectives in patriarchal societies? Intersectionality in gender and culture will be at the core of the films presented. Whether experimental, documentary or fiction, these stories manifest how personal narratives can reveal greater political discourses. You don’t have to join the discussion group to watch the films. Links will be available one week before the screening dates. Watch your MAWA “Coming Up” email and website for details. After you have seen the films, you may choose to register to join series curator soJin Chun on Zoom to discuss them. She will ask key questions to explore each film and the under-represented histories they reflect.

  • soJin Chun

    soJin Chun is a Toronto-based artist-curator who explores the alternative dialogues that emerge in between cultures and disciplines. She spent most of her happy childhood lost in translation, and her Korean diasporic experience living in Bolivia and Canada inspires her artistic and curatorial practice. Chun’s work explores artists, identities, spaces and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations. She aims to create spaces to present contemporary art that is socially engaged and relevant for communities with a lack of access to the arts while commenting on a greater social and/or political struggle. Collaboration is an essential part of her process, and she has worked extensively with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ communities in Canada and South America.