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Karoline Pelikan is a documentary filmmaker and cultural manager. The films of her production company Pelikan Pictures focus on intimate portraits, gender violence and women's rights and were awarded by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture and cultural organisations such as the Goethe Institute, Alliance Française and Ibermedia Spain. Her short films October 1st, (S)HE, and Lifeline were screened at international film festivals. Currently, she works on the digital documentary project I Said No, an audiovisual study of the extent and nature of gender-based violence in Peru.

In 2018, Karoline founded the social arts project EmpoderArte, that creates safe spaces for women across Peru and uses audiovisual tools to tell creative stories that focus on regional issues. EmpoderArte also supports both UEA research projects Through Female Eyes: Women of Peruvian Cinema and Women of Influence: Exploring the Potential and Impact of Indigenous Female Community Participation and Leadership in Peru.

Her distribution project Cine Latino promotes the work of independent Latinx filmmakers. In collaboration with independent UK cinemas, academic institutions, and in partnership with other organizations such as the Festival of Latin American Women in Arts, Karoline’s main goal is to shed a light on socio-political issues that are creatively told through innovative Latin American films.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions