29 Nov – 2 Dec 2012
The first London Feminist Film Festival will take place at Hackney Picturehouse from 29 November to 2 December 2012. The festival will screen feminist shorts and feature films from women directors around the world, including films by up-and-coming directors as well as feminist classics. Each film session will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring prominent filmmakers, feminists, academics, and arts critics.
The London Feminist Film Festival was set up as a response to the underrepresentation of women in the film industry, as well as to the lack of films addressing feminist issues and the fact that the representation of women on screen is often narrow and stereotypical.
The festival aims to celebrate women creatives whilst ensuring that this feminist ethos also extends to the films we show. It will be a celebration of feminist films past and present. The aim is to inspire discussion about feminism and film, to support women directors and to get feminist films seen by a wider audience.
More details here...http://londonfeministfilmfestival.com
ALL TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE HACKNEY PICTUREHOUSE WEBSITE
THURSDAY 29 NOVEMBER 6.30 pm
Lesbiana – A Parallel Revolution UK PREMIERE + panel discussion
Documentary about the lesbian writers, philosophers, and activists who were key players in creating a revolutionary sisterhood in the 1980s.
Followed by OPENING NIGHT PARTY!
FRIDAY 30 NOVEMBER 9 pm
FEMINIST CLASSIC: A Question of Silence + panel discussion
30th anniversary screening of Marleen Gorris’ award-winning film exploring themes of living in a patriarchy. A rare opportunity to see this cult classic!
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 1 pm
HERSTORIES: shorts + panel discussion
Taxi Sister UK PREMIERE
Documentary about Boury, a taxi driver in Dakar, Senegal, as she forges her way in a male-dominated profession.
As a Warrior (Como una Guerrera) EUROPEAN PREMIERE
Drama about a victim of domestic violence who finds the strength to be her own knight in shining armour.
Deals with the myth in China that it is bad luck if a woman sits on a camera box on a film set.
A group of women in rural India are being trained as video journalists. We see them as they document their everyday lives and talk about the problems of growing up as women in a patriarchy.
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 4 pm
PRISONS + panel discussion
Women prisoners in the UK experience the therapeutic effect of creative writing.
The Witches of Gambaga
Award-winning documentary about a community of women condemned to live in a camp for ‘witches’ in Northern Ghana.
SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 6.30 pm
Audre Lorde – The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992 + panel discussion
Documentary on award-winning African-American lesbian feminist poet Audre Lorde and her contribution to the Afro-German movement.
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 1 pm
Ladies’ Turn + panel discussion
Documentary about a women’s football tournament in Senegal. An inspiring story of women pushing boundaries.
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 4 pm
MEMORIES + panel discussion
I Too Have a Name (Enakkum Oru Per) UK PREMIERE
A Tamil woman goes about her daily existence as a nun in the ravaged northeast of Sri Lanka at a time when her country is slipping in and out of war.
The Border Crossing
An award-winning, highly original exploration of the director’s memories of violence whilst hitchhiking through the Basque Country 30 years ago. The film melds past and present, fiction and documentary, to create a spellbinding montage of memories.
SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 6.30 pm
FIGHTING BACK! shorts + panel discussion
A session of short films dealing with issues around sisterhood, the links between sexism and violence against women, and women fighting back. The panel discussion will explore these themes and how people can get involved in feminist activism.
The Womanhood UK PREMIERE
A girl is inducted into ‘The Womanhood’ and learns about the special powers she will gain as a result.
Give Us a Smile
Animation dealing with sexual harassment, women’s objectification in the media, and ways women are fighting back.
She Was No Greta Garbo UK PREMIERE
This animated short shows some of the rape myths and victim blaming attitudes that prevail when women report rape.
Kung Fu Grandma
Elderly women in Kenya undertake a self-defence course to help protect themselves from rape by young men in their community.
Followed by AWARDS CEREMONY.